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Sew a stuffed animal

This project gives kids the opportunity to design and create a stuffed creature of their own.

Instructions:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.
  4. 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.

Materials:

  • Canvas, heavy weight linen or duck cloth
  • Fabric markers
  • Embroidery floss
  • Scissors, push pins, a blunt needle
  • Eco-friendly craft stuffing
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