This project gives kids the opportunity to design and create a stuffed creature of their own.
- Draw a figure onto the cloth with permanent fabric markers. Besure to allow time for the markers to dry before you work with thecloth because the colors will smear.
- Use scissors to trim around the edge of the figure, leaving agenerous border. Lay your figure on top of another piece of clothand trim a second piece to match. Pin the pieces together to keepthem in place. Make sure to supervise your child with the sharppins.
- Thread the embroidery floss onto the needle and sew around theedges of your figure until you have a 2-inch opening remaining. Ifyou are using a thicker fabric like duck cloth, you might need touse a regular sewing needle rather than a blunt, plastic child’sneedle. Keep in mind that the stitches need to be close enoughtogether to contain the stuffing.
- Fill your creature with an eco-friendly craft stuffing. Sew upthe remaining opening. This process will give the stuffed creaturea raw edge and the stitches will be visible. If you want a morefinished look, pin the two pieces wrong sides together and sewuntil you have a 2-inch opening left. Turn the fabric inside out,stuff and sew up the remaining opening.
- Canvas, heavy weight linen or duck cloth
- Fabric markers
- Embroidery floss
- Scissors, push pins, a blunt needle
- Eco-friendly craft stuffing