How to Make a Retro Telephone Soft Toy

retro telephone toy tutorial

My toddler is a little bit obsessed with our retro red telephone at the moment. She wanders over to it, picks up the handset, says ‘hello’ then wanders off. So I thought I’d make a matching telephone toy for her room so she can catch up with all her chums and hopefully leave our real telephone in working order.

For this project you will need:

  • Red ric rac – 50 cm
  • Red material for phone receiver and red circle (40cm x 35cm)
  • White material (60cm x 30cm)
  • Scrap of red felt
  • White felt (30cm x 15cm)
  • Red and white thread
  • Rattle/bells
  • Toy stuffing
  • Small piece of velcro


1. Using the template above cut out your pattern pieces. Using the red fabric, cut out two phone handset shapes and one red circle. Using the white fabric, cut a front and a back piece for the phone’s main body. Finally, cut two dials out of white felt, slightly smaller than the red circle, and a stopper out of a scrap of red felt.

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2. Pin the handset pieces right sides together. Pin the ric rac into the bottom right-hand corner in between the two pieces of material. Sew with a 0.5-inch seam allowance leaving a two-inch gap to turn the fabric out. Snip the corners and turn the handset the right way out.

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3. Pin the red circle on the right side of one of the pieces of white phone fabric, about two-thirds of the way down, and centred horizontally. Sew with red thread as close to the edge as you can.

4. Pin the two pieces of phone body fabric right sides together. Pin the other end of the ric rac into the bottom right-hand corner of the fabric. Make sure the phone handset and the rest of the ric rac is tucked out of the way, inside the phone, so they don’t get caught when sewing. Start at the bottom of the phone and sew with a 0.5-inch seam allowance. Leave a 3-inch gap at the bottom, snip the corners and turn it all the right way out.

telephone cushion DIY

5. Stuff the phone handset and body of the telephone with toy stuffing so it is nice and cuddly.  Add bells to the body of the phone for a ‘ringing’ effect, pushing them into the centre. Sew up the gaps of the phone and handset using a slip stitch with white thread.

6. Using bondaweb, iron the two white dial pieces together. This is to make them stronger. Cut 11 number holes out of your white dial, each around the size of a 5p piece, using a small pair of sharp scissors. Using backstitch, hand sew the red stopper piece onto the white dial.

Telephone cushion DIY

7. In the centre of the white dialling part, cut a line about one cm long. Pin the dial piece onto the red circle on the front of the phone.

8. Pin the red button over the white dial piece and sew in place. Check the dial can turn with ease; if it can’t, make the hole a little bigger.

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9. Finally, add a little piece of velcro to both the handset and the body of the phone, so that your Little Button can hang up when she’s finished her call. Happy dialling!

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~ Laura xx ~


10 thoughts on “How to Make a Retro Telephone Soft Toy

  1. Oh bless her! What a fantastic idea for a toy. It is soft but really inviting to small children inviting lots of imaginative play. I love it! Thank you so much for linking to PoCoLo :) x

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