20+ Fun Stuffed Animal Patterns That Are Easy to Make

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In this post, you will find over 20 fun stuffed animal patterns for all skill levels.

Stuffed animal patterns are great fun to follow along with. They range from simple patterns that can be made by children, to more complex patterns which need plenty of sewing experience.

Stuffed Animal Patterns

Whichever pattern you choose to make, you can be sure that your stuffie will be loved by kids everywhere.

You also don’t need loads of supplies and time to whip one of these adorable animals up.

Plush animals make the sweetest handmade gifts, ones that will be treasured for years to come and perhaps even passed down from generation to generation.

In this roundup, you’ll find twenty of my favorite free stuffed animal patterns, from cats and turtles to owls and rabbits!

Hopefully, you’ll find something that you can’t wait to make.

20 Sweet Stuffed Animal Patterns

Stuffed Animal Patterns

Take your pick from these adorable stuffies, and choose one to make for someone special in your life.

I've included a range of patterns to suit beginners and expert sewers, so hopefully you won't be short of coices .

Top Tips for Stuffed Animal Patterns

  • If you’re making your first stuffed animal, start with an easy pattern that uses just a couple of pieces of fabric (a front and a back) with no fiddly bits to add on.
  • The amount of stuffing you add to your stuffed animal will determine how firm or soft the finished stuffie is. Think about whether you want the animal to be able to stand up on its own (if so, it’ll need to be firmly stuffed) or whether you want it to be floppy and cuddleable.
  • Most stuffies are sewn inside out and then turned the right side out when you’re ready to stuff them. At this stage, double-check for any holes so you can fix them up before stuffing the animals. Tiny holes will soon open up, especially if you’re firmly stuffing your animal.
  • Cut all the sections of the pattern neatly. How neatly you cut the individual sections of the pattern will determine how neat your finished stuffie will look.
  • I’d recommend washing any fabric you want to use before cutting and sewing. Some fabrics will shrink in the wash, and it’s almost guaranteed if you’re making a plush for a child, that it will need washing at some point – you don’t want all your hard work to go to waste when a shrunken and squished teddy comes out of the washing machine!
  • Add a label to your handmade stuffie to make sure people know where it came from!

Frequently Asked Questions

How do you enlarge a stuffed animal pattern?

If you’ve found a fun pattern that’s not quite the right size for what you want to make, you can easily enlarge the stuffed animal pattern before printing it.

If your pattern is already on a computer, open Word or a similar program and insert the pattern as an image. Make sure the image is set to ‘maintain the aspect ratio.’ This means when you make the image larger, it’ll adjust the height and the width proportionally.

This is essential because you don’t want to alter the ratio – this could lead to a very tall, or overly chunky animal!

If your pattern isn’t on a computer, scan it in and complete the process above.

How do you sew a hole in a stuffed animal?

When you finish sewing your stuffed animal, you’re usually left with a small hole that you need to stitch by hand. The best way to close these holes is to use to use straight stitches, from side to side.

Start off on the top piece of fabric, insert your needle into the line of the seam allowance, and bring the needle back through the same piece of fabric a few mm away from where you first inserted the needle.

Then repeat this on the bottom piece of fabric. Repeat on the top, and then the bottom piece of fabric, you’ll notice a ladder of stitches forming. When you’ve finished, you can pull the stitches tight.

I hope you’ve found the perfect free stuffed animal sewing pattern. Which one do you love the most?

I’d love to hear from you if you decide to make any of these plush toys! Do let me know!