Sew Cute Patterns

Sewing patterns to create stuffed animals, plush toys and aprons

DIY Plush Tooth

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Children get so excited about visits from the tooth fairy! Make it more fun with a plush tooth and official tooth fairy certificates. Tooth sewing pattern includes step by step instructions with photos, pattern pieces and printable tooth and tooth fairy certificates to make it official!


Coupon Code -

Use coupon code “TOOTH” for 25% off.


Size/Measurements -

Plush tooth is 7” when finished.


Recommended supplies -

Fleece fabric, polyester stuffing and plastic animal eyes are recommended for this pattern.


Sewing skill level -

Advanced

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Free Witch Template

Free PatternsDiana Cison

Decorating for the holidays is so much fun. Add this awesome wooden party witch to the front lawn or hang her on the front door! She’s made from plywood so you’ll need a jigsaw to cut the template. But you can also make her out of poster board. Below you’ll find instructions to make both!

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The template includes four masks to choose from. Choose your favorite or make all four!

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Witch Templates

Click here to download the templates.

Wooden Witch

Supplies:

  • Plywood Sandpaper

  • Black marker

  • Jigsaw

  • Glitter in a variety of colors as desired

  • Spray adhesive for wood

  • Hot glue gun or wood glue

  • Latex paint (black for hat, dress, shoes, stockings & broom, orange for hair & stockings, green for face & hands)

  • Paint brush

  • Hook to create a door hanger

  • Conduit and conduit strap to create a lawn decoration

Directions:

  1. First, cut all pattern pieces from pattern pages. Witch pattern prints on multiple pages and will need to be taped together. Match up the letters and use as a guide when taping together. Tape along the dotted lines.

  2. Trace the witch and broom patterns on the plywood using a black marker.

  3. With a jigsaw, cut around the design.

  4. Using sandpaper, smooth out the wood around the entire edge of the design.

  5. Paint the witch and broom using latex paint. (We used black for hat, dress, shoes, stockings & broom, orange for hair & stockings, green for face and hands.) Let dry completely.

  6. Spray with adhesive spray for wood and using various colors, sprinkle with glitter as desired. (We used blue for boots, orange for stockings & hat, purple for dress, green for face, red for hat, gold for hat band and silver for broom.) Let dry completely.

  7. Choose which style glasses you would like for your witch. Trace the glasses pattern on the plywood and with a jigsaw, cut around the design. You will not need to cut out the hole in the middle of glasses. With sandpaper, smooth out the edges.

  8. Paint the glasses with latex paint in whatever color desired.

  9. To decorate the glasses with glitter, lay the paper mask pattern on the wooden glasses. The eye holes should be cut out of the paper pattern. Spray the eye holes with adhesive spray. Remove paper pattern and sprinkle with glitter in whatever color desired. Let dry completely. Spray the rest of the glasses with adhesive spray. Sprinkle with glitter in whatever color desired. Let dry completely.

  10. Using wood glue or a hot glue gun, glue the glasses to the witch’s face.

Door Hanger -

To create a door hanger, screw a hook into the top of the witch’s head and hang to the door with a nail and hammer.

Lawn Decor -

To create a lawn decoration, hammer a 4 foot conduit into the ground, sinking about 6 inches into the ground. Attach the back of the witch to the conduit with a conduit strap.

Paper Witch

Supplies:

  • Black poster board

  • Glitter in a variety of colors as desired

  • Spray adhesive for paper

  • Acrylic paint in a variety of colors

  • Pencil

  • Scissors

  • Tacky glue

  • Ribbon to create a hook to hang

Directions:

  1. Using a pencil, lightly trace the witch and broom patterns on white poster board and cut.

  2. Using a pencil, lightly trace the glasses pattern on white poster board. You don’t need to cut out the holes in the glasses. You will cover these areas with glitter.

  3. Using acrylic paints, paint the witch and broom as desired. Let dry completely.

  4. Decorate with glitter. Spray the area you’d like to cover on the witch and broom with adhesive spray. Sprinkle with glitter. Spray and cover remaining areas until finished. Let dry completely.

