Stacking Ring Toy – Free Pattern

This is the continuation of the Sewing Gift for Sewing Friends blog post.  For my IRL sewing friend, Jill from Oh Crafty One, I made her little boy a stacking ring toy.  This a soft and washable version of the plastic stacking toy I had as a kid.  Unfortunately for me, this doesn’t seem to be a popular sewn item as I found very few tutorials and even fewer patterns.  Does no one need instructions to make one because it’s just some rings?  I’d say that the ring pattern isn’t far from a circle skirt and there are a gazillion tutorial and pattern for those.  Fortunately for everyone, I’ll made this tutorial with a free PDF pattern.

 Stacking Ring Toy

Stacking Ring Toy


Gather supplies:

  • Fat quarters in red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple and light grey.
  • Polyfil
  • 7.5″ square of 1″ NU-Foam
  • Download and print stacking ring toy pattern.  **If you downloaded the PDF prior to 9-22-14, please re-download the file.  I had an error on page 2, the cone pattern piece.  The curve at the top should be concave not convex**

stacking ring toy download button

Cut pattern pieces from from fabric making sure the color of the pattern piece matches the color of the fabric.  My fabric is Japanese cotton from superbuzzy.  I did have a lot left over from the fat quarters so you can search your scraps piles material instead.

Cut Rings

Wind bobbins.  Since I’m love matching thread colors, I switched over my thread for each piece.  If you want to be a more efficient sewist, you can use a neutral like white on all of them.


 Cut a 7.5″ square of 1″ NU-Foam.  2 squares of 1/2″ NU-Foam will also work.


Sew the Cone Base:

  • Fold the cone piece in half the long way, right sides together.  Sew up the sides and across the stop.  Turn right sides out.
  • Stay stitch around the base of the cone and around the square base with the hole. Cone Base
  • Clip to but not through the staystitching.  Place the cone into the square base with the hole and stitch around the circle of the cone.  Cone Base 2


  • Attached the square without the hole to the bottom of the cone base.  To do this, stitch the 3 sides, stuff the cone with Polyfill and the base with NU-foam and stitched the last edge by hand or machine.  I used NU-foam because it’s mildew resistant and could handle wet situations like the washer or a child’s mouth.  It’s not the most stable base.
  • **Tip:  To make a steadier base, Jill had the great idea of making the bottom an envelope closure and fill the base with a square of vinyl stuffed with rice.  Make sure you remove the rice square before washing.**



Sewing the Rings

  • Put the matching ring pieces right sides together.  Sew around the outer and inner edge of the ring and across one of the ends.  It’s best to start with the largest/purple ring because it’s the easiest.Sew ring
  • Turn the ring inside out.  Stuff with Polyfil. I use a flat head screw driver to stuff it all the way into the tube.Stuff the Ring
  • Form the ring by putting the closed end into the open end.Form the Ring
  • Here is where I screwed up a bit.  I formed the circle stuffing a random amount into the open end which changes the size of the rings.  If you look at the finished photo my purple ring is barely larger than the blue one.  To prevent this, you should place the ring onto the cone and pin it to fit around the cone.  This is also another reason to start with the largest/purple ring.  Once you get the size correct, fold up a small seam allowance and hand stitch the ring together using a ladder stitch. Close the Ring
  • Repeat with the rest of the rings going from largest to smallest/bottom to top.



Recipient Reaction

I did look like Jill’s son enjoyed the toy.  Though he also enjoyed random scraps of fabric so maybe I’ve spent way too much time on this.  I hope someone else can benefit from my efforts.  If you do give the pattern a try, let me know if you have successes or issues it.

Stacking Ring Toy Disassembled

 Link to my Pattern Review.

Happy Stacking Toy Sewing,

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36 Responses to Stacking Ring Toy – Free Pattern

  1. Debbie Dominguez says:

    This is adorable and I do like the cloth instead of plastic rings. I’m a sewer specializing in cloth diapers but wanting to expand to a few baby toys and accessories. What are your requirements for me to use your pattern for items I can sell? I would not sell them in mass, maybe at local craft fairs or at my Etsy store.
    Thank you for sharing a great pattern!
    P.S. I also have 5 m/o twin granddaughters that I will definitely make this for!

