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Stuffed Fabric Turtles (with pattern pieces)


We were shopping around, down in Florida, after we went to the zoo several weeks ago

(yes, in Jacksonville…..some of you asked)……..and we stopped by a Pottery Barn Kids store.

I’m a window shopper.  Well, and an inspiration-seeker shopper.

I love walking around and daring myself to find something I want to make.  Ha.


Want to go shopping with me?

I might drive you crazy.

Then you and my husband will have something in common.


While we were there…..we saw some cute little stuffed turtles.

So I snapped a picture with my phone, and I decided to try and figure it out at home.


So, here’s my version…..a bit different, but just as sweet.



They are soft and plump and are perfect for little hands.



…..and the tail may be my favorite part.




After making one, you better let your turtle explore outside.



Would you like to make your own?


Turtle pattern pieces found here. (print off and cut out)


Cut out all of your turtle pieces, in whatever fabric and color choices you want.  Be sure to read the notes on each pattern piece and watch for when it says, “cut on the fold”.

(Also, you don’t want to use a stretchy fabric, or the turtle won’t hold its shape very well.)

If you want to make your turtle all one color or all different colors, it’s up to you.



Now, place 2 of the leg pieces together, with right sides together, and sew up around the outer edges, leaving the top straight edge open.  Do the same with the other legs pieces, making 4 legs.  Now, do the same thing with your head and tail pieces.



Next, turn all of these pieces right side out, using a pencil or a paintbrush end to help you poke them right side out.



Now, fill each piece with some stuffing (I used polyester fiberfill)……..using something like the end of a paintbrush helps to shove that batting into those small pieces.



Then sew each piece closed, about a 1/4 inch from the end.



Now, sew 2 of your shell pieces together along one side (with right sides together) and then sew the other 2 together.  (Make sure that the shell pieces are right side up while sewing together, or the sides won’t match.  The black dot on the shell pattern piece is the top of the shell.)


When sewing the 2 shell pieces together, start at the top of the shell (where the big circle is on the pattern piece) and go down along the one side.  Be sure to start right at the center of the top of the triangle piece….don’t cross that imaginary line down the center.



Then, open up the shell pieces.  These are going to be on the sides of your turtle.

Now grab one of the side sections and pin your head to the front end with the raw edges matching up.  Place it about a 1/2 inch from the bottom of the shell.  Then place the tail at the other end, about a 1/2 inch from the bottom as well.  Sew the head and tail in place, about a 1/4 inch from the edge.



Then place the other side of the shell right on top, with right sides together.  Sew from the center top, down one side……then start at the top again and sew down the other end.

Turn the shell right side out and it should look like this.



Flatten the shell down flat, then start pinning the feet to the shell.  Center each foot at the center edge of each shell section.  Sew each foot in place, using a 1/4 inch seam allowance.  (Add a little sewing tag at this point too, if you have one.)



Then turn your shell inside out and place right on top of the circle turtle bottom (that’s right side up).  Pin all the way around the turtle, attaching the shell to the bottom.



Then sew all the way around the base of the turtle, using a 1/4 inch seam allowance…..and leaving about a 3 inch opening along one side, between two of the side legs.



Next, turn the turtle right side out and begin shoving it full of your stuffing (I used polyester fiberfill)…

**When shoving your stuffing in, you’ll need to shove in enough to really expand the shell.

If you don’t have enough, it won’t round out……….but if you shove in too much, it will be too lumpy.

Really move the stuffing around and smooth it out as you’re filling it up.**


Then tuck your raw ends towards the inside, and use a blind stitch to sew your turtle closed.  (Need help with the blind stitch?  Click here.)


Now, that’s it.

You’re turtle is complete.


Now make several more and create a turtle family……or give each and every one away.

Because what child wouldn’t love a new little turtle friend?!!




Ashley Johnston

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 my 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!


  1. Tiffany says:

    Not sure why my turtle’s shell ended up a little bunchy and not as smooth as yours… but he is still a cutie :)

    Thanks again for sharing this – so quick to make and super cute :)

  2. Jen says:

    Where do you buy your fabrics?

