How to Sew Stuffed Animals

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

Sewing stuffed animals is a great way to spend your time. They are fun, easy, and simple projects that will provide hours of enjoyment for you! The first step in sewing a stuffed animal is deciding what kind of creature you want to make. 

You can sew any type of animal from the sea or land – it’s up to you! Once you have figured out which type of animal you would like to create, measure the length, width, and height.

How to Sew Stuffed Animals:

Start your pattern by drawing a circle of the size you want. For instance, if you are making an owl, draw a circle for its head and another one for its eyes. Draw a line from the eye to the ear and another line from there to under the chin. 

Add points at each end of each line – these will be your reference points so don’t forget to leave space on either side for them! Use a ruler or a piece of string as a mock-up guide to make sure that all of your shapes are proportional.

Draw out templates onto paper that is heavier than regular printer paper but not thick cardstock – this is what I use:

(click any picture) Once you have done that, place an X along with the top point. Measure out 1/2 to 2/3 of an inch below this X, and make a mark in pencil. Then, draw in the shape you want for your nose. Draw in two triangles for ears, making sure that it is far enough back on the head to fit where you want it!

I always prefer using side-cut fabric scraps instead of felting. I can’t sew it without making holes, so I trace my pattern piece onto cheap wrapping paper because its fabric-like surface adheres to craft foam well. 

Other things to consider when creating your sewing pattern are antennae or other features that stick out from the head. For instance, if you are making a pug, draw a circle for the head and a smaller one where you would like the nose on it. Draw a line from that smaller circle to the ear and another line from there to the back of the head. Cut along those lines so that you have several pieces of fabric starting from each point.

Layout your fabric pieces as shown above, with arrows pointing toward each piece’s center. Sew together several triangles at a time by placing them right sides together and sewing up both sides. Be sure to leave an opening in order to turn them inside-out! Continue until all of your fabric pieces are sewn into long tubes. Place these end-to-end on top of each other with their seams facing opposite directions (like in the photo above), and sew them together with a length of thread.

After they are all sewn together, turn your tube inside-out and iron it flat. This is when you sew the opening shut if you haven’t already! If desired, add markings such as eyes by stitching them on with black embroidery floss or hand sewing with the black yarn – this makes for a very realistic toy.

Why Stuffed Animals are Popular?

Stuffed animals are popular in many cultures. Toddlers love them because they are soft, cuddly, and easily transportable. They quickly become a child’s best friend – particularly if that best friend is handmade by their parents! Parents like stuffed animals because children like them; it’s almost the perfect gift!

How to sew stuffed animals?

Sewing stuffed animals are no difficult task; you do not need to be an expert sewer to make these toys. If you can use a sewing machine or hand-sew, then you can make your own stuffed animal toy at home with little effort. Make your kids happy with their favorite stuffy of choice simple and easy steps for how to sew stuffed animals are discussed here.

Lion Stuffed Animal Pattern

A cute stuffed animal is a perfect playmate for your kids. And, they don’t even know it’s made by hand! Lion stuffed toy patterns can be adjusted according to the needs of your little one; make this simple to sew toy with or without mane and tail, or create different features like eyes and nose on its face. Add up some special stuffing material like cotton balls to make this soft cuddly animal more adorable.

Elephant Stuffed Animal Pattern

An elephant is anything but ordinary; its huge size makes it a naturally interesting toy for children. You can even customize an elephant toy according to your child’s preferences – his favorite color? His favorite food? His favorite cartoon character? Elephant stuffed toy patterns can be made as wild as a jungle or as gentle as a circus performer. Turn his imagination into reality by creating this easy to sew elephant stuffy with an adorable trunk and lots of hearts for the eyes!

Monkey Stuffed Animal Pattern

Monkeys are treasured animals all over the world – from their role in stories like The Jungle Book to their help at National Geographic, these cute primate toys have become a child’s favorite. Monkey stuffed animal patterns can be sewn out of any fabric you prefer; imagine your little one hugging this soft stuffy while watching TV or reading a storybook! This is an adorable gift idea which reflects your creativity and love for your little one.

Kitten Stuffed Animal Pattern

Every kid loves kittens – their soft fur, bright eyes, and sweet little meow! Kitten stuffed animal pattern captures all of these features while being easy to sew. You can adjust this toy’s eyes according to your preferences or even add a pink nose for an adorable look. Surprise your child with his favorite plushy by simply following these steps for how to sew stuffed animals.

