My nephew turned one this month. In addition to a matchingshirt bib set, I decided that I wanted to make him a special toy. Originally, I had set out to make Heather Bailey’s Happy Stacker. I had made this particular pattern almost 6 years ago and was thrilled with my end results. However after pulling fabrics for the Happy Stacker and then re-reading the instructions, I remembered how long it took me to make this toy and I realized I just didn’t have the time to finish it it before the party. Still wanting a stacking toy, I set out to look for an alternative pattern and came up with this Ring Stacker Soft Toy from YouCanMakeThis. That’s right it’s a stacking toy showdown! (For reference the photo on the left is the Happy Stacker, the photo on the right is the Ring Stacker Soft Toy):
This particular pattern was much easier to sew. In fact, I was able to have a completed toy from start to finish in just a long afternoon. However, it’s no Happy Stacker. The most noticeable difference is the finished size of the toy – the Happy Stacker was almost as big as Easton at 5 months, while the Stacker Toy is substantially smaller. This also means that the ring size is also smaller, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing since I think that they are probably a little easier for smaller hands to hold. The Happy Stacker also has options for embellishments (such as ‘taggie’ type ribbons that hang off the rings), where the Stacker Toy does not (although, I think that you could easily add them to the pattern if you wanted to). The biggest difference (in my opinion)? The ‘quality’ of your finished product. I think that the Happy Stacker looks very professional – something that you could easily find in a baby boutique. The Ring Stacking toy, while looks fine, just doesn’t look as ‘polished’ – it’s not to say that I wouldn’t sew it up again, it’s just doesn’t have the same ‘wow’ factor as the Happy Stacker.