Pirates & Pompoms: How to Make Children's Toys and Costumes

By Stella Bee and Jemma Bell

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  • Paperback
  • 250 color illustrations
  • 144 pages
  • 9¾ x 8⅜ ins
  • ISBN 9781780677439
  • Published February 2016

Pirates & Pompoms is packed with playtime ideas for creative parents and carers. Follow a few simple steps to create handmade costumes, toys and props and you’ll keep children entertained with make-believe worlds all day long. Only basic cutting, sticking, and sewing skills are required.

Focusing on these three popular themes (pirates, circus, and woodland animals), projects include: eye patches and a telescope, stuffed animal friends, leaf bunting, circus ringmaster’s hat, and a big-top canopy den. Each project includes a simple template and illustrated step-by-step instructions.

Perfect for crafty adults looking for holiday activities that will keep little ones happy and busy.

About the Author

Stella Bee has been designing children's toys for over a decade. Her design company has worked for clients such as Jellycat, Mothercare and Harrods.

Jemma Bell is a graphic and textile designer, with experience in children's illustration, branding and graphic campaigns. She also runs a children's homewares and textiles business called Soda & Stitch.

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Basic techniques


1. Pirate bandana
2. Pirate beard and moustache
3. Pirate eye patch
4. Mini pirate figure
5. Skull and crossbones sail
6. Wave pillow bedhead
7. Gold and silver treasure
8. Telescope
9. Hook


10. Ringmaster’s coat
11. Ringmaster’s hat
12. Hula-hoop ring of fire
13. Lion on a plinth
14. Seal pillow
15. Circus plinth
16. Neon sign
17. Big-top canopy den
18. Giant pom poms

Woodland animals

19. Fox ears
20. Fox tail
21. Animal mask
22. Knitted-jumper fox
23. Tree stump pillows
24. Twiggy teepee
25. Wall-mounted animal heads
26. Green leaf bunting
27. Bird decorations