How to Make Homemade Plushies


Plushies are soft, stuffed dolls and animals that come in lots of shapes and sizes. Making your own plushies is a creative do-it-yourself project for experienced and novice sewers, alike. Whether you're making plushie gifts or expanding your own collection, homemade plushies are unique crafts you can completely customize to complement any room.

Things You'll Need

  • Pencil
  • Paper
  • Card stock
  • Paper scissors
  • Fabric
  • Fabric scissors
  • Fabric glue
  • Needle
  • Thread
  • Poly-fil
  • Fabric paint
  • Make a rough sketch of your design idea with pencil and paper. Choose an animal, inanimate object, doll or imaginary creature for your inspiration. Draw the figure in simple geometric shapes and note any details in the design like a smiley face or polka dots.

  • Decide if the seams of your plushie will run down the center of the front and back or down the sides.

  • Draw the figure on card stock from the front or side perspective.

  • Cut out the card stock figure with paper scissors.

  • Trace the card stock figure twice on your chosen fabric using a pencil.

  • Cut out the two identical shapes with fabric scissors. Stack the pieces on top of each other and trim off any excess so the two sides are identical.

  • Glue or stitch details onto the fabric shapes with fabric glue or a thread and needle. For example, if you're making a strawberry plushie, stitch dots in random places over red fabric.

  • Place the two pieces of fabric against each other with the insides facing out. Stitch the sides together leaving about 3 inches open at the bottom.

  • Turn the attached pieces of fabric right-side out. Stuff them with Poly-fil until the plushie is firm and the sides are hard to pull together. Stitch closed the remaining 3 inches of fabric, and knot the thread.

  • Use fabric paint to add small details, such as freckles around a smiley face.

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