Kids love secret hiding places. When we were looking for a new house, our older daughters would always fall in love with the homes we toured that had rooms under the stairs or back halls with mysterious doors. I think all kids (and maybe adults, too) wish for a secret room to inhabit where they can hide all their special treasures and get away from the world.
While a softie can't provide a secret room, it can give you a secret compartment. One of the most delightful sort of interactive softie is the kind that has a big pocket mouth for gobbling special treasures. I love interactive toys like this!
My shark softie has a big open mouth. I'll show you how that part is made so that you can design a pocket mouth for your next softie.
First, sew up your toy.
Now cut out pieces for a pocket. The upper jaw on my shark sticks out further than the lower jaw so the lips side of my pocket is uneven. Stitch the back of the mouth together.
To prevent the pocket from pulling out of the mouth during play, tack it down by taking a small stitch on each side of the end of the mouth, within the seam allowance of the mouth and the seam allowance of the softie's body. Now the mouth won't move!
Turn your softie right side out. Push the mouth inside and stuff your softie.
Josephine thinks this is really cool. I do, too.
If you'd like to try it out, you can download the pattern for my shark here. Happy sewing!