How to Make Cute Plushies for Beginners!

  • By: Mohammed Zeliche
  • Date: November 10, 2021
  • Time to read: 6 min.

Do you want to learn how to make cute plushies? If so, this blog post is for you! We will show you step-by-step instructions on how to create a simple toy in under an hour. First, cut two pieces of fabric in the shape of an animal’s body using your sewing machine. Next, sew them together with right sides facing out and leave one side open for stuffing later. 

Fill the inside with polyester filling – not too much or it won’t hold its shape! Then close up all but one opening and then turn it inside out before finishing off the last seam. You can now decorate your new stuffed animal however you like by adding buttons for eyes, embroidering whiskers on his

What are Plushies?

Plushies are soft toys that we love to make and collect. They come in all shapes and sizes, colors, and styles. You can create a plushie animal or plushie human with just about any material you like as long as it’s soft! That is the great thing about plushies, you can use any type of material to make your perfect toy.

How to Make Cute Plushies for Beginners:

Make Sure You Have the Right Amount of Material

Be careful not to get more fleece or other fabrics than you need. It’s always better to be safe than sorry, especially when it comes to plushies! If you’re making a big plushie then make sure that your fabric is long enough for its whole body.

Cut Out the Perfect Shape

Your animal needs to be symmetrical in order for it to look accurate, so take time using your computer or drawing pad to plan out what your sweet new pet will look like once you’ve finished sewing! 

Even if this means tracing an existing plushie online, go ahead and do it since there are many tutorials available on how to sew them! Once you’ve decided on the shape and size, cut out your material.

Sew Your Plushie Together

After all that preparation work, it’s finally time to sew! Using a needle and thread, start by making a running stitch along the top of the head. Make sure that you keep your stitches close together so that they can support each other as well as the rest of the plushie afterward. 

The type of stitch you use doesn’t really matter, but if there are certain parts where you want to switch from running stitches to backstitches or vice versa then always remember to change back over at some point so that it’s symmetrical across its body! You can also try whip stitch if you’re looking for another option.

Once you’re done with the head, it’s time to move on to the body. You can sew a simple running stitch for this as well, or a combination of a few different stitches depending on how long its legs are! To make plushies that stand up well, don’t forget to attach each leg at least five to six inches from where the feet will be located.

Sewing The Details

Once your animal is sewn together and all four legs have been attached it’s time for some fun! This is where the creativity comes in since there are so many possibilities when deciding what decorations you want your plushie to have. 

If you’re using an old fabric then cut around any designs that were originally printed into it and then sew them on. Remember that you can always change your mind later if it’s not the look you were going for!

If you’re using a brand new fabric, take some time to plan out what kind of eyes, noses, arms, legs, etc. you want your plushie to have! If it has joints or is meant to move in any way then make sure they are sewn securely enough so that they won’t come undone or fall off while being played with. 

However, if sewing isn’t your strong suit there are still other options for making animal features! Just cut out detailed shapes from different colored fabrics and use hot glue to attach them instead. This process may take longer but sometimes is key when it comes to making your plushie look perfect!

Add a Face

There are many options for adding a face to your plushie. As long as you used fleece or another material that isn’t going to fray then simply use fabric paints, crayons, markers, etc. to draw on its features! 

If you’re worried about it bleeding when being sewn then take a little paint and mix it with an equal amount of glue before painting over the entire face. This will help seal it in place and avoid any mishaps while also making them easier to handle.

Make the Nose

Now comes the fun part of sewing on the nose! You can add felt or sew two circles from other fabrics if you don’t have any on hand, and attach them using running stitches across the middle. You can also add two little dots above its mouth if you want to make it look like it’s smiling!

Add Paw Prints

Most animals have paws so why not give your plushie a pair of its own? To do this cut out four identical shapes from different fabrics and then sew three straight lines along with each one before folding them in half. 

Before attaching them to the body take some time to draw in any details that will appear on the bottom of each paw such as toes or claws. Just go with whatever design you think looks best, but try making them different sizes if you’re planning on putting more than one animal together for a show or photoshoot. 

Finishing Touche

Once you’re done sewing on the details and attaching any new features it’s time for its final touch! Fill in any bare spots on its body with little swatches of fabric and secure them using either glue or running stitches (whichever works best). You can also tie a ribbon around its neck to add a little something extra before taking some photos for your portfolio!

If you want to make your plushie look more realistic instead of cartoonish like most children’s toys, there are a few important things to keep in mind while working on it! Make sure that none of the felt pieces overlap each other too at any one time so that it looks like actual fur and not a bunch of individual pieces glued together. 

Also, take your time sewing on the details so that they are as level with the rest of its body as you can get them. When attaching each arm or leg to the body remember to leave at least two inches free from its shoulder or hip so that it has room to move around. 

If you’re making a stuffed animal then give it plenty of stuffing before finishing off any areas where there might be gaps later on, because by this point you should already have a general idea for what kind of personality your new plushie has!


Cute plushies are a fun project that can be done by anyone. The materials for this craft only cost about $5, but the finished product is worth way more than you might pay to make it. Making these little guys doesn’t take long either- once you get started on one, they’ll fly out of your hands! 

Hopefully, by now I’ve convinced you to try making some cute plushies yourself; if not then feel free to check out our other blog posts or contact us any time with questions.

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