Whether your little one is off to their first day of school, first play date, or first dentist appointment there are bound to be some nerves (heck, even if their outing isn’t a “first” sometimes little bodies have BIG feelings!) Taking along a stuffed animal – or softie – can be just the soothing thing to help your little one feel brave in the face of fear. Plus the basic sewing skills they will learn can help boost self-confidence – hooray!
You Will Need
What To Do
With your chosen fabric folded in half, right-sides together, use the fabric marker to draw some shapes. You’ll need a body, two legs, two arms and two ears.
Using a scissors, cut through both layers of fabric about a 1/2-inch outside the lines you drew – you’ll have 2 body pieces, 4 arm pieces, 4 leg pieces and 4 ear pieces.
Using your sewing machine and a 1/2-inch seam, sew around the legs, arms and ears leaving one end open. (The end that will attach to the body of the stuffed animal)
Stuff the arms and legs with your stuffing of choice. Just be sure to leave about an inch empty where you’ll attach it to the body.
On the right-side (inside) of one of your body pieces, draw a face using the fabric marker. Better yet, have your little one give you a hand, this task is just right for them!
Now get ready to put it all together! Lay down the blank body piece, right side up. Arrange the arms, ears and legs in their proper positions – this may seem counter-intuitive, but all the limbs need to point to the INSIDE of the softie.
Now, put the second body piece on top (with the face facing all the limbs) and pin! pin! pin!
With your sewing machine, stitch a 1/2-inch seam around the outside of the softie. Leave a 2-3 inch gap in the stitching so you can turn your softie right side out!
Trim the excess from the arms, legs and ears from the interior of your softie, turn it right side out and stuff!
Close up your softie with your machine (quick and fast!) or with a bit of hand-stitching (far more elegant!), whatever works for you!