Fin is getting into all sorts of trouble thanks to his crazy rolling / (almost) crawling skills. To keep him out of harm’s way I decided to stock his play room with soft plushy toys for the time being. The Happy Stacker pattern from Heather Bailey fit the bill and made for a fun project. This project is best reserved for a weekend as it took me about 12 hours to complete.
I started with the largest ring first. Figuring out the pattern was a little tricky and it took me about 3 hours for just the first ring. The instructions are well-written, but it still takes a little head scratching to match the pictures and instructions with the half-sewn thing in your hand. Once I had the first ring down the rest came much easier. The hardest part of the project was hand sewing the pole and the rings closed after I stuffed. I’ve never worked with polyfill before and the floor of my sewing room looks like it snowed recently.
The nice thing about this project is choosing mismatched fabrics to make each ring stand out. I tried to stick to fun but neutral (non-baby) fabrics (mostly from Amy Butler’s awesome collections) so the finished result wouldn’t look too feminine. Cutting and sewing perfect circles is challenging, and mine came out far from perfect, but I don’t think Fin noticed. When I stuck the completed toy in front of him he seemed confused at first, then dived right in. He is still a little young for this toy (he tried to eat it) but he’ll grow into it. Thankfully the rings are machine washable.
Another “made with love” project that’s Fin approved. He’ll be stacking away and learning his shapes in no time.