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
- Fat quarters in red, orange, yellow, green, blue, purple and light grey.
- 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**
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.
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.
- 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.
- 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.
- Turn the ring inside out. Stuff with Polyfil. I use a flat head screw driver to stuff it all the way into the tube.
- Form the ring by putting the closed end into the open end.
- 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.
- Repeat with the rest of the rings going from largest to smallest/bottom to top.
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.
Link to my Pattern Review.
Happy Stacking Toy Sewing,