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Sewing Stuffed Animal Crafts

Lots of handsewn stuffed animals!

About Sewing Stuffed Animals - Sewing stuffed animals is very rewarding.  Besides keeping them for yourself, they make great gifts for other people. There is such a wide variety in size, shape, and animals that you could sew forever. Most stuffed animals are sewn with pretty sides together, leave an opening, turn the animal right side out,  then stuff, and sew the opening closed.
Best Fabric to Use - Light, medium, or heavy weight cotton will work best for making stuffed animals.  Fake fur works well on medium to large stuffed animals. Sometimes an animal may be sewn using a fleece fabric. However, stay away from most knit fabrics when making stuffed animals as the knit fabric will cause the animal to stretch out of shape.
Easy type Pattern - Stuffed animals that are easy to sew may have 1-3 pattern pieces, and require little sewing around curves or corners. The stuffed teddy bear as seen above has larger curves to sew around and only requires one pattern piece.
Difficult type Pattern -  Stuffed animals that are more difficult to sew have many or small curves, and may have many pattern pieces. As seen above, the pig  has points and curves to sew around, this may be a little difficult for a beginner sewer. The kitty cat above has 8 pattern pieces and would be for a more advance sewer.
Pattern Pieces - Pattern pieces can range from one, as shown in the teddy bear above, and up to 25 pieces for a more advanced project.
Cost & Fabric Usage - One benefit about making stuffed animals is the smaller projects do not require a lot of fabric.  Therefore, little animals can be made with left over fabric from another project.  This saves money and time, and your animal has cost almost nothing to make. 
Comments - Some stuffed animals come in kits, as seen in the elephant above.  Kits usually include pattern, fabric, directions, and some other supplies.  This kit had pre-printed elephant features on the fabric, making sewing a stuffed animal very quick and easy.  Other ways to make stuffed animals is by designing it yourself.  Draw it on paper for your pattern and go from there. This is how the fish, little cat, and frog were made.



You can make your very own "Little Kitty" stuffed animal

You can make or sew this cute little kitty cat using one of our easy to sew sewing kits at

Little Kitty VERY EASY SEWING kit   $5.00

Our VERY EASY Sewing Kit "Little Kitty" can be sewn by hand or by machine. Sewing Kit comes complete with PRE-CUT fabric for front and back of Kitty, ribbon for a bow, Yarn for Kitty, and color photographed directions that are KID TESTED. "Little Kitty" is 8" long and 4" high.


Learn how to sew this stuffed teddybear from fabric.

Here is a closer look at the stuffed Teddy Bear.  This Teddy requires only one pattern piece, making it easier to pin, cut, sew, and put together.


Learn how to sew a stuffed animal from fabric.

All three of these stuffed animal crafts were made of light and medium weight cotton fabric.


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Here are some great books for making stuffed animals
Soft Toys to Sew
Sheila McGraw; Paperback; Buy New: $19.95
Best of Sewing Machine Fun for Kids
Lynda Milligan; Paperback; Buy New: $11.87
Sewing Tiny Toys
Carolyn Vosburg Hall; Paperback; Buy New: $15.37
Easy-to-Make Stuffed Dinosaurs
Zillah Halls; Paperback; Buy New: $2.95
Bean Bag Toys: Easy-To-Make Clothing, Furniture, and Accessories
Kathryn Severns; Paperback; Buy New: $19.95
Soft Toys for Babies: Birth to 18 Months (Stitch & Enrich Series)
Judi Maddigan; Paperback; Buy New: $17.95
Teddy Bears and How to Make Them
Margaret Hutchings; Paperback; Buy New: $12.95









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