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

Preparation:

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**

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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.

Bobbins

 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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Gift Sewing for Sewing Friends

I really like sewing gifts for others as long as I think they’re appreciated.  If the recipient doesn’t care of the item is from Walmart, why would I waste my time and effort when I can be doing more selfish sewing.  I know I’ll appreciate my sewing gifts to myself.  hehe

IRL Sewing Friends

I’m really lucky to some great IRL sewing friends.  I know my sewing friends certainly appreciate handmade items so I take the opportunity to sew them items when I have the time and occasion.  Awhile back I had two occasions to make gifts.   I’m blogging about them now because I had to keep the gifts a surprise.

Occasion #1: New Born Baby

For my friend, Raye Ann, who just had her little boy, I made him a baby bedtime bag.  This is a PDF pattern from Running-w-Scissors.  It’s swaddles the baby and has a zipper at the bottom for easy changing.  I had a hard time finding boy knit in the quality and weight that I wanted, so I went to the Goodwill and bought some large t-shirts for $2.  I picked a really cute dog t-shirt.  The weight was really nice.  I was able to reuse the ribbing from the t-shirt neck and the ribbing already matches.

Goodwill T-shirt

Would have been nice if I noticed the lettering on the shirt.  It’s a t-shirt from a local high school.  FBLA is their Future Business Leaders Association.  Ooops.  I was able to cut off the high school name but couldn’t avoid the FBLA.

Baby Bedtime Bag Front

Double oops is when I noticed the back of the t-shirt had the names of the students in the club.  Yes, I’ll deal with it. LOL

Baby Bedtime Bag Back

One of modification I made was to move the snaps to the left side.  I did this to avoid the dog image.

Baby Bedtime Bag Snaps

The other slight modification I did was to use an invisible zipper.  I already had the red zipper in my stash.  I like the way it looked and I’m hoping it’s easier to spot when changing the baby.

Baby Bedtime Bag Changing Access

The pattern came with a free leggings pattern so I whipped one up from remnants from my pajama jeans.  The topstitching is pretty horrid.  I was just climbing out of my sewing no-jo so it was an effort to just get something done before it wouldn’t fit on the baby anymore.

Leggings

Occasion #2: TBD

I’m going to have to wait to blog about this gift at a later date.  I haven’t given the gift yet so I don’t want to ruin the surprise.  More to come…

Happy gift sewing,

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