Pencil + art journal
Stuffing material (buy this at a fabric or craft store, or re-purpose items – cut up old socks , pantyhose, gloves…)
This is one of the best parts of creating. Draw as many ideas as you can. Let your creativity free and know there are no mistakes in this process. The more you dream, the more interesting your creation may be. You may start with one idea and modify it as you reach different steps or challenges in your project. Let this be exciting.
Once you have a drawing you like, separate each body part so you can create a pattern for each piece. In the drawing above, notice how the body is one piece, the eyes are one piece, the tail and so on.
Take the fabric you want to use for the body. Cut it in the general shape of your Stuffy’s body. You’ll need to cut a front and a back. If your stuffy has a tail or arms, cut out two of each of these as well. My daughter choose to make a very large eye for her stuffy, so we cut out two pieces for that too.
Our Stuffy only had features on the front, so we choose a cool button, made the eye and then sewed them on to create our Stuffy’s very handsome face.
We had a tail we wanted to attach from the side. My daughter choose not to have arms or legs, but if you have another appendage you would like attach, now is the time. Pin your tail (or whatever you dreamed up) so that it will lay on your top layer. Notice in our image how the tail looks like it will be moving in towards the midline of the body. As we continue the project, this will flip and the tail will stick out as it should.
Lay the back piece on top of the front piece so that the wrong side is facing up. (The right side of fabric is the side you eventually want to face out. The wrong side is the side that will not be seen once your project is finished.) Pin the edges together. Make sure your tail or other limbs are also being pinned so they too will be sewn at the seam. Leave an un-sewn section at the top so that you can turn your project inside out and stuff it.
Remember to sew through all the layers: front, back and appendages. Also, leave a whole for turning.
Step Seven: Turn It and Stuff It!
Push the bottom of your Stuffy through the opening you left. Turn it inside out, which is actually right-side out. Take a look. It should look like a flattened version of your dream stuffy. How cute! Now stuff it!
Step Eight: Sew the Opening
We used our stitching to close the opening as a design element. This means we thought it would be cool to show the threads as if they were hair or whiskers at the top. Notice the dark, thick thread we used below. You can hide your stitch or make it a piece of your creation. You choose!
Final Step: LOVE your Stuffy!
You know how to do this step without any instruction. Enjoy!