How To Make A Stuffed Animal With Free Pattern

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Do you have a child that adores stuffed animals? Today, I’m going to show you How To Make A Stuffed Animal! Mine love them! They literally collect them. My kids have so many stuffed animals, there is a mountain of them on their beds. I have been wanting to make one for a while and it’s not like my kids would complain. This is a very simple design and is quick and easy to make. If you have been wanting to expand your sewing skills beyond straight-line sewing, this is a great next step. The included free sewing pattern makes it easy to cut out the fabric shapes that you need. It includes shapes for a cat, a pig, and a rabbit. Make all three and give the extras as a gift. These little stuffed animals would also make a cute baby shower gift. You can get creative with your fabric choices or just still with solid colors for a more traditional look. Either way, your child is sure to love this little stuffed animal and you can have the satisfaction of the look on their face while having made it yourself.

I used some cute cotton fabric I found and I think it turned out great! The supplies you’ll need for this project are your fabric of course, some poly fill stuffing, some embroidery thread, and needle to sew on the face. You’ll need some regular matching thread for your sewing machine, some scissors, clips or pins, and your sewing machine. I always recommend a rotary cutter, mat, and ruler as it makes cutting out your fabric quick and easy. Let’s get started!

How To Make A Stuffed Animal

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How To Make A Stuffed Animal With Free Pattern

Step 1. Prepare Pattern

The first step in this how to make a stuffed animal with free pattern is to wash, dry and iron your fabric. Once you have done that, use the stuffed animal template to cut out your pieces with your scissors. The template comes with ears for a cat, rabbit, and pig nose, and snout. That way, you have a few choices of animals to make.

Start by placing the heads on the body, right sides together, matching up the straight edges. Sew a 1/4″ seam allowance. Then press the seams open.

Next on this how to make a stuffed animal with free pattern, prepare the ears. Place them right sides together and sew an 1/8″ seam allowance across the side edges.

Then trim the corner and turn them right side out and press with an iron.

Clip some darts in the seam allowance, without cutting your stitches, so when you turn it right side out, it will lay nice and flat.

Take one of the body pieces and embroider the face on. I drew the face with a pencil so I had a guide while embroidering.

Sew on the lines with black thread to make the face.

Next on this how to make a stuffed animal with free pattern tutorial, we need to stack our pieces together and sew the stuffed animal closed. Place the piece with the face, face up. Place the ears pointing down at the top of the head.

The corners will poke out a little bit in order to catch all the raw edges. Then place the back of the stuffed animal face down. Pin or clip everything together. Sew a 1/4″ seam allowance leaving an opening for turning, I left my opening on the side of the animal where I had a straight edge, instead of on a curved edge.

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After sewing the stuffed animal clip darts all the way around. We do this on curved edges in order for the curves to turn without puckering. And since this whole thing is curved, clip all the way around.

Now turn right side out and press seams flat with an iron.

Then stuff with polyfill fiber.

Lastly, we need to hand stitch the cat stuffed animal closed. Follow this tutorial if you need a refresher.

Here it is all finished. Now you know how to make a stuffed animal with free pattern!

Easy Sew Stuffed Animal With Free Pattern

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How To Make A Stuffed Animal With Free Pattern

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Sew this adorable stuffed animal for your little one! The included free pattern makes it simple!

Active Time 10 minutes
Total Time 10 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $3.00

Instructions

  1. Use included free pattern to cut out your fabric.
  2. Start by placing the heads on the body, right sides together, matching up the straight edges. Sew a 1/4″ seam allowance. Then press the seams open.
  3. Place them right sides together and sew an 1/8″ seam allowance across the side edges.
  4. Then trim the corner and turn them right side out and press with an iron.
  5. Clip some darts in the seam allowance, without cutting your stitches, so when you turn it right side out, it will lay nice and flat.
  6. Take one of the body pieces and embroider the face on. I drew the face with a pencil so I had a guide while embroidering.
  7. Sew on the lines with black thread to make the face
  8. Place the piece with the face, face up. Place the ears pointing down at the top of the head.
  9. The corners will poke out a little bit in order to catch all the raw edges. Then place the back of the stuffed animal face down. Pin or clip everything together.
  10. Sew a 1/4″ seam allowance leaving an opening for turning, I left my opening on the side of the animal where I had a straight edge, instead of on a curved edge.
  11. After sewing the stuffed animal clip darts all the way around. Now turn right side out and press seams flat with an iron.
  12. Then stuff with polyfill fiber.
  13. Lastly, we need to hand stitch the cat stuffed animal closed. 
  14. Enjoy

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