Welcome to the wonderful world of Cuddly Toys
Also known as Plush Toys, stuffed animals and soft toys, Cuddly Toys can bring hours of love and affection to both children and adults. They make perfect gifts for birthdays and Christmas, and people love to collect them in many different forms and sizes. Here we explain the history of the stuffed toy, look at how they became so popular and how they are made. Then we show you some of our most popular designs of toy and give you some interesting animal facts!
The first teddy bear was designed in the early 20th century by toymakers Richard Steiff and Morris Michtom, and unlike previous traditional Rag Dolls, they were made from a plush like fabric replicating fur. Michtom was the first to use the name ‘Teddy’ after seeing a drawing of the US President Theodore Roosevelt on a bear hunting trip. Using this image he created a stuffed bear cub and displayed it in his shop window with a sign saying ‘Teddy’s Bear’ and the teddy bear as we now know it soon became one of the most popular toys of Michtom’s company. Unaware of this creation, Richard Steiff was busy designing a stuffed bear of his own in Germany. Prior to Steiffs newest creation, the company had already produced high quality toys in the form of elephants sold as pincushions! But in 1897 Richard Steiff gave the family company a boost with his new bear with jointed arms, legs and neck. The very first bear produced was first seen at a Toy Fair in 1903 but hasn’t been seen since. And since then the Teddy Bear has become a much loved character in homes all over the world.
How It’s Made
Usually starting from a rough sketch a teddy bear or stuffed toy is created by highly skilled designers and machinists. Patterns are made from these sketches with templates being drawn for the arms, legs, body and head of the animal, and are laid and pinned onto several layers of fabric ready to be cut. In modern days a huge cutting blade quickly cuts around the templates creating thousands of teddy pieces at a time ready to be sewn. All stuffed toys are sewn inside out, right sides together, to create neat seams that will not be seen and all the animals body parts are stitched together. Once this is done the cuddlies are then stuffed with a light fluffy material until they pass the ‘hug test’. They are then sewn up to seal all seams and the finishing touches such as eyes, mouth and decorative detail are added.
Best Selling Toys
Cuddly Toys are so popular amongst children. When buying these loveable characters, parents can choose their soft toys by Animal Species, Animal Habitat, Geographical Location and Toy Size. Popular ideas include the Kangaroo, Giraffe, Shark, Zebra and cute Pigs. We feel it is important for our visitors that when purchasing a soft toy we include interesting facts about the cuddly. So here we go:
I would like to start off by telling you all about the Kangaroo. The red kangaroo is the world's largest marsupial. They grow to about 1-1.6m tall with a tail up to a meter long, and weigh up to 90kg. Red kangaroos hop along on their powerful hind legs and do so at great speed, they can reach speeds of over 35 miles an hour. Their bounding gate allows them to cover 8 meters in a single leap and to jump 1.8 meters high. Female red kangaroos are smaller, lighter, and faster than males. They also boast a blue-hued coat; so many Australians call them "blue fliers."
Next is a personal favourite, the Giraffe. This long necked cuddly is a fantastic option, especially the Giraffe with the huge eyes that are just saying “Cuddle Me”. Giraffes are the world's tallest mammals; a giraffe's legs alone are taller than many humans, at about 6 feet long. Even the giraffe's tongue is long! The 53cm tongue helps them pluck delicious foliage from branches. Despite having a very long neck, the giraffe has the same number of vertebrae in its neck as all other mammals, they're just elongated. The average lifespan of a giraffe in the wild is around 25 years and it can weigh up to 2,800 lbs.
Shark Attack! When we all read about a Shark we suddenly think “Oh no, a shark” but our sharks are so cute and adorable. Did you know the Great Whites Shark is the largest predatory fish on Earth? They grow to an average of 15 feet in length, though specimens exceeding 20 feet and weighing up to 5,000 pounds have been recorded. They have slate-gray upper bodies to blend in with the rocky coastal sea floor, but get their name from their universally white underbellies. They are streamlined, torpedo-shaped swimmers with powerful tails that can propel them through the water at speeds of up to 15 miles per hour.
Its Stripy Zebra Time! Did you know the Zebra has a distinctive black and white striped coat, which may have originated as a form of camouflage making it difficult for predators to distinguish one animal from a herd? Zebras are social animals that spend time in herds. They graze together, primarily on grass, and even groom one another. They live in small family groups consisting of a male several females, and their young. Each zebra's stripes are as unique as fingerprints and no two are exactly alike.
Perfect pink pigs. Did you know that pigs do not prefer to sit in mud? In fact, they prefer cleanliness much more than other animals. A pig has a snout for a nose, small eyes, and a small tail, which may be curly, kinked, or straight. It has a thick body, short legs, and coarse hair. There are four toes on each foot, with the two large middle toes used for walking. Pigs are found almost everywhere in the world. Though they are native to Eurasia, there is hardly any country of the world where you cannot find pigs roaming around the rubbish bins.