DIY Felt Stuffed Animals

Posted on: Monday, April 7, 2014

Mar29-24

Today I am super excited to announce that I have partnered with Gymboree for Make it Monday! How great is that?! Start out the week on a good note, right?! Let’s get crafty with our little ones!

Mar29-28

I couldn’t resist pulling out my growing collection of felt for this craft. When I have a little girl who wants to just tear everything apart and can’t manage to rip felt, it’s proven itself in my book to be a super durable material! So what better to make than a felt stuffed animal!

Mar29-25

Supplies needed:

felt
batting
scissors
glue gun
optional: pom pom

Mar29-1

Felt Bunny:

1. First, cut out the shapes. Purple felt: Trace the bunny sketch  onto your main felt. I chose purple felt, but you could really use whatever color you’d like! Drawing the bunny shape is super easy because it’s not about perfection. Draw two circles like you are starting a snowman. Then draw two bunny ears. Cut, trace onto a second piece of felt, and cut out a second identical shape. Pink felt: Also cut out two insides of the ears, a large circle for the belly, and a small circle for the nose area out of another color felt. I chose pink, but you could choose a different color if you’d like. White felt: Cut out two connected loops. Black felt: Cut out two separated loops and a very small circle for the inside of the eyes and the nose.

2. Glue the pieces together. Start at the top of the biggest pieces. Use the glue gun to start gluing the ears together working with about two inches at a time. Once you are done with the ears, move downward along the edges leaving about 3-4 inches open at the bottom. Glue the rest of the shapes in their positions.

3. Stuff with batting.

4. Fold the back side in and then the front over the back and glue.

5. Add the pompom for the tail if desired!

Mar29-2

Felt Chick:

1. Cut out the shapes. White felt: Start out with the cracked egg. Fold a piece of felt in half and trace a half circle with a zigzag line across. Don’t worry about sharp cracked edges. Loopier edges work better with the stuffing later. Cut, trace onto the other half of the felt, and cut out a second identical shape. Yellow felt: Draw a large circle for the head with two loops for the wings. Make the bottom of the yellow a half circle so there is plenty of area to work with when gluing to the white felt. Cut, trace onto a second piece of felt, and cut out a second identical shape. Orange felt: Draw one triangle for the beak. Black felt: Draw two triangles for the eyes.

2. Glue the pieces together. Start with the yellow at the top of the head. Work with about 3 inches at time down the sides of the head. Work up the wing and then back down. Leave the bottom open. Next add in the egg shape. Glue the edge of the egg together and work across the front attaching the white felt to the yellow chick and finish on the other side with the other edge of the cracked egg. Then glue the rest of the white felt (the egg shape) moving downward along the edges and leaving about 3-4 inches open at the bottom. Glue the rest of the shapes in their positions.

3. Stuff with batting.

4. Fold the back side in and then the front over the back and glue.

Mar29-20

And it’s just that easy! I chose to stuff and give to Anabelle as stuffed animals, but if you have toddlers, you could always stop at the batting step and just use them as hand puppets!

Mar29-21

It’s the perfect way to ring in Spring! This was our first weekend here in Ohio that really felt like Spring and we totally loved it!

Buuuut when I took the photoshoot a little too far… This is what I got:

Mar29-22

“Too much, Mommy, too much!”

Happy crafting! Don’t forget to follow Gymboree on Facebook or Pinterest! And if you want any more Make it Monday ideas, they always post the cutest ideas every week here!

Luvv, Leigh B



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