Happy Stacker Makes Kids Happy

I feel like I’ve been working on this project forever, but I’m thrilled to say, “The Happy Stacker is finished!” What’s there to say about this project that I haven’t already mentioned? First off, I had several comments and emails asking about the pole that the rings sit on. Surprisingly, it’s made out of nothing but fabric, Peltex interfacing (that super stiff stuff that replaced Timtex), and stuffing. All of this really helps the cone keep it’s shape – it’s firm, yet soft so that if someone falls or steps on it, they won’t impale themselves! It does require some hand stitching to create the pole, too. Unfortunately, it’s unavoidable…. Here’s what the toy looks like when it’s disassembled:

I should also mention the finished size it’s HUGE! Much larger than any commercial ring stacker toy. I looked on the pattern envelope to see how large it was, but never saw it mentioned so I measured myself – 12″ tall and 8 1/2″ at the largest part of the toy. Here’s a photo of Easton with the Happy Stacker so you have a size comparison:

Keep in mind that Easton just turned 5 months (today), so giving this to an older child will definitely make a difference – the rings will also be easier for them to manipulate as well. I should mention that there are several options to add embellishments (such as hanging tags and ribbon trims) that would help a child hold onto the rings, but I decided to omit these since Easton tries to pull apart toys (that aren’t supposed to come apart) and rips visible tags off of anything he sees. Lastly, I should mention that the Happy Stacker is definitely a labor of love. There’s lots of pieces to cut, interfacings to fuse, markings to transfer, seams to trim, stuffing, and hand-stitching involved so make sure that you go into this project knowing that it will be time consuming so make sure you create this for someone you care about or who will appreciate the hard work you put into it. This is definitely one toy that could become an heirloom.

15 thoughts on “Happy Stacker Makes Kids Happy

  1. Alice S

    This looks so great! Thank you for all of your suggestions and commentary on constructing the Happy Stacker. I always like seeing other people’s projects. I think Easton is a lucky boy to get such a nice toy from his MOmmy. I ordered “Little Stitches” a few days ago and can’t wait to receive it.

  2. Alice S

    oops. I just realized this is the Heather Bailey pattern. Still… its something on my want-to-make list.

  3. Kasey

    It looks like Easton loves it!
    It’s such a cool project. I would consider making it for my one and a half year old nephew if I thought he wouldn’t outgrow it by the time I get it done!

  4. Christy Pair

    WOW! Toy and baby = cute!!! I have the pattern, but I may save it till I finish the Halloween costume and the Christmas goodies. Thanks for the updates- I will refer back whenever I get to it!

  5. melissa

    This looks so fabulous! I can’t believe it’s ALL fabric – that must’ve taken a ton of fiberfill!
    I think you’ve definitely hit it though – this is an heirloom that will get passed down for generations. It IS machine washable, right? 😉

  6. Gwen

    Too bad Easton doesn’t like it… 😉
    It’s adorable – although its cuteness pales in comparison to Easton’s! 🙂

  7. Kelly Dee

    How did you get your rings so round?
    I made the first ring and it was a lumpy mess! I ended up scrapping it completely because it looked so awful.

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