Photo: Fabric Dolls & Soft Toys

I run a range of workshops teaching people to make dolls and toys. Toys do not need to be for children, grown ups like them too. Participants can design their own or use a pattern. Different generations can work together converting kids’ drawings into toys.

Some have a flat bottom specifically designed to sit on a desk or shelf which make great desk pets. This workshop could also be themed for festive events as an ‘Elf on the Shelf’ workshop.

Toy making can be a great way of reusing fabrics particularly old clothing either deconstructed or as part of the design like with sock creatures. (These can be adapted to use more or less sewing or even stitch free using rubber bands and glue.)

As part of the learn to sew course, I developed workshops in making clothes for teddy bears as a way of learning dressmaking skills in a economical, low stress way.

As well as craft skills, I have used doll making to explore identity and aspirations. They can also be used to look at cultural or historical themes. For a no/low stitching option, check out my wired figures workshop.

Due to CE regulations, toys made in the workshops must be for personal use or gifting rather than for sale.

Photos from:

DIY Theatre sock creatures workshop.

Blue Room soft toy workshops, Friends Meeting House.

Ruth workshops with women of non-british origin for No Nonsense Theatre, Lanternhouse.

Crafty Wotnots.