  3. Joy B says:

    This will be a perfect Christmas present for our great-nephew! In my niece’s ultrasound picture of little Gage, he resembled an upside-down turtle. Now, he get lots of turtle toys! Thanks so much for sharing the pattern and the tut!

  4. Marnie says:

    So cute- Kids would love these! I plan on making a bunch for charity. Thank you so much for sharing your pattern!

  5. Emily says:

    These are adorable. I would like to make them more of a bean bag style… just need to figure out what kind of beans to use. Looking for to exploring your previous posts.

    1. Anja says:

      For Washability, try Poly Pellets. (Same thing as is in Beanie Babies.) You can get them in the craft section of Walmart, or Hobby Lobby, Michaels, etc..

  6. louise says:

    How absolutely adorable! I love the tail, too! I do the same thing with window insipration shopping. Growing up my mom would always say, ‘I can make that.’ It drove me CRAZY! The scary part, that’s what I say ALL THE TIME now! :) I also just got a book from the library about making more stuffed toys. I can do flat style stuffed toys, but I want to learn the science of 3 dims as well so I can create my own. This is very inspiring!

  7. Yolanda says:

    How cute! Thank you SEW much for sharing this with us!

  8. Suzanne says:

    OMG!!!! These are absolutely ADORABLE!!! I am due in October, and cannot wait to make one of these for my little girl… and my nieces of course!!! CUTE!! Thanks!

    1. Suzanne says:

      Made one yesterday!!! Turned out SOOOO CUTE!!!

  9. tinajo says:

    These are just wonderful! :-)

  10. Brianne says:

    So cute! I would love to go shopping with you. I’m not much of a shopper, but I think I could shop if I were looking for inspiration, especially with a crafty genius like you! Thanks for sharing, I’m bookmarking this one.

  11. Erin says:

    Love these! I’m making some for my friends sweet baby!

  12. Beth says:

    Adorable…I know the perfect hands for them :) Thanks for sharing!

  13. Karyn says:

    Those are adorable!!! I can’t wait to try making them myself. And…..bookmark!

  14. julie says:

    These are amazing- you are amazing! If I had half your energy… laundry would probably folded!!! Thanks for the eye candy. BTW I really like your new blog layout.

  15. Lindsay says:

    These turtles are so cute!! Thanks for sharing the pattern.

  16. bec says:

    what perfect timing! my sister is having her 2nd baby & he fav toy when she was a bubba was a stinky “sooky” turtle! i have to make one for her now, it will be the perfect gift! i need to add one thing though, a really soft “sooky” tag so the new baby can suck it just like she did :) thanks for a beautiful idea

  17. Laulief says:

    Adorable! I must make a few for my soon to be born grandson! His nursery is done in turtles! Thanks so much!

  18. Celeste says:

    These little guys just hopped to the top of my to-do list. My two-year old says we need to make them “right now.” These turtles are so cute, I’ll let him have his way (this time).

  19. jess says:

    very very cute!!! thanks for ALL of your tutorials!

    any tips on how to get the pattern to print at the right size?

  20. Creating Sarah says:

    These are adorable! I think my daughters (and all of my nieces and nephews and their friends) would love these! Thanks for the pattern.

    By the way, I would love to go shopping with you. We would have so much fun inspiration window shopping! It’s all I do when I go out shopping anyway (that and head to the craft store to get more supplies!)

  21. Lindsey says:

    So stinkin’ cute!!! I now have to make these for my little girls. I recently made them your stuffed owls, which I adore just as much as they do!
    I also share a similar approach to shopping. But my ideas don’t always make it into such nice tutorials as you create. So thank you so much for sharing :)

  22. Danielle D. says:

    I love these! I also love the new look of the site! Great job!

  23. Lynette says:

    Ummm…I am loving these! How fun!

  24. Bonnie says:

    You are freakin’ AMAZING! Thanks so much for all your tutorials. The turtles rock! Must make some for my kids ASAP.

  25. Nikki says:

    OH MY GOODNESS!! I have to make one (or two) for my coming baby girl! LOVE!!! Thank you, thank you!!

  26. Megan says:

    Way Cute! I might have to try it with some minky for a soft belly.

