This is another great one for using up your scraps of fabric. These adorable turtles look really sweet in one color palette of various shades, but I bet they'd also look cute in completely random colors!
Be careful ... once you've made one of these, you might be tempted to make a whole family!
The pattern is also available to download, although Ellen from The Long Thread added the heart on last minute, so that's not part of the pattern - it would be easy enough to add on though! You could also switch up the button eyes for glass eyes.
This little guy is one of my favorites out of all the stuffed animal patterns! He was designed to be a friendly Godzilla. He does take longer to make than the other stuffies you'll find here, around 8 hours.
Plush dinosaurs always make the perfect addition to a child's room. If you're looking for a quicker make, you could always make the wings and spikes from felt instead of individually sewing each one.
Another cute owl, this one with wings! I love the huge eyes, and beak too.
This stuffie is very simple to make and is so quick and easy to make that you could make a whole bunch of them as gifts or for party favors for an animal themed birthday party! Why not also make little scrap fabric bags to put them in?
This is a really clever, quick and easy way to make a stuffed animal. If you have an old t-shirt with a picture of an animal on it, simply cut around the picture (making sure you cut the back of the t-shirt too), and sew the two pieces together.
This is a great idea if your child really loves a t-shirt that they have outgrown!
This bear was designed for people who want to make stuffies for charity, with a few aims in mind. Firstly, it had to be easy to make, and secondly, he had to be a good huggable size! Talking of huggable, I imagine this would look extra cute in faux fur.
This cute pattern certainly meets those aims, and Charity Bear is one of the most forgiving patterns I've included in this roundup. His features don't need to be perfectly placed. In fact, it makes him even more endearing if they are a little wonky!
Is there anything cuter than a Koala? Sew up one of these sweeties even if you're a beginner by following these easy step-by-step instructions.
I love how easy it is to work with felt, as it doesn't stretch too much, and holds its shape well. This website also has some other felt animal patterns, so you could whip up a few to make a zoo! A group of these would make such great gifts.
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!
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!