How to make stuffed animal sheep

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How to make stuffed animal sheep
Capture all the cuddly cuteness of a real sheep using a pattern for your stuffed animal. (sheeps queue on sheep-run image by Piotr Rydzkowski from Fotolia.com)

Cosy, cuddly and cute, stuffed animal sheep make appropriate gifts for newborns, young children, sick patients or stuffed animal collectors. While some sewers and hobbyists prefer to use real sheep's wool for the main body of the toy animal, any fabric can be used, such as cotton or even silk. Stuffed sheep can be incorporated into a manger scene, added to a stuffed-animal menagerie or created as a single cuddly child's toy.

Skill level:
Easy

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Things you need

  • Template
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Felted wool
  • Cotton or polyester fill
  • Two buttons

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Download a template and print. Enlarge the image as desired using a photocopier. Cut out the templates. Lay the template on top of felted wool or the chosen fabric and cut, beginning with the underbelly piece. Stiffen the legs of the sheep form by folding back the legs at each solid line on the template and stitching along the dotted lines.

    How to make stuffed animal sheep
    Cut out a template to help keep proportions correct when making your stuffed sheep. (scissors image by Pefkos from Fotolia.com)
  2. 2

    Cut the side piece out of the template, followed by a second side piece formed by flipping over the template. Place right sides of the pieces together and stitch one of the sides to the underbelly, leaving an 1/8-inch seam, sewing in the direction of neck to tail. Sew the other side piece to the other belly edge, so that the underbelly fits between the two side pieces. Cut out two tail pieces, using the tail template, and stitch together with right sides facing. Leave a hole at the base of the tail. Turn the stitched tail inside-out and stuff with cotton or polyester fill.

    How to make stuffed animal sheep
    Select thread to blend in with the material of the sheep body or stitch with bright, bold colours for a dramatic effect. (needle image by Henryk Olszewski from Fotolia.com)
  3. 3

    Attach the tail between the two side pieces using a stick pin to hold the part in place. Sew the two side pieces together along the top portion, or spine, of the lamb. Allow a gap at the back and top of the head. Cut out the top head piece and four ear pieces, using the template. Sew two sets of ear pieces, right side facing, and leave a hole at the base of each. Turn inside out.

  4. 4

    Pin one ear onto the head piece, facing forward between the layers of the head, and sew around the top of the head, securing the ear. Repeat with the other ear. Turn the sheep "skin" inside out. Stuff with small pieces of cotton or polyester fill. Sew the back closed with a slip-stitch.

  5. 5

    Add character to the stuffed animal sheep by giving the toy a face. Sew on small buttons for eyes or stitch X's for a sleepy lamb face. Avoid buttons if the sheep is intended as a gift for younger children, as small objects can pose a choking hazard. Stitch nostrils onto the centre of the face using a darker-coloured thread. Embellish the mouth with a triangle of pink felt for a tongue, if desired.

    How to make stuffed animal sheep
    Small buttons double as cute eyes for a stuffed sheep. (buttons image by Eldin Muratovic from Fotolia.com)

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