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Basic Stuffed Animals – Part 1

Here are some basic but oh-so-precious little stuffed animals.


Here’s a quick tutorial for the elephant. And because of time (or a lack of) I will post the giraffe tomorrow. :)


You’ll Need:

  • Scrap cotton fabric for the front piece (or any kind, really)
  • Scrap minky for the back piece (don’t know what minky is?? Click HERE. And if you’ve never felt it…’s like the softest touch-to-your-cheek type of material. Yum.)
  • Coordinating ribbon
  • Batting
  • Sewing machine
  • Thread
Draw any sort of animal shape. Mine measured about 7 x 9 inches. Any size will do but make sure all of their extremities are wide enough to shove batting into. (Like the elephants trunk…….I had to be careful to make it large enough to shove batting in.)
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Cut out your animal as the size you’d like it and then place it on another piece of paper and trace around it about a 1/2 inch. (Your seam allowance will be 1/4 inch but giving it a little extra will help with the size becoming smaller as you shove it with batting and it rounds out. Make sense? If not, it’s okay. You’ll see what I mean later.)


Then cut this larger pattern piece out and use it to cut a front piece out of your cotton and a back piece out of your minky. Make sure you flip over your pattern after you cut out the cotton, so that the minky is cut out the other way. This is necessary to be able to sew right sides together.


Then pin a couple of piece of ribbon to the back end, as a tail. Always pin towards the inside of your shape…….and then after sewing it will be on the outside. Be careful where you place it (if it’s at an angle) because when you flip it right side out after sewing it, it will turn out it a different spot. So pin it and see where it ends up as you fold it towards the outside. Gosh, if that makes no sense at all (sorry…) then just pin it however, and love it no matter how it turns out.


Then place your pieces right sides together and pin very well. The minky tends to slip and slide a ton.


Then sew slowly along the entire animal (1/4 inch), leaving about a 3 inch opening somewhere along the animal to be able to shove batting in.


***You might need to clip along any severe curves before turning right side out, so that those curves will lay flat.***


Turn right side out, pushing out any legs or trunks with the eraser end of a pencil. Then shove your batting in, pushing plenty of batting into the legs and such, to give them shape.


Then hand stitch the opening closed, with any sort of basic stitch and knot it closed.


Hooray……you’re done.


Now you’re ready to place this soft and cuddly animal into a child’s hands.


So sweet.


**Edit: Part 2 found here.

Ashley Johnston
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Ashley Johnston

Owner at Make It & Love It
Ashley Johnston is a professional DIY costume maker, sewist, crafter, and owner of Make It & Love It. She is a mom of 5 and a wife to a very patient (with the craft clutter) husband. In case you’re wondering, she always chooses crafting/sewing/designing over mopping/dusting/wiping base boards……but bathrooms/laundry/full bellies are always attended to. Whew!
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  2. momogal says:

    My 11 year old niece is decorating her room in giraffes. I am going to make her a big one for her bed. Super cute!

  3. Chrissa ~ a tad bit creative says:

    Thanks for this tutorial! I’ve been scouring the web for ages for something I can make my sister for her baby shower so I think I’ll give these a go!

  4. Casey says:

    Thank you for this tutorial, I used the concept to make a chicken. You can see it on my blog,

  5. playmobil zoo says:

    I can make one like this as a gift. This is very creative. Maybe, I can also use this as an idea in making pillows for my little sister.

  6. Delicate Fortress Creations says:

    Is it possible to use these as the stuffed animals for a project I'm doing? Adorable!

  7. Anonymous says:

    reply a! Thanks

  8. Anonymous says:

    At my school we have this thing called I.D.U. Its where we have to make something and try to sell it! Can I use your idea?

  9. Luisa says:

    These are awesome! Can't wait wait to make them for my kids and gifts. Thank you for sharing the tutorial.

  10. markandlouise says:

    I loved this project sooooo much. I gave it a try and it worked out ok, but not nearly a cute as yours :) I'm living overseas and can't get he supper cute fabric that you can in the west. You can check out my attempt on our blog here:

    Thanks again for everything that you share here, I love it!

  11. Wes and Dani says:

    Hello! I stumbled across your blog…I’m not even quite sure how. And you seriously are the most creative person I have ever seen! I already have a list of all the different crafts I’m going to try! I think I’ll start with the dry-erase board, then onto the bag holder, then after that those cute stuffed animals….then who knows what? I’m so impressed. Keep up the great blog!