  27. Angie says:

    Oh my goodness, these are adorable! I can’t wait to make one for my three girls and my 2 little nephews, oh and I would love to go shopping with you ;)

  28. patricia says:

    i love the idea of challenging yourself like that….

  29. Heidi K says:

    I’ve always loved turtles. :) Thanks so much for sharing this. I can’t wait to make one.

  30. Rebecca@This Present Life says:

    Those are soooo cute! I LOVE them. I will definitely have to bookmark this tutorial. These would make such cute baby shower or birthday gifts! Thanks for the tutorial :)

  31. Staci says:

    Love this! Cant wait to try it!

  32. Clare G. says:

    Cute, Cute , Cute!!!

  33. Kadybug says:

    I love love love this! So cute! I can’t wait to try it out.

  34. Greta says:

    Thanks for the quick fix! Love it!

  35. Kristy - Hopeful Threads says:

    These are soooooo cute! I’m not the best at making stuffies, but these sure make me want to make them! I’ll be sharing about them on my blog too! :)

  36. Cherished Bliss says:

    These are adorable!!! I love the fabric too!

  37. Brenda says:

    I would LOVE to make some of these for my son, but I am a visual sewer.. I need written instructions and pictures to make the written stuff make sense.. But unfortunately, I too am having trouble seeing all the images. :( BOO!! Still love your site though! By the way, the new layout is AWESOME!!!

    1. Ashley says:

      They should work now, sorry about that……….it was some weird code thing that I had to fix. Whew! And thanks, glad you like the layout! -Ashley

  38. Greta says:

    I can only see two or three pics. :( These are so adorable and would be perfect for some gifts I need make soon!

    1. Ashley says:

      They should work now, sorry about that……….it was some weird code thing that I had to fix. Whew! -Ashley

  39. Betsy says:

    (for other commenters: I didn’t see the pics at first, but they WERE in my reader… and then when I viewed the “home page” the photos came up… not sure why… but try not looking JUST at the post?)

    For Ashley… SO CUTE!! And perfect timing! I have some new baby friends who I was trying to figure out what to make for them…. :-D

    1. Ashley says:

      Thanks for helping with that……I have no idea why pics were showing only on the home page. Weird. They should work now, sorry about that……it was some weird code thing that I had to fix. Whew! -Ashley

  40. Tomi Ann says:

    Oh, this would be such an adorable baby gift! Thanks for the tutorial. BTW, I can’t see most of the tut pictures, either.

    1. Ashley says:

      They should work now, sorry about that…… was some weird code thing that I had to fix. Whew! -Ashley

  41. Julianna says:

    I’ve got the first 4 photos and then a pic of all the legs stuffed, but that’s it… :(

    1. Ashley says:

      They should work now, sorry about that…….it was some weird code thing that I had to fix. Whew! -Ashley

    2. Julianna says:

      No worries, all better.

  42. Andrea M says:

    I cant see any of the pics..sooo sad

    1. Ashley says:

      They should work now, sorry about that…it was some weird code thing that I had to fix. Whew! -Ashley

  43. Samantha says:

    I LOVE your blog! Now, I am only a beginner, self teaching, sewer and I see so many inspirational ideas. This is uber adorable and I hope to be able to quickly gain enough skill to make these look half decent.

  44. tina says:

    Oh thats funny! I saw the giraffe pics and swore it was the Jax Zoo, but thought naaaah. Jacksonville is my hometown!

  45. Becky says:

    thanks so much for sharing your pattern! My husband LOVES my ‘window shopping for ideas’ too. :)

  46. Tiffany says:

    The pictures are not working for me at all – weird. Guess I’ll try later and hope it works because I’d LOVE to make one of these tonight! :) I can see one picture of the finished turtles where you tell us to put them out in the yard, haha, so cute!

    1. Ashley says:

      They should work now, sorry about that……it was some weird code thing that I had to fix. Whew! -Ashley

  47. Angie says:

    These are ADORABLE! You are a genius. What a fun way to use up some scraps. Thanks so much for sharing your creativity and patterns!

    1. Anonymous says:

      me 2….infact i m searching 4 these pattern 4 last 2 day…and finally i got it

  48. Tal says:

    OMG, these are so cute! Thanks for the tutorial, I’m definitely going to try them!

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