  5. To decorate the masks with glitter , place the paper pattern on top of the mask. Your eye holes should be cut out of the paper pattern. Carefully spray the eye hole area with adhesive spray and sprinkle with glitter. Let dry completely. Next, spray the area around the eye holes with adhesive spray and cover with glitter. Let dry completely.

  6. Glue the masks to the witch’s face.

  7. Glue the broom to the witch's body.

  8. Loop a 4 inch ribbon to the back of the top of the witches hat to create a hook to hang.

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Halloween Patterns

Create a spooky attack cat, spider or owl for the holidays

DIY Halloween Decorations

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Create a spooky (yet adorable) black owl, attack cat or spider for Halloween. All Halloween patterns include step by step instructions with photos and pattern pieces. Available for instant PDF download so you can starting sewing immediately.

COUPON CODE

Use coupon code HALLOWEEN for 40% off any Halloween pattern. Expires 10/31/2019.

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DIY Halloween Decor

Create a spooky black cat, owl or spider.

Size/Dimensions:

Attack cat: 22” tall

Owl: 6” wide x 4.5” tall

Spider: 9” or 17” (pattern includes both sizes)

Halloween Patterns

Happy Halloween from Sew Cute Patterns!

Sewing Bee University

Sewing TutorialsDiana Cison

Welcome to Sewing Bee University or SBU for short!

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Meet Wilma, the SBU mascot!  Isn't she bee-utiful?  She's here to help you learn some basic sewing terms and techniques to help you create your awesome new toy or apron!

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Free animal patterns + coloring storybook when you subscribe!

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Subscribe to the Sew Cute Patterns newsletter and you’ll receive a coupon code for three free stuffed animal sewing patterns plus matching coloring storybook!

Snippet the cat is ready for a nap. Come to think of it, so am I….

The Snippet’s Snoozefest patterns and storybook include:

  • 3 animal sewing patterns to make a plush dog, cat and mouse.

  • 18 page coloring storybook starring Snippet the cat and her nap time friends.

Read the story to your little ones, let them color the storybook pages and then make the characters!

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Snippet’s Snoozefest

Animal patterns & coloring storybook

Sewing Toys 101 - Free Sewing Tutorial Ebook

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Sewing Toys 101 is a free sewing pattern ebook that includes fun sewing lessons on making soft toys!

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Sewing Toys 101

Sewing lessons on making toys at home.

Why sew your own toys? Simply put, because it's fun! It's fun to make a one of a kind stuffed animal to match you or your child's personality. There's nothing like that, "I made that" feeling when you're done. Unique, handmade gifts are perfect for the holidays.

Sewing Toys 101 has all the basics to get you started.

Chapters include:

  • Intro

  • Basic Toot Kit

  • Sewing Supplies

  • Choosing the Fabric

  • Choosing the Stuffing

  • Types of Stitches

  • Suggestions for animal eyes

  • Other techniques

  • Button jointing

  • Reverse right side out

  • Sewing a button

  • Sewing a dart

  • Clipping inward seams

  • Stitching an opening closed

  • Stitching facial features

  • Starting and finishing a stitch

  • Sewing Terms

  • Fabric “right side together” (right and wrong side of fabric)

  • Seams

  • Machine Sewing

  • PDF Patterns

  • Suppliers

Ladder Stitch - Stitching an Opening Closed

Sewing TutorialsDiana Cison

When you stitch two fabric pieces together, you must leaving a small opening to reverse right side out and stuff.  After you reverse and stuff your toy, you will need to stitch the opening closed.  You can do this with a ladder stitch.  



How to Ladder Stitch:

Step 1. Fold seam allowances to inside and if desired, press flat with an iron.  The fabric will be easier to stitch if it's flat.

Step 2. Thread needle with sturdy thread. Make knot at end.

Step 3. Hide the knot at the end of the thread in the seam allowance. Bring needle up at beginning of opening.  Note, I am using black thread so that it’s easier to see in the picture.  You will want to use the color of your fabric.

