How to sew a Snapazoo animal.
Originally posted on April 9, 2012
These are seriously cool. I have snap pliers through kamsnaps.com and this was one of the tutorials they posted for 101 things to make with snaps. Apparently this was a "puzzle" toy that they sold, and they're no longer making so they're available to recreate for personal use only. They are pretty clever- it's a toy made of snaps and material that you can snap into different animal shapes.
Here's two links that will help you create one of these toys for yourself or your children/grandchildren/etc:
-Kamsnaps: How to make a Snapazoo Toy (includes a pattern)
For my Snapazoo, I saw a soft cloth mat used for making jewelry (I guess you place your stones and such on the mat while you're doing whatever you do with them...) and thought it'd make a good Snapazoo. I got two layers of this for each Snapazoo that I want to make (I bought enough for two, but I'll only show one here). I used a rotary cutter on my cutting mat to cut out the shapes and then got so excited about putting the snaps on that I forgot to sew the two shapes together. Ugh. So you'll see that I have a somewhat incomplete Snapazoo in these pictures. Hey, the snaps hold it together. I'm not sure how I put all those snaps on, and made several animal shapes, without realizing my mistake. Especially considering that I was so annoyed that the two pieces of cloth would move while I was putting the snaps on. I must have stabbed myself with the awl five or six times. Although that may have more been my impatience to make one more than the problem of not sewing the pieces together. Of course if you have some snap pliers, but don't own a sewing machine then you could get away with making one of these without sewing the pieces together- it seems to be working for me!
Before I sewed them together
If you make one, use two or three pieces of fairly thick cloth that will not fray. If you can find these super cool jewelry mats like I used, they don't appear to fray and they're cut in rectangles, similar to how you might buy felt. Felt would also make a great Snapazoo. I think some people are using other types of cloth, such as fleece, but you'll need to either finished the edges with a zigzag stitch or serger, or you'll need to turn and topstitch. I'm not sure how you'd make that happen with this toy as it's got so many curves and corners, but if you want to go through all that effort, all the power to you!
- Cut out pieces of cloth using the pattern
- Sew pieces of cloth together. If non fraying, you can just do a straight stitch around the edges. If you have fraying materials then you should turn and topstitch, or you can zigzag/serge the edges. You may not NEED to T&T if you use fleece, for example, if you don't plan to wash it or give it much wear and tear. I have a six month old who eats everything though so I'd prefer to leave my options open in terms of washing it.
- Place snaps, using the pattern to place them appropriately (you can poke the awl through the holes in the pattern so you can stick your fabric pen through the holes to mark where the snaps should go). The snaps go through both layers of fabric.
- Cut the areas for the curves... I forgot this step at first. It's REALLY hard to make a Snapazoo animal without doing this, haha. Daddy B pointed out my design flaw to me after I spent a few minutes puzzling over why it wouldn't make any animals. Again, today was not a perfect day for me in terms of paying attention to detail.
- If you have a fraying fabric you should make sure to serge/zigzag these edges.
Here's some more animals that we (Daddy B) made:
|Mystery Animal, Lol|
|Only one I figured out...|