How to Make a Sheep From Fabric

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How to Make a Sheep From Fabric
Use real sheep as inspiration for your fabric creation. (Photos.com/Photos.com/Getty Images)

Whether you're looking to create a present for a baby, bring to life a nursery rhyme or simply try a new craft at home, making a sheep from fabric is a fairly easy project. Design your own pattern, and then create the stuffed sheep toy in any fabrics you choose. When it's finished, the fabric sheep can be a cuddly toy for youngsters or a cute decoration.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Scissors
  • Fabric
  • Chalk or fabric marker
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Pins
  • Wooden spoon

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Create a pattern for the front part of your sheep on a piece of sturdy paper. This must include a fluffy body section, which can be drawn like the shape of a cloud. Draw an oval for the head and two smaller oval ears. Add four legs with rounded hooves. Sketch a smaller fluffy cloud shape for the top of the sheep's head. When designing each feature, include about an 1/8-inch extra space to account for the seam. Cut out each shape.

  2. 2

    Trace the patterns on fabric using chalk or a fabric marker. Use white wool or terry cloth for the fluffy fleece pieces. Trace the face, ears and legs on a different fabric that will showcase these sheep features, such as a brown corduroy, velvet or felt. Cut out each piece.

  3. 3

    Assemble the sheep's face by sewing the head fleece shape on top of the head, and attaching the ears on either side. This can be done by hand or with a sewing machine. Sew the completed head piece on the upper-left side of the fluffy body cutout. Attach the four legs under the body. The sheep should now look as though its face is looking at you while it's body is profiled.

  4. 4

    Trace the outline of the assembled sheep on a piece of sturdy paper, and cut it out. This will create the pattern for the backside of the sheep toy. Outline this pattern on a piece of fabric, which can be one you've used in the other features or a completely new material. Cut out the fabric.

  5. 5

    Pin the sheep's front and back pieces together, so that both materials are facing with the "up" or outside toward each other. Sew around the perimeter of the sheep, leaving an inch opening somewhere along the creation. Flip the sheep right-side out through the hole.

  6. 6

    Stuff the sheep with fiberfill. Use the end of a wooden spoon or eraser-side of a pencil to stuff the legs, ears and other hard-to-reach areas.

  7. 7

    Sew the sheep closed.

Tips and warnings

  • Create a face on the sheep by embroidering eyes, a nose and mouth on the face. You can also make these features with a permanent marker.
  • Do not sew buttons or detachable parts on the sheep if it will be given to young children.

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