Step 4. Insert needle in opposite folded edge directly across from position where needle came out of first folded edge. Take a small stitch; pull needle through fabric.

Step 5. Return needle to first folded edge, starting that stitch directly opposite of where you ended the last stitch and take another small stitch and pull needle through fabric.

6. Continue in this manner to make a few stitches from side edge to side edge until you get to the end of the opening.

7. Pull thread snugly to close opening.


8. Secure thread end with a backstitch or two, cut thread and tie to secure.

9. Trim any excess thread

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22 Cute Sewing Supplies You'll Find Online

Sewing TutorialsDiana Cison

These are a few cute sewing supplies and sewing themed trinkets I found while shopping online.  They are adorable!  It's true, everything is pretty in pink!  Just click on the photo to get to the shopping page.

1. Janome Pink Sorbet Sewing Machine

Sewing is more fun in pink sorbet!

2. Hummingbird Needle Threader

Free Pillow Pattern: Bow Pillow

Free PatternsDiana Cison

Choose the perfect fabric in the perfect color and follow the DIY bow pillow tutorial below for lovely home decor or a fabulous gift for any occasion!  Give your bed a touch of cuteness!

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Use adorable Valentine fabric for Valentines Day, snowman or Santa fabric for Christmas or spooky spider or ghost fabric for Halloween.  Pick a fabric that matches your bedroom colors for an adorable decorative pillow for your bed!

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Your bow pillow will be approximately 19″ wide x 11″ tall at each end when finished.

Sewing skill level: beginner

Supplies:

  • 100% Polyester Fabric*
    48″ x 12″ for the pillow
    13″ x 6 1/2″ for the tie

  • Polyester stuffing

  • Sewing machine and basic sewing supplies

* Any fabric type is appropriate for this DIY bow pillow.  100% polyester fabric is recommended because it’s soft and stretchy, perfect for a pillow.  Flannel cotton and fleece are very soft as well, perfect for children’s pillows. 

Steps:

Step 1.  Cut your fabric for the bow and the tie.  Below are the dimensions for both.

I prefer to create a paper pattern by cutting and taping pieces of paper together in the dimensions needed.  Then I pin the paper patter to the fabric and cut the fabric.  This is optional.  You can simply measure and cut without the paper pattern if you prefer.  I like the paper because it helps me cut more evenly.

For the bow pillow, cut a 48″ long x 12″ wide piece of double layered fabric.  This will include a 1/4″ seam.

For the tie in the middle, cut a 13″ x 6 1/2″ piece of single layered fabric.  This will also include a 1/4″ seam.

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Step 2. Fold the tie fabric lengthwise with fabric right sides together and stitch along the side of the seam.

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Step 3.  Still with right sides together, stitch along the seam on one side of the tie.

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Step 4. Reverse right side out through the opening.

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Step 5.  Stuff lightly with polyester stuffing so that the tie remains relatively flat.

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Step 6.  Stitch the opening closed by hand using a ladder stitch.  Ironing the fabric along the folded seam first will make it easier to stitch.

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Step 7.  With fabric right sides together, stitch along the seam on both sides of the pillow, leaving the ends open.

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Step 8. Still with fabric right sides together, stitch along one side of the opening of the pillow.

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Step 9.  Reverse right side out through the opening.  Iron the opening along the folded seams.

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Step 10.  Lay the pillow down and fold the left and right sides in so that they touch in the middle.  Mark the location of where the fabric will fold and the middle of the pillow with a pin.  Put the pin at the top of each fold.   You will want to avoid putting stuffing along these folds and the middle where the tie will go.

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Step 11.  Stuff with polyester stuffing avoiding the folds on both sides of the pillow as well as the middle where you marked with the pin.  Your pillow should remain flat after stuffing. You don’t want to over stuff or else it won’t fold correctly into a bow.

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Step 12. Test your stuffing by folding the pillow again and squeezing in the middle.  If need be, adjust the stuffing and add more/remove as needed.

