One of the most popular hobbies in recent years has been sewing. Many people have taken up the hobby and it is not only a great way to unwind but also an easy way to make some extra money on the side.
Sewing plushies is one of those crafts that many enjoy because they can create their own designs and sell them for profit or just keep them as decorations at home. Today we are going to review 5 different ways you can sew without threading a needle!
What are Plushies Actually?
When most people hear the word plushies, they think of toys. In fact, a plushie is usually defined as a stuffed toy. That definition can be applied to all five examples below but when actual plush toys are made, they have a lot more work put into them than these simple alternatives.
Usually when you see little kids play with their favorite characters like Mickey Mouse or Spiderman and they talk and walk and do other things that make it look like an interactive toy; that is what we call a plushie, which is something I’ve been using for years now because to me it sounds much better than plushie!
What We Can Learn from Plush Toys:
The thing about plush toys (the real ones) is that there’s so much detail put into them and this is what we can learn from. It doesn’t matter if you’re a beginner because all levels of sewers can benefit from taking their plushies to the next level once they’ve mastered these 5 simple ways to make plushies without sewing!
Anatomy of a Plushie:
Before we get into the details, it’s important that you know exactly what goes into making a plush toy:
The Body – This is usually made out of fake fur and sewn onto a fabric backing or wireframe.
The Arms – These are made using two pieces of fabric sewn together and stuffed with polyester fillings.
The Legs – Usually attached in the same way as the arms but sometimes there are legs that are sewn into the bottom of the toy.
The Ears – These are usually sewn onto the head and stuffed with polyester fillings. The Tail – This is attached at the back and stuffed with polyester fillings.
The Snout – Usually made out of fake leather or felt, this is usually attached to the front/face of the toy if it’s an animal.
Make Plushies Using Felt:
Felt is one of those fabrics that doesn’t fray so you don’t have to worry about stitching multiple pieces together because there’s no need for that! All you have to do below is cut out shapes from your chosen pattern (you find free ones online), trace them onto your felt, and cut them out using either a scissor or blade. Then just sew the shapes together, attach all the pieces together and you have an adorable plushie!
Make Plushies Using Fleece:
Fleece is another fabric that doesn’t fray so it’s perfect for making plushies with. You can buy a fleece at any fabric store but if you want different colors, it might be a good idea to visit a crafting store because they usually have a large variety of fleece!
All you have to do below is cut out patterns from your chosen pattern (you find free ones online), trace them onto your fleece, and cut them out using either a scissor or blade. Then just sew the shapes together, attach all the pieces together and you have an adorable plushie!
Make Plushies Using Paper or Cardboard:
We’ve come a long way since using paper to make toys! Ever since people started making toys out of felt and fabric, there hasn’t been much use for paper because it tears easily and isn’t as durable as other materials.
However, you can still make some pretty cool plushies by following this tutorial (you don’t even need YouTube!) but one important thing to note is that your toy will not be machine washable so keep that in mind before you start sewing anything together.
Make Plushies With Your Hands:
Now if you have zero time and zero patience, this way of making plushies might be a better idea for you because it literally takes no time or effort to do! All you have to remember is to keep your hands clean before starting and stuff them with polyester fillings. The great thing about these plushies is that there are virtually no limits on what shapes or sizes they can be so get creative and see what all you can come up with!
Make Plushies With Things From Around the House:
If you’re not a creative person but still want something cool, cheap, and easy, this option is perfect because nothing costs anything nor does it take a lot of work! You might need a few things from around the house but apart from that, you can make these plushies in seconds!
All you have to do is stack up some leftover fabric together and sew them one by one. If you don’t feel like sewing or if it’s too hard for you, there are plenty of tutorials online on how to make cute characters with things found around the house!
Also, follow the below tips to make plushies without sewing:
- Buy a fabric kit from your local craft store, or use fleece and felt
- Use plastic wrap to create an armature out of the shape you want your plushie to be
- Cut out shapes from the fabric and glue them on top of the plastic wrap
- Add eyes with buttons, googly eyes, or embroidery thread
- Stuff it with polyfill or cotton balls until it’s firm enough to hold its shape
- Sew a simple stitch around the edges for added durability if desired
Now that you know all the simple ways to make plushies without sewing, it’s your turn. What are some of your favorite materials? Do you have any tips for making them quickly or more cheaply? Tell us in the comments below! We would love to hear from you and get ideas about what we should write about next time.