Homemade stuffed animals make a charming addition to anyone's collection of stuffed animals, and children in particular will enjoy owning a few. Felt is an easy fabric to work with as it is soft and pliable and does not fray, so you don't have to worry about finishing off seams. Basic stuffed animals, sewn from simple outline shapes, are quickly dressed up by either sewing or gluing on additional shapes such as wings or ears.
Print out or draw an animal shape onto paper. Start with a simple animal shape, such as a cat or a chicken.
Pin the paper pattern onto the felt and cut out the pieces. You will need two layers of felt if you want to make a stuffed animal. Remove the pattern from the felt.
Sew around the edge of the animal, keeping the stitches close to the edge of the felt. Use either a sewing machine or sew by hand with either a running stitch or backstitch. Leave a 2.5 cm (1 inch) gap between the start and finish of your stitches on a straight area of the animal's body such as the back or the belly.
Push wadding gently through the gap to plump out the body of the animal, paying particular attention to areas such as legs and tails. When your animal is as fat as you would like it, close the hole with stitches that match the rest of your stitched outline.
Embroider features such as eyes or noses using embroidery silk.
Basic animal shapes can often be found in children's colouring books if you're struggling to find a pattern template. Add interest to a felt animal by including other materials as finishing touches, such as pipe cleaners for legs, wiggly eyes, or colourful craft feathers on the tails of birds.
Things you need
- Animal pattern
- Embroidery silk