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Step 13.  When finished stuffing, stitch the opening closed by hand with a ladder stitch.

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Step 14.  Remove the pins at the folds.  Fold the pillow, pin together and ladder stitch the ends together.

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Step 15.  Wrap the tie around the middle of the pillow, squeezing the pillow and pin the two ends of the tie together. Stitch the two ends of the tie together using a ladder stitch, like you would if you were stitching an opening closed.

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Free Pillow Pattern: DIY Paw Pillow

Free PatternsDiana Cison

This adorable paw pillow makes great decor for any bed or couch!  It’s made from soft fleece fabric to make it extra cozy.  Mix and match colors and patterns to make a whole colorful collection!

 Follow the easy steps below to make your own.

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Supplies you’ll need:

  • fleece fabric for the pillow (note 1)

  • felt fabric for the paw pad and toes (note 2)

  • polyester stuffing (note 3)

  • fusible web and iron or hot glue gun (note 4)

  • pattern pieces

 

Supply notes:

Note (1) Fleece fabric is recommended because it’s softness is perfect for pillows.  But you can substitute other fabric types as desired. 

Note (2) You will need a fabric types which does not fray around the edges to make the paw prints.  Felt is recommended.  You can also use fleece.

Note (3) Polyester stuffing is recommended. 

Note (4) Fusible web is used to iron on the paw prints to the pillow.  As an alternative, you can also glue the prints on using a hot glue gun and glue sticks.


Pattern Pieces

Click here to download your pattern pieces.

Step by step instructions:

Cut and tape the pattern pages

The pattern pieces print on multiple pages and need to be taped together.  Use the letters as a guide to taping the pieces together.  Match up the letters and tape along the dashed lines.

Cut the fabric pieces

Step 1. Pin the pillow pattern to double layered fabric and cut one.

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Step 2. Pin the sides pattern to double layered fabric and cut one.

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Step 3.  With fabric right sides together, stitch the ends of the two sides to make one long piece.

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Step 4. Pin the paw pads and all 4 toes pattern to single layered felt fabric and cut one of each.

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Iron the paw prints (or hot glue)

Step 5. Remove one side of the backing on the fusible web and attach the paw pad and four toes. Cut around the edges.

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 Step 6. Remove the backing from the other side of the fusible web and attach the pieces to the right side of one of the pillow pieces.  Make sure you are attaching to the RIGHT side of the pillow fabric.  Iron on.

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Stitch pieces together

Step 7. With fabric right sides together, stitch along the entire edge of the side fabric to the edge of one of the pillow pieces.

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Step 8.  With fabric right sides together, stitch the open ends of the sides pieces together.

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Step 9. With fabric right sides together, pin and stitch along the edges of the other side of the side fabric to the other pillow fabric, leaving an opening to reverse and stuff.

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Step 10. Reverse right side out.

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Step 11.  Stuff with polyester stuffing.

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Step 12.  Stitch the opening closed using a ladder stitch. 

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Finished!

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The Witch's Closet - Witch Templates

Free PatternsDiana Cison
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What’s in your witch’s closet?

Free witch templates!

Download these fun witch templates to make awesome Halloween decor.  Spooky items you’d find in every witch’s closet!

  • floppy witch hat

  • fancy witch hat

  • witch’s boot

  • broom

  • cauldron

Click here to download the pattern pages and instructions.

Options for materials:

You have a variety of  materials to choose from for creating the items in your witch’s closet. You can choose from: fabric, wood or paper. Instructions are included for all three.

  • Fabric:
    You will whipstitch by hand a flat door hanger using felt fabric, embroidery floss and a needle.

  • Wood:
    Will require plywood and a jigsaw. Attach a hook at the top and create a door hanger.

  • Paper:
    The best options for creating a paper project are poster board or foam board. You will need a craft knife to cut the foam board.

Witch’s Boots

Cut the templates or pattern pieces:

First, cut all pattern pieces from the pattern pages. Patterns print on multiple pages and will need to be taped together. Match up the letters and use as a guide when taping together. Tape along the dotted lines. You will use the same template for all three options (fabric, wood or paper).

