How to Sew a Duck Toy

Updated July 20, 2017

Ducks and ducklings have been an icon of childhood for decades. While the most iconic of the duck toys is probably the yellow rubber ducky, the stuffed animal duck trails closely behind. With just a few materials, you can make your own stuffed duck toy for yourself to enjoy or as a gift for a child or pregnant mother. This project requires so few materials and takes so little time to make that it is also an ideal project to make for craft fairs. Adults and children alike are sure to delight in making or receiving a toy duck.

Trace the duck pattern onto 2 pieces yellow felt and cut the pattern out with scissors. Many duck patterns are available on the Internet for free; search for "duck pattern", "duck shape," or "duck silhouette" and search for one that you like.

Next, make the wings. Cut four wing shapes out of the third piece of yellow fabric. Take two wing shapes, align then, and stitch them together. Leave a small opening in the bottom of each wing to stuff. Put enough stuffing into the opening to give the wing some volume, and then stitch the wing shut. Repeat for second wing. Lay the two duck shapes flat, beak to beak. The surface facing you will be the "outside" of the duck. Stitch the wings to the outside of the duck shape.

Use the black buttons for eyes. Stitch the black buttons onto the duck's head using the needle and black thread.

Turn the two duck shapes over. Align the two duck shapes with the outsides facing in. Stitch together with needle and yellow thread. Leave a small 1-inch opening in the bottom. Turn the duck inside out. Insert stuffing through the hole. Fluff and insert more until ideal volume is achieved. Stitch the opening closed.

Cut out two duck feet and two triangular-shaped pieces (upper bill and lower bill) from the orange felt. The two triangular-shaped pieces must be about the size of the duck's bill as it exists on the yellow felt. Use the needle and orange thread to stitch the feet to the bottom of the duck. Form an inside-out cone with the two triangular-shaped pieces, stitching along the sides and leaving the bottom of the cone open. Lay over the duck's bill and stitch in place.


Customise your duck with different coloured fabrics. Accessorise with bows or other accoutrements to make it extra special.

Things You'll Need

  • Duck-shaped pattern
  • 3 pieces of yellow felt, 12 inches x 10 inches
  • 1 piece of orange felt, 12 inches x 10 inches
  • Yellow thread
  • Orange thread
  • Black thread
  • Scissors
  • 2 black plastic buttons
  • Stuffing
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Simone Cole began writing professionally about children, nature and the environment as an environmental educator and communicator in 2008. She holds a teaching degree from Wayne State University and a graduate degree in natural resources management from the University of Michigan. She currently works as an education program coordinator at an environmental non-profit in Detroit, Mich.