How to Make Stuffed Toys

Written by g.k. bayne
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Making stuffed toys for your baby or toddler is not difficult. You can either purchase material from a fabric store or use fabric you already have around the house. Stuffed toys can be any shape you desire, from square blocks to animals and dolls. Creating a pattern for the stuffed toy requires only a pencil and paper.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Fabric
  • Scissors
  • Straight pins
  • Sewing machine
  • Fiberfill stuffing
  • Chopstick (optional)
  • Embroidery thread
  • Embroidery needle

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  1. 1

    Create your pattern. Draw the shape you wish to make on paper. You can use newspaper, grocery sacks or even copy or notebook paper for smaller toys.

  2. 2

    Lay the pattern over a piece of fabric that has been folded in half with the outside of the material to the inside. Pin the pattern to the material.

  3. 3

    Cut the fabric following the pattern. Once the toy has been cut out, remove the pattern and re-pin the two pieces of fabric together.

  4. 4

    Sew three sides of the fabric together. Turn the stuffed toy inside out.

  5. 5

    Use fiberfill to stuff the toy. Use the eraser end of the pencil or a chopstick to stuff the fiberfill into arms, legs or other small areas.

  6. 6

    Sew the final seam of the toy by turning in the unfinished edges and sewing them together.

  7. 7

    Cut small circles or ovals from a contrasting material to use as eyes if you are making an animal or doll. Sew the eyes in the appropriate place.

  8. 8

    Sew a nose and mouth using a double strand of embroidery thread, if needed.

Tips and warnings

  • Good choices for fabrics include cotton, fleece or parachute nylon as these are cuddly materials.
  • Old blankets, towels and sheets can be used for the toy fabric. Old baby blankets, especially if they are a child's favourite, can give them a special stuffed toy.
  • By sewing on eyes, nose and mouth on animals and dolls, the stuffed toy is safe even for the youngest child. Buttons and other objects can come loose and become a choking hazard.
  • If your drawing skills leave a bit to be desired, try scanning simple shapes from a child's colouring book. Resize the resulting picture as needed to get the desired size pattern.
  • Fabric stores often have preprinted material for doll and animal shapes that can be cut out and stuffed.

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