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Witch’s Fancy Hat

Felt Fabric Door Hanger

Supplies:

  • Black felt fabric

  • Black embroidery floss and needle

  • Pins

  • Scissors

  • Red felt fabric for bloody goo (cauldron only)

  • Plastic google eyes (for cauldron only)

  • Hot glue gun (for cauldron only)

  • Adhesive spray for fabric/paper

  • Glitter in a variety of colors as desired.
    desired.

Instructions:

  • Choose your pattern.

  • Pin the pattern on felt fabric and cut four pieces. Your door hanger will have four layers of fabric.

  • Using black embroidery floss and needle, whipstitch all four layers together.
    Visit Sewing Bee University for a quick whipstitch tutorial. Click here.

  • For the cauldron, cut the bloody goo out of red felt fabric and glue to the top of the cauldron using a hot glue gun. Glue google eyes to the red felt as desired.

  • Spray the fabric with adhesive spray and sprinkle with glitter as desired.

  • Create a loop at the top of the project so you can hang. Using a 4 inch piece of embroidery floss, feed the floss through the top of the project with a needle. Create a knot at the ends.

  • Hang.

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Witch’s Cauldron

Wooden Door Hanger

Supplies:

  • Plywood

  • Sandpaper

  • Black marker

  • Jigsaw

  • Glitter in a variety of colors as desired

  • Spray adhesive for wood

  • Plastic google eyes and hot glue gun for cauldron only (optional)

  • Black acrylic paint

  • Red acrylic paint for cauldron only

  • Paint brush

  • Hook to create a door hanger

Directions:

  • Trace the pattern on the plywood using a black marker.

  • With a jigsaw, cut around the design.

  • Using sandpaper, smooth out the wood around the entire edge of the design.

  • Paint using black latex paint. Let dry completely.

  • For the cauldron, paint the red bloody goo using red latex paint.

  • Hot glue plastic google eyes to the red goo as desired.

  • To add glitter, spray the area with spray adhesive and carefully sprinkle on the glitter.

  • To create a door hanger, screw a hook into the top and hang to the door with a nail and hammer.

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Witch’s Hat

Paper Door Hanging

Supplies:

  • Black poster board or foam board

  • Craft knife (if using foam board)

  • Glitter in a variety of colors as desired

  • Spray adhesive for paper

  • Plastic google eyes for cauldron only

  • Pencil

  • Scissors

  • 4” ribbon to hang

Directions:

  • Using a pencil, lightly trace the pattern on black poster or foam board.

  • Cut with scissors if using poster board. Cut with a craft knife if using foam board.

  • To decorate with glitter, spray the desired area with adhesive spray. Sprinkle with glitter in color desired. Let dry completely.

  • For the cauldron, spray the red goo area with adhesive spray and sprinkle with red glitter. Glue google eyes as desired.

  • Create a loop with a piece of ribbon and glue or tape to the back of your door hanging. Use to hang.



How to print, assemble & trace your PDF pattern

Sewing TutorialsDiana Cison

All Sew Cute patterns are available for instant download into a PDF file which you can download and print immediately. Here is some direction on how to print, assemble and download your pattern.

HOW TO PRINT YOUR PDF PATTERN

All PDF sewing patterns purchased from Sew Cute Patterns print on standard paper sizes and all pattern pieces are drawn full scale which makes printing easy peasy!  There is no need to shrink nor enlarge.

  • Printers vary across the board, but look out for setting options to “print at actual size” or “scale 100%”.

  • Turn the “two-sided printing” option off, so your pattern only prints on one side of the paper.

HOW TO ASSEMBLE PDF SEWING PATTERNS

Most of the pattern pieces print on one page so you just need to print and cut.  Some pattern pieces are too large to print on only one page so they need to be cut and then taped together. These pattern pieces are labeled with letters at the points where the pieces need to be taped together so you will use the letter as your guide.  Simply match up the letters on the two pattern pieces and tape together along the dashed lines.  You will tape them together before you get started using scotch tape.

