I love folding paper and making 3-D graphics. Designer paper toys seemed like a perfect combination of building in 3-D and applying imagery to the surface.
Basically a designer paper toy is like a glorified package design, in that you have to make sure the foundational structure works first, then you get to add the illustrative elements onto the structure. Always making sure that the illustrations and graphics can be read from any angle and point-of-view.
When designing the structure I used the trial and error method. It was so much fun watching this toy take shape.
If you want to build your own copy of this exact paper toy dog, download the template here: Download Small Dog Paper Toy