  2. Tamera says:

    Do you have a video for this? I’m confused on the steps to add the cone to the base. Sorry total newb at sewing!

    • Hi Tamera. Welcome to the wonderfully confusing world of sewing. Sorry I don’t have a video but I can maybe guide you through. I’m assuming you sewed the cone since you’re asking how to attach the cone to the base. My best advice would be to put the pieces together like they would look when it’s complete. It should look somewhat like the orange cone safety you see on the road near construction areas. This will help you visualize which pieces go where. The square piece without the hole is at the bottom, then it’s the square piece with the hole, then its the cone shaped piece with the wider end at the bottom. Now that you have the pieces sorted out you can see which edges need to connect to each other. If it helps you can pin the pieces together before you sew them. If you make a mistake it can be easily unpicked and resew. No harm. No foul. Let me know where you get stuck or if you have specific questions and I’ll try my best to help.

  3. Amber says:

    I don’t think it’s right that you don’t approve the negative comments. It’s deceptive to come to the site and only be able to get some perspective on people’s take of your pattern. I do appreciate the time you put into it, but it was hard to follow for a beginner.

    • Hi. I don’t know which negative comments you’re referring to. Did you try leaving a comment on my site and it didn’t go through? If you need more details please ask. Or there are patterns on Etsy that might have better instructions for beginners.

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  5. Corrie says:

    Hello. I was able to successfully print out the pattern except for the 3rd ring. My printer in only black and white and the yellow of that 3rd ring does not print out. Is there any way you could tell me the diameter of the 3rd ring? It is a cute project and I can’t wait to make it! Thanks!

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  9. Noa says:

    Loved it!! Could you please send me the pattern? thanks so much!

  10. Wendy says:

    Love to make this for my grandson but I can not find any place to download everything I press nothing happens please help this will be a nice Christmas gifts thanks !

  11. Tammy says:

    I would like to make it a bit larger. Do you think if I just increase it by 25% before I print that all will still fit? It should, right?

    • There are a couple of things to consider if you attempt this. First, the pattern pieces won’t all fit on the sheet a paper. I’m assuming you’re going to print at 125% scale and not taking it to a print shop to enlarge. To fill in the missing pattern lines would be pretty easy for the ring and base pieces since the radius is the same all around. So it you can find the center and one outer edge you can figure out the rest of the pattern. The cone of the base will be a little more tricky because you don’t really have a guide of where the middle is. I would recommend that you make your own cone pattern piece by rolling up a sheet of paper into a cone and putting into your sewn rings. Tape. Mark the base and cap. Cut it apart vertically. Add seam allowances. So the second consideration is that you’re also increasing the seam allowances. Rough math is that it’ll be slightly under 1/2″ or 0.46875″ to be exact. You can use a piece of blue tape to mark that on your machine as a guide. Those are the watch outs that I can think of. If I think of anything else I’ll let you know.

  12. Lola Naylor says:

    This is a terrific idea! I am going to make one for my grandson and one for my granddaughter. I’ll let you know how they turn out…. 😛 Thanks for posting this.

  13. missy says:

    hi for some reason i can not open the link to print the pattern etc ….please help, thank you

    • Hi Missy. I’m sorry you’re having problems. You have to click right on the word “download” which is next to the folder icon. If you’re on Windows, you can either right clicking and choose “save as”? Or if you left click it should bring up another window with the option to either open or save as. I’ve gotten hundreds of downloads so I know the link is working for some, at least. Look for an e-mail from me in your inbox.

  14. Jordana says:

    Hi. I love this stacking toy and want to make it for my son but I must be missing the pattern link. When I click the download button all I get is a pattern for the square base – no cone or rings. :/

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  16. Accordion3 says:

    This is lovely! Well done!

  17. Anne says:

    Oh, that is sooo cute!! I’ve got a Craft Gossip post scheduled for tomorrow morning that links to your tutorial:

  18. Julianne says:

    I love this idea! My husband’s nephew is expecting his first baby any day now, and I think I’ll put together one of these. The center cone reminds me of a serger cone. Nice work!

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