HOW TO TRACE PDF SEWING PATTERNS

Some beginner level patterns need to be traced and some just need to be cut.  Either way, you will simply pin your pattern pieces to the fabric after they've been taped together and start tracing or cutting.

Your pattern prints on paper so if you find regular paper too thick to pin to the fabric, you can also trace the paper onto tissue paper or baking paper and pin that to the fabric.

Sources of Supplies

Sewing TutorialsDiana Cison

Here are some suggestions on where to purchase materials needed for your Sew Cute projects.  Don't forget to check your local craft and fabric stores.  Jo-Ann Fabrics has an email sign up for weekly coupons.

For fabric, sewing supplies, craft supplies, polyester stuffing (fiberfill), fabric markers

Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores www.joann.com 

Michaels Stores Inc. www.michaels.com

For fabric, sewing supplies

J & O Fabric Center www.jandofabrics.com

Hancock Fabrics www.hancockfabrics.com

For animal eyes and notions

Sunshine Discount Crafts www.sunshinecrafts.com

BJ's Craft Supplies www.bjcraftsupplies.com

Craft Bits www.craftbits.co.uk

For yarn

Lion Brand Yarn www.lionbrand.com

Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores www.joann.com 

Michaels Stores Inc. www.michaels.com

For google eyes, buttons, beads, plastic jewels, fabric markers, glitter glue pens

Oriental Trading www.orientaltrading.com

For fabric markers, fabric paints, polyester stuffing (fiberfill), yarn

Walmart www.walmart.com

Flannel cotton and fleece fabric work best for soft toys because of their softness.  Here are some stores which carry an adorable selection of both.

Joann Fabric http://www.joann.com/fabric/


Fabric.com
https://www.fabric.com/


Fabric Depot
https://www.fabricdepot.com/


Harts Fabric
http://www.hartsfabric.com/


Hobby Lobby
http://www.hobbylobby.com/Fabric-Sewing/Flannel-Fleece-Fabric/c/6-135

Michael's http://www.michaels.com/fabric/flannel-and-fleece-fabric/853466478


Walmart https://www.walmart.com/browse/party-occasions/fabric/2637_667479_4232946

Starting and Finishing a Stitch

Sewing TutorialsDiana Cison

Sewing lesson:  starting and finishing a stitch

When you sew there is a starting and ending point.  Have you ever had the seam start to unravel or the thread come loose?  Stitching a few stitches backward when you start and finish the stitch will secure the beginning and end of your stitch to prevent this.

How to properly start and finish a stitch

Simply start your stitch about 1/2″ ahead of where you would normally start.  Then sew in reverse to the end of the fabric and sew forward as usual.  When you get to the end of the stitch, sew in reverse about 1/2″.

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Seams

Sewing TutorialsDiana Cison

What is a seam?  

A seam is the "line" where two or more layers of fabric are held together with stitches.  Sew cute pattern always have a plain seam.  This is the most common type of machine-sewn seam.  It joins two pieces of fabric together face-to-face by sewing through both pieces, leaving a seam allowance.

Some patterns will have a seam allowance built into the pattern page, some won't.  If the pattern tells you to cut the pattern leaving a 1/4" seam, you will cut leaving about 1/4" of fabric after the pattern ends.

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How to Sew a Button

Sewing TutorialsDiana Cison

How to Sew a Button

Supplies:

  • Fabric

  • Button

  • Small scissors

  • Thread

  • Hand sewing needle

  • Marking tool or pencil

Step 1:

Thread the needle by looping the thread through the eye of the needle, then cutting at the end so there are two lengths of thread. Knot the ends of the two threads together.

Step 2:

Using a marking tool or pencil, mark the spot on the right side of the fabric where the button is to be sewn.

Step 3:

Insert the needle into the right side of the fabric at the mark. Do not insert to the wrong side of the fabric, rather go in and out at the dot so you remain on the right side of the fabric.

Your knot and thread and needle should all the on the right side of the fabric.