  12. Alicia Alee says:

    Ashley, these are so adorable!! Very impressive ~ you are always makest the cutest stuff! I don’t know how you do it! :) I am going to try and have the patience and make the time to make these, especially the giraffe, because I think Braxton would love them! Or at least I would!

  13. Little Miss Pepperberry says:

    This is just gorgeous! Thank you for the inspiration and the encouragement.

  14. Deb K says:

    These are simply adorable!! Thanks so much for the chance to win:)

  15. says:

    I love how you did the giraffe mane-SO cute! I think I want to try replicating my pets as softies. Thanks so much for this! I’ll be linking.

  16. Candice says:

    Wow! I cannot wait to make these! I love love love your fabric. Thanks so much!

  17. Rose says:

    This is fantastic, I love the giraffe! Can’t wait, although is there anyway you could post a template for the shape you drew? I am awful at freehanding it, so that would be so helpful! Also, if anyone is wondering there is a great link for closing that three inch gap (they call it invisible stitch) on the Quilt Taffy blog, this is the link

    Thanks for another great idea, I can see myself whipping up that giraffe after tomorrows post! (my daughter loves the tags on her toys so I love the taggies on the neck, so cute!)

  18. niKKi says:

    Love it, can’t wait to make some.

  19. Dave and Julie Neal says:

    I am really going to make these for my little girl! She is at the age where she is starting to notice toys. Cant wait to make them! Thanks for ALL of the great ideas you post! You are amazing!!

  20. The Hardy Things in Life says:

    I love the stuffed animals!! So much fun and super cute!

  21. Elyssa Kunz says:

    Hey Ashley I was wondering if you would make a tie for me. I found some faberic that I want you to use but I’m not sure if it’s big enough. It is 18in. by 21in. Will that work? Let me know! Thanks!

  22. nap time journal says:

    That is a great idea! Thanks for sharing! I have a link to your blog on my blog!

  23. Ashley says:

    Ooooh, I’m so glad you all like this one. :)

    And Lauren, yes Kaela is right (thanks!!) I got that fabric at Hobby Lobby. I’ll be sad when it’s all gone because there isn’t a Hobby Lobby nearby. I found that out in CO. But you have one near you guys, right?? Go check it out……

  24. Kari @ Ucreate says:

    how stinkin’ cute!! a pink and brown giraffe is calling my name!

  25. Kaela says:

    One commenter asked where the blue and green fabric was from – I spotted it at my local Hobby Lobby. It has a coordinating floral pattern too!

  26. Kaela says:

    Fabulous! I just had an itching to make a stuffed dog and now I know how! I just came across your blog yesterday and have already caught myself all up! I have tons of stuff bookmarked for me to make. Thanks!

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      pack u

  27. Laura McGee says:

    perfect!! i need to make my nephew a present for his first birthday.. he is teething and this would be cute and perfect for him to chomp on! thanks

  28. Giles Fam says:

    Ok, I love that you found out where i could find that last piece of fabric for me. You are awesome! Thank you, thank you! ALSO–I am loving the blue and green fabric you used in this example–with the giraffe. Do you happen to know where you got it?? Sorry for all the questions! :)

  29. Howard Family says:

    You are so creative I love all you ideas!!

  30. The Hughes Family says:

    Super cute Ashley!!!! I will make them tonight!!!

  31. Aubrey says:

    This will be such a fun project for me. You are so creative I’ve got to tell you! I’m so impressed with all your stuff, and I borrow your ideas all the time. :) I think you should make a template for your animals, because I love them and I don’t think I could draw my own to turn out as cute. pretty please? :)

  32. Cari says:

    Oh so cute!! I am going to give this a try.

    I love your stuff. I literally started sewing about 3 weeks ago and your tutorials have been amazingly helpful. I made the cloth block and rings for my 3 month old daughter for easter. I posted about it on my blog and linked back to your blog. Hopefully that will help generate some more traffic for you.

  33. Hadley says:

    thanks! I’m going to give these a try – too cute!

  34. Chicy-Creations says:

    Oh my goodness! HOW CUTE! I’m going to have to make some for my daughter. These would be great baby shower gifts too! Thanks for the great tutorial.

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