How to Make Clothes for Stuffed Animals

  • By: Mohammed Zeliche
  • Date: December 8, 2021
  • Time to read: 7 min.

A very popular toy in recent years has been the stuffed animal. Whether you call them plush toys, cuddly toys, or just plain old stuffed animals, they are a great way for kids and adults alike to show their love for something adorable. 

But there is one problem with these lovely creatures: they don’t have any clothes! This article will show you how to make clothes for your favorite softies so that they can be dressed appropriately when it comes time to go outside in the cold weather.

How to Make Clothes for Stuffed Animals:

Materials Needed:

1/8 yard of T-shirt fabric (any color)

sewing machine, iron, and other common sewing items you should already have in your home

Cut out a pattern for the clothes that you want to make. The easiest way to do this is by taking the stuffed animal and making paper templates first before transferring those onto fabric. If you’re experienced enough with cutting fabric, then it’s possible to just take measurements directly on the fabric and cut them up, but it requires more exactness than most people will be able to achieve easily. 

Whatever method you choose, remember that there is no such thing as an original copy of a stuffed animal if you’ve designed something for one plush toy, keep in mind that things will have to be adjusted for other stuffed animals, so don’t just copy the design verbatim. 

If you’re making something that is going to go over a stuffed animal’s head or around its neck, add at least one extra inch in length to allow for movement and growth. 

The easiest way to do this is by taking the stuffed animal and making paper templates first before transferring those onto fabric. If you’re experienced enough with cutting fabric, then it’s possible to just take measurements directly on the fabric and cut them up, but it requires more exactness than most people will be able to achieve easily.

Do all of your sewings by hand since it requires much more precision than a machine would allow. This means no sewing elastic into seams before turning them inside out! Doing so will only result in very ugly seams that are not suitable for stuffed animals.

Attach all of your pieces together with a needle and thread. Make sure to stitch each piece by hand since it requires much more precision than a machine would allow. This means no sewing elastic into seams before turning them inside out! Doing so will only result in very ugly seams that are not suitable for stuffed animals. If you have any loose threads sticking out, pull them until they’re gone or clip them off completely (if they can’t be pulled).

Iron the clothes (outside down) to get rid of the creases from the sewing process and make it look presentable when you put them on your plush toy afterward.

Attach the clothes to your stuffed animal. Make sure they don’t bag too much since it doesn’t look good from the outside and can make them unwearable. You may want to attach a piece of velcro or another form of fastener on the inside of the clothes so that you won’t have to sew them directly on, especially if you’re going to be changing their outfits often.

And there you go! Put those little guys in their new clothes for a fun photoshoot – just remember that taking pictures of a moving object is always more difficult than one that’s still! If possible, set up some extra lighting as well as a studio-style backdrop so you have something interesting looking behind them besides just plain old carpet flooring…

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Why You Need to Make Clothes for Stuffed Animals

Purple and white cat plush toy

Clothes for stuffed animals do not serve a concrete purpose, they’re just for fun! It’s the same as any other hobby – making clothes for them is something that you can do as long as time and money allow it. 

There are some stuffed animals that were selected by companies to be made into plush toys and sold to make a profit; however, most of the ones on the market today were designed and manufactured by people who loved those particular characters first and foremost, like how you or I might make clothes for our very own plushie friends (or even cats and dogs!)

If you find yourself struggling with knowing what size to cut your pieces up into for your clothing, try using what’s already there as a guide or scale it down to what you think might work. If it doesn’t look very good, no harm done! You can always make another costume for your stuffed animal later.

Making clothes for stuffed animals is the same as making clothes for real people – scale things down to their measurements or use existing patterns that are close enough. There are even some pattern companies out there that have already made clothes designed specifically with plushies in mind! Check them out if you’re having trouble figuring out how to start this hobby on your own.

Why Stuffed Animals are Popular?

Stuffed animals are popular because they’re cute and cuddly. They don’t talk back, leave the toilet seat up, or hog the remote control for the TV – though you might want to tell them not to eat your candy if that’s your thing; who knows what will happen if you neglect to mention that!

The truth is, plush toys are probably one of the most easily loved objects out there since nobody expects much from them other than their cuteness. Plushies can provide comfort for those feeling lonely or without purpose, as well as make people happy when they see one. Nobody needs a reason to love anything, it just happens – even if it’s something like an inanimate object made out of fabric.

Why do People Make Clothes for Stuffed Animals?

Making clothes for stuffed toys is the same as making clothes for real people – scale things down to their measurements or use existing patterns that are close enough. There are even some pattern companies out there that have already made clothes designed specifically with plushies in mind! Check them out if you’re having trouble figuring out how to start this hobby on your own.

Some people make clothes for stuffed animals because they want to dress up their very own plushie friend, while others might be making them for fun – maybe they want to sell the outfits later on, who knows? Either way, it’s a project that requires time and patience even if you don’t consider yourself someone with much skill when it comes to sewing and such.

Tips on Choosing the Right Pattern

When you’re just starting out making clothes for stuffed animals, it can be easy to get overwhelmed with all of your options. After all, there are pattern companies that have already designed patterns specifically for plushies! That sounds great on paper until you realize that they don’t advertise their prices upfront – some charge upwards of $20 per pattern…

If you find yourself struggling with knowing what size to cut your pieces up into for your clothing, try using what’s already there as a guide or scale it down to what you think might work. If it doesn’t look very good, no harm done! You can always make another costume for your stuffed animal later.

Length is one of the most important things to consider when it comes to choosing a pattern. All of your measurements need to be reduced by how much you feel would feel comfortable – or at least by some degree. You can’t expect your finished product to look like the catalog image if you don’t respect their scale!

Types of Stuffed Animals for Clothes 

Brown teddy bear on a chair

There are three common types of stuffed animals that people make clothes for anthro, realistic, and plushie-style. Each has its own unique pros and cons; you’ll have to decide which one’s right for you based on what kind of project you want to make at the end of the day. An anthro animal is one with human characteristics (ie., bipedal walk, language, etc.).

They are usually made to resemble real animals that people are familiar with. Zentai suits are very popular for anthro plushies, but people usually just go with whatever they feel comfortable in. Realistic stuffed animals have all of the same characteristics as normal humans – hands instead of paws, two legs instead of four, etc. 

These are ideal if you want to make outfits for yourself or others so that they can cosplay, which is exactly what some artists do! Plushie-style stuffed animals feature large heads and long limbs like your favorite anime characters. 

Usually, these will be more recognizable as certain characters than realistic or anthro plushies simply because the scale is different; however, some artists might design them to look as human as possible as well. Since they’re made to resemble cartoon characters, you might have a lot more fun with them if you aren’t familiar with any of the anthro plushies out there!

Conclusion 

If you’ve read this far, it’s likely that you’re interested in sewing and crafting. Now we want to introduce a new project: making clothes for stuffed animals! It might sound like an odd idea at first, but there are many benefits of creating clothing for your favorite animal toys. Find out what they are below; then head over here if you’d like to get started on these DIY projects today!

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