STEP 4:

Insert the needle into the button, passing from the underside up through the button.

STEP 5:

Place the button on the spot it is to go, then insert the needle into the opposite hole on the button. Sink the needle directly next to the thread hiding under the needle and pass through to the underside. Continue going through all of the eyes of the needle from side to side, and from the right side of the fabric to the wrong side of the fabric until the button is secure.

STEP 6:

Once the button is sewn tight, pass up through the eye of the button so your needle and thread are on the right side of the fabric. Insert the needle into the other eye of the button, only going through the button and not through the fabric.

The thread should now be coming out from under the button as pictured:

STEP 7:

Insert the needle into the fabric, directly under the button.

STEP 8:

Pull the threads, leaving a loop of thread.

STEP 9:

Insert the needle through the loop and pull the threads tight to form a knot that is now hidden under the button. Repeat if necessary to secure the threads.

STEP 10:

Clip the thread under the button just after the knot formed in step 9.

Done!

The underside of your button sewing is free of all knots.

And the button on the right side is perfectly sewn!

Sewing a Dart

Sewing TutorialsDiana Cison

What is a dart?

Darts are basically wedge shapes that give your plush toy the shape they need at certain places.  They are marked on the pattern pages and very easy to stitch.

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Darts are composed of a base, legs, fold and dart point.  

  • The base is the widest part of the dart, where most fabric comes together.

  • Dart legs are the stitching lines, and should be equal in length.

  • The dart point is the end of the dart.

How to stitch a dart:

With the fabric right sides together, fold the dart so the legs are aligned.

Begin at the widest part of the dart and stitch toward the point.

Cut the dart when cutting the fabric

Cut the dart when cutting the fabric

Fold over with fabric right sides together and pin along the legs of the dart

Fold over with fabric right sides together and pin along the legs of the dart

Stitch together along the seam. Remove pins as you stitch.

Stitch together along the seam. Remove pins as you stitch.

Finished!

Finished!

Clipping Inward Seams

Sewing TutorialsDiana Cison

Clipping inward (or curved) seams.

The fabric around necklines, under the arms, between the legs, etc require an additional step in the seaming process called clipping.

For inward or concave curves, clip into the seam allowances at regular intervals to allow the fabric to spread and lie flat.  Clipping simply means cutting a slash into the fabric all along the curve.  This will prevent the fabric from "bunching up" after you reverse right side out.

For example, this teddy bear has curved seams between the arms and legs.  Snipping these seams will allow the fabric to lie flat when you reverse it right side out.

Types of Stitches

Sewing TutorialsDiana Cison

Hand stitches are used in the making of soft toys and stuffed animals.  Here are some basic hand stitches you may need in the toy making process.

 

Ladder Stitch

A ladder stitch is used to stitch an opening closed.  A gap is left open so that the plush toy can be stuffed. It can also be used to attach parts to the soft toy. 

The first step in the ladder stitch is to hide your knot. To do this, send your needle up from underneath the folded edge of the seam and pull until the knotted end of your thread is nicely concealed inside the folded crease of the seam.

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Backstitch

Backstitch creates a continuous line so it's ideal for creating facial features, like a smile or eyebrows.

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Chain Stitch

Chain stitch is great for creating thicker lines, perfect for facial features as well, like a smile or eyebrows if you'd like them to be thicker.

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Running Stitch

A running stitch can be used to sew a pleat in a skirt.

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Satin Stitch

Satin stitch is useful for filling in small areas with embroidery.  First backstitch around the outside edge of the shape and then satin stitch over the stitching.

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French Knot

The double-wrap french knot creates a prominent raised dot, which is used for adding a center to some of the toy's pupils.

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Cross Stitch

Cross stitch is used as an alternative to the french knot to add a twinkling center to some of the toy's pupils.

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Blanket Stitch

This edging stitch is used to secure appliqued fabric pieces, such as outer eyes and pupils.

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Whipstitch

A whipstitch can be used to stitch the outer edge of the fabric.  The fabric must be the type that won't fray, such as felt of fleece.

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