Sew a stuffed animal
By Caitlin Murray Giles
This project gives kids the opportunity to design and create a stuffed creature of their own.
- Canvas, heavy weight linen or duck cloth
- Fabric markers
- Embroidery floss
- Scissors, push pins, a blunt needle
- Eco-friendly craft stuffing
- Draw a figure onto the cloth with permanent fabric markers. Be
sure to allow time for the markers to dry before you work with the
cloth because the colors will smear.
- Use scissors to trim around the edge of the figure, leaving a
generous border. Lay your figure on top of another piece of cloth
and trim a second piece to match. Pin the pieces together to keep
them in place. Make sure to supervise your child with the sharp
- Thread the embroidery floss onto the needle and sew around the
edges of your figure until you have a 2-inch opening remaining. If
you are using a thicker fabric like duck cloth, you might need to
use a regular sewing needle rather than a blunt, plastic child's
needle. Keep in mind that the stitches need to be close enough
together to contain the stuffing.
- Fill your creature with an eco-friendly craft stuffing. Sew up
the remaining opening. This process will give the stuffed creature
a raw edge and the stitches will be visible. If you want a more
finished look, pin the two pieces wrong sides together and sew
until you have a 2-inch opening left. Turn the fabric inside out,
stuff and sew up the remaining opening.