Archive | April, 2011

Easter Break

25 Apr

Appologies for the missing toy… I was really busy helping the Easter Buny hide Easter Eggs. Come back soon for last weeks toy


15_Mr. Tea

17 Apr

I had a dream, that a bunch of tea towels with big eyes and black shoes marched towards me. Let me introduce you to Mr. Tea…

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It will take you around 3 and a half – 4 hours to make. Much less if you have a sewing machine.  I recommend a lot of adult help/supervision.

You´ll need:

_To download and print these files:

If you have an A4 printer:



If you have an A3 printer:


_2 tea towels. they can be ones you’re about to discard. This is all about recycling.

_An A4 piece of black felt.

_A felt tip pen or marker (to draw on the tea towel)

_A white colour or silver marker, something that shows when you draw on the black felt.

_A small pack of cotton or polyester filling.


_Glue stick.

_Black thread and another colour that matches the colour of your tea towels, I used red.

_Needle or sewing machine.

How to make Mr. Tea:

1. Print the files above and cut all the shapes over the continuous line.

2. If you printed the A4 files, stick the two halves of Mr. Tea together using a glue stick.

3. Using the pieces of paper as templates, draw the outline of Mr. Tea , the shoes and eyes. You´ll need to draw:

– 2 outlines of Mr. Tea on tea towels.

– 4 shoes on black felt

– 2 eyes on black felt.

4. Cut all the pieces out.

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5. Cut the templates over the dotted line and draw the new outline inside of the shapes you’ve cut. The new line indicates where you’re supposed to sew.

6. Join the shoes to the bottom of the tea towel Mr. Tea shapes. Note that after sewing everything together you’ll flip Mr. Tea inside out, so make sure that the seams of the top shape are facing up, and the ones on the bottom shape are facing down. Check the image below to make this clearer.

7. You should have 2 Mr. Teas with shoes. Put one on top of the other and sew everything together. Leave one corner open, big enough for your hand to fit comfortably.

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8. Turn Mr. Tea inside out. It can get a little tight when trying to do the shoes…be patient! and if you need a little help you can use a pen or round scissors to help you push from the inside and flip everything out.

9. Get the cotton or polyester filling and start filling Mr. Tea, small bits at a time. Make sure the shoes and the tips of the arms are really full. Keep adding filling until it´s full; try to make the filling even.

10. Sew the remaining corner of the tea towels to close Mr. Tea.

11. Place the eyes about 4 cm from the top and sew them with black thread.

Mr. Tea is ready to play!!!

© 2011 Fernanda de Uriarte

© 2011 Fernanda de Uriarte

© 2011 Fernanda de Uriarte

So this character came out of one of my weird dreams… how about turning one of yours into a real friend?

14_Easter Bunny Ears

11 Apr

Not exactly a toy but these ears will sure put you in the mood for this year´s Easter Egg hunt.

© 2011 Fernanda de Uriarte

This one´s really quick. It`ll take you about 45min-1hr.

You`ll need:

_A piece of synthetic fur, about 50x50cm (I chose white but there are tons of colours, no one said bunnies must be white!)

_A headband the same colour of the fur.

_Thread and needle.

_Thin cardboard, you could recycle a biscuit or cereal box.

_UHU glue.

_Pink marker.

How to make your Easter Bunny ears:

1. On the cardboard, draw the shape of an ear.

2. Cut it and use it as a template to draw the other one, just to make sure they`re both the same.

3. My piece of cardboard was white so I applied the pink marker directly on it to colour the surface. If yours is not white, stick a piece of white paper covering all the surface and colour it pink.

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4. Get the piece of fur and use one of the ears as a template to draw its shape on it. Make sure the furry side is facing down! Draw a line, parallel to the one you just drew about 2 cm out.  Draw a “V” shape from the tip of the inner line towards the outer line. Check the image below to see what I mean.

5. Repeat step 4 for the other ear and cut them both.

6. Place one of the pink cardboard ears on the fur, inside the first line you drew. You should have a 2cm strip all around it. Put some UHU glue on the strip and fold it over the cardboard.

7. Do the same with the other ear. You should now have 2 ears, all furry on one side and pink with a furry edge on the other.

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8. Hold one of the ears on one side of the headband. Use the thread and needle to fix it. If you`re using a hard headband like mine, you won´t be able to sew throw it, so pass the needle from one side of the ear to the other a few times, as if you were tying it up.

9. Cut a small piece of fur and stick it over the thread to cover it and give the bottom of the ear a nicer finish.

10. Do the same with the other ear.

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11. Now that both ears are on the headband, you`ll notice they look a bit stiff. Bend the cardboard a little bit towards the front or the sides to give the ears a bit of personality.

© 2011 Fernanda de Uriarte

Ready for some egg hunting?



10 Apr

Hi there! I’ve had a migraine all day so I’m sorry to say I won’t be able to post this week’s toy today. Come back later this week for the latest toy.


3 Apr

I know it´s fun to sip up your straw and make some noise but I think we could be less noisy and have more fun with these.

© 2011 Fernanda de Uriarte

We´ll be making the nodes or connecting pieces to put the straws together. It´s not hard to make them, but it will take a while to cut all of them out and put the pieces together. It will take about 3 hours just making the nodes, plus aaaaaall the time you want to spend building strawctures.

You`ll need:

_ To download and print these files:

1 x 2dnodes

2 x 3dnodes

_ Thin cardboard (I recycled a couple cereal boxes)

_ Ruler

_ Cutter or Exacto knife

_ Glue stick

_ UHU glue

_ A pack of straws. (the thin ones, about 5mm in diameter)

How to make your strawctures:

1. Print the files above. I suggest you print one copy of the 2D nodes and 2 copies of the 3D nodes so that you have enough to make interesting strawctures.

2. Using the glue stick, stick the prints on the cardboard; if you`re recycling, you might have to cut some pieces and rearrange them to fit your pieces of cardboard.

3. Cut all the pieces using the cutter or exacto knife. You´ll see that on the 3D nodes file some lines are red and dotted; that means you`re not supposed to cut all the way through. Lightly pass the blade a couple times over the lines, just enough to be able to bend the cardboard.

4. Use the UHU glue to stick the 3D nodes pieces together. Check the chart below to know what to stick to what to get all kinds of 3D nodes.  The 2D nodes don´t need anything else than cutting.

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3D nodes chart:

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Now that the nodes are done, let´s get the straws ready.

5. Cut the part that bends at the top of the straw. Get rid of the bendy bit but keep the strait one.

6. Cut the bottom part of the straw in half and you`re ready to start building!

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You can make 2D shapes or 3D strawctures. You can try combining the 2 to make more interesting stuff.

© 2011 Fernanda de Uriarte

© 2011 Fernanda de Uriarte

© 2011 Fernanda de Uriarte

You could try using different lengths of straws, or even sticking more or less pieces together to make other kinds of nodes… keep adding 3d nodes to keep making your strawctures bigger and bigger!