Bear Stuffed Animal Pattern

If you are looking for an easy sewing project, then why not try making a Bear stuffed toy pattern? This is a quick project which will be completed in just a few hours. Make the basic version of this bear stuffy with two ears and two buttons on its feet; let your child color this toy according to his or her preferences. There are no limitations for your little one’s imagination with stuff made by you!

Elephant Stuffed Animal Sewing Pattern

Sketch an Elephant pattern and cut out two of each piece from the fabric, making sure that the pieces have right/left sides. Following the diagram carefully, pin together two body pieces with right sides facing each other and sew along either side of the curved edge using a 1/4′ seam allowance. Turn both these pieces inside out and press flat with a steam iron. Cut a small wedge off the tip of each ear (about 1/8-1/4″) so that they will curve correctly once sewn onto the body.

Pin the ears to the sides of the toy’s head, right sides facing each other and in line with one another. Ensure that their flat edges are in a vertical position. Sew along both sides of the curved edge using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Turn both these pieces inside out and press flat with a steam iron. 

This is an optional step but I would recommend for you embroider two eyes on the head using either white or black thread before sewing it onto the body. Pin all four feet together with right sides facing each other and sew along both curved edges using a 1/4″ seam allowance. 

Insert stuffing material into this foot before turning it inside out and closing up its opening by hand-stitching it shut. Arrange all these stuffed feet on the bottom of the toy, ensuring that they are evenly spaced from one another. Pin them in place and then sew around their edges using a 1/4″ seam allowance or simply catch-stitch them onto the base fabric if you do not own a sewing machine.

Bear Stuffed Animal Sewing Pattern

Sew each foot together by pinning two pieces with right sides facing each other and sewing along either side of the curved edge using a 1/4″ seam allowance. Turn both these pieces inside out and press flat with a steam iron before inserting stuffing material into it. 

Place all four feet onto the bottom section of your toy, ensuring that they are evenly spaced from one another before pinning them in place. Sew around their edges using a 1/4″ seam allowance or simply catch-stitch them onto the base fabric if you do not own a sewing machine.

Carefully pin together two of the earpieces with right sides facing (ensure that they are arranged correctly) and sew along both curved edges using a 1/4″ seam allowance. 

Turn both these pieces inside out and press flat with a steam iron before placing them onto either side of your toy’s head, ensuring that they are centered both in height & width. 

Pin them in place before sewing around their outer edges using a 1/4″ seam allowance, catching both layers of the earpiece as you go past it with your sewing needle. Each ear should have a total of four stitches attaching to the head.

Cut two pieces from your fabric which would be 4″ x 5″. Fold each piece into half on the diagonal line as marked, with right sides facing one another. Sew along both long curved edges using a 1/1/4″ seam allowance and turn them inside out to create a loop. 

Pin two loops together so that they are situated opposite one another and sew around their edges using a 3/8″ seam allowance or simply catch-stitch them onto the body section of your toy before stuffing it with some soft fiberfill material.

You can use satin ribbon instead of creating loops for this project if you wish to but I would recommend that you at least try making them once. Bear in mind that the loops will add a nice finish to your bear’s neck area. 

Pin the head to the body piece with right sides facing each other and sew it on using a 1/4″ seam allowance, placing the loop between both sections of the toy’s head at the same time. Turn both layers inside out and press flat with a steam iron before stitching them together by hand.

If you do not own a sewing machine, this is where you would knot off & close up both ends of your yarn using either a needle or a crochet hook. Make sure that you leave enough length from one end for you to be able to attach it securely, later on, ensuring that they are even in length. 

Sew around three edges of each ear using a 1/4″ seam allowance, leaving its fourth edge unsewn. Turn each ear inside out and press flat with a steam iron before placing it onto the side of your toy’s head, ensuring that they are centered both in height & width. 

Pin them in place before sewing around their outer edges using a 1/4″ seam allowance, catching both layers of the earpiece as you go past it with your sewing needle. Each ear should have a total of three stitches attaching to the head.

Conclusion

If you want to sew your own stuffed animals, we’ve got some great resources for you. The first thing is deciding the type of animal that you want to make and then choose a pattern. There are many different types of patterns available online–some more difficult than others. Once you have chosen an appropriate pattern, it’s time to get started with materials!

You’ll need fabric pieces (choose wisely!), stuffing material (get creative!), embroidery thread or yarn, needle nose pliers/needles, scissors, pins, and scissors. Follow these sewing instructions carefully so that your new best friend can be born soon!

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