Knit Your Own Plushies: Everything You Need to Know

  • By: Mohammed Zeliche
  • Date: November 11, 2021
  • Time to read: 4 min.

Knitting your own plushies is a fun and easy way to make your favorite animals. If you know how to knit, it should only take about an hour or so for each one! You can use any type of yarn and stuffing material. We even have some great patterns if you want something specific. This blog post will cover everything from materials to patterns, so all you need to do is choose which project you want to start with!

What are Plushies, and Why would you want to Knit your own?

Plushies are stuffed toys that you can make yourself. With the right techniques, they’re easy to make and really fun! Using patterns is a great way to start out because it means you don’t have to think about how much yarn you need, or how many stitches to knit just follow the instructions!

What materials will you need to make plushies? 

Knitting  material in a white basket
  • Yarn (any type)
  • Plushie patterns (or make your own!)
  • Crochet hook (size according to the yarn you use and the plushie pattern)
  • Stuffing material (yarn, scrap cloth, old clothes, anything that will add volume when stuffed into the plushies)

Probably the most important thing to consider when choosing your project is what type of yarn you’ll use. Yarn comes in different thicknesses called ‘weights’ (also known as ‘ply’). The weight will determine which kind of needles you’ll need thicker needles for bulkier yarn, thinner needles for finer yarns. We recommend starting off with worsted weight, but double knit would also work well.

If you’re just getting started with your plushie, we suggest trying out the One-Eyed Beanie pattern. This is a small project – just right for someone new to knitting! It’s not too simple or complex if you get stuck, it’s easy to find help on the internet or just do something different. You can always try again later when you have more experience! 

You don’t have to think about finding patterns that come with all of our kits! If you want specific ones though, there are lots of websites that offer free patterns.

You can find lots of different stuffings for your plushies, anything from recycled materials to eco-friendly options. We recommend stuffing them with polyester fiberfill, but if you want something cheaper and easier, cotton balls or old clothes would work as well!

Are the patterns difficult to follow?

Although we do provide some really awesome patterns, knitting can be a little challenging at first. If you’re just getting started, it’s probably best if you only try the One-Eyed Beanie pattern for now. Once you’ve played around with that one and gotten comfortable with knitting techniques, then it’ll be time to move on to more complicated ones!

There are lots of helpful videos on Youtube that you can use to learn new techniques. If you get stuck, most yarn stores will offer knitting lessons for beginners, or if you don’t live near one of them, try searching online (there might be some in your area it’s worth asking around).

Can My Child Make Their Own Plushies?

Of course, they can! Kids love making stuff, so being able to do something themselves is really special. Plushies are a great way to encourage creative thinking and hand-eye coordination. It’s also a nice activity because everyone gets involved no matter how old or young you are! 

Keeping these guidelines in mind should help you find the perfect project for both yourself and your child. Now it’s time to go have fun!

There are many great things about plushies including making yourself or a loved one happy with a unique gift, and being able to do them as a group activity. However, the first step is choosing which project you would like to begin on based on what type of yarn you have available and if you have had any experience at all knitting before.

Once that is decided, be sure to find an appropriate pattern for said choice of yarn and follow it without getting too lost along the way. Last but not least include anything from stuffing material to buttons for decoration purposes, but make sure if done so by hand they will remain secure during playtime.

How Do You Choose/Make an Animal Pattern? 

Purple teddy bear stuffed toy near baby's breath flowers
  • Look through pictures of your favorite stuffed animals
  • Try to make sure the head, body, and legs are all roughly the same size
  • Once you create a pattern, keep it simple doing one or two rounds for each part

Tips for Making More Than One Type of Stuffed Animal  at Once

  • Find animals that are similar to each other (same shape, color scheme)
  • Purchase extra yarn for the second plushie at the same time as the first
  • Start knitting your animal of choice before you begin crocheting its friend. You won’t have to make it wait until after!
  • Try stretching out your stitches slightly while making it to help even them out more easily
  • Save any scraps of yarn you find! Even if they don’t seem like much right now, they can be used for future projects


Knitting your own stuffed animals is a rewarding experience. You get to put something special together for yourself or someone you love, and it can be done in just about any color or pattern that suits the personality of the recipient. With this guide as your starting point, you’ll know everything there is to know about knitting plushies from start to finish!

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