Floppy Turtle Plush Toy




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Introduction: Floppy Turtle Plush Toy

About: I am a freelance model maker and plush designer living in greater London. Visit my blog for more crafty stuff www.alittlestranger.com

I designed this plushie in homage to Joe Ledbetter's awesome Gamerita vinyl toy.

He is a fun project that requires a bit of confidence on a sewing machine, but the pictures should help you through the tricky bits!!

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Step 1: You Will Need:

Buy the pattern here for $4.50

a) Fleece
b) felt
c) Stuffing
d) Black embroidery thread

e) Scissors
f) Marker pen
g) Pins
h) Funnel
i) Thread
j) Lentils or split peas, the finer the better.

Also: Thin cardboard to plastic, the lid of a large butter tub or a ceral box
  • 5 x 1/2 inch cone studs
  • Green PVC
  • Small black beads (i recommend ones slightly larger than seed beads or they make look too small)
  • 35mm plastic bear joint.
(I appreciate that these bits aren't stuff you've got laying about if you're not a big time sewer, i've put them together as a kit in my etsy shop. Contains pattern, swivel joint, cone studs, PVC fabric (for the shell) and black beads)

Buy the pattern here for $4.50

Step 2: Getting Everything Ready

1) Cut out your pattern

2) Mark out your pattern pieces onto your chosen fleece. Cut everything out.

3) Mark and cut out all your felt pieces, Black for the main eye, white for the highlights and a colour complementing your chosen fleece colour for the toes.

Step 3: Making the Legs

4) Pair up the leg pieces (leave two spare for the neck) and sew each together along the outer side (the longest side) Turn out flat and sew on the toes using a small zigzag stitch. Each foot has one Big toe (on the seam) with a small toe either side. (see image a) Use black embroidery thread to make a little cross halfway up the outer seam. Sew up the inner leg. Pin a foot pad onto each leg and sew around.

5) Sew both the tail pieces together, turn right way out and stuff slightly

6) Use the funnel to put an equal amount of lentils into the foot of each leg, then add a pinch of stuffing to keep the lentils from creeping up. Pin the legs onto the bottom body piece. The longer legs go at the front, with the back legs evenly spaced behind. Pin the tail on, too (See image b)

Tip: you may find it easier at this point to sew the legs and tail in place rather than leave the pins in.

Step 4: Making the Head and Neck

7) Sew the four upper head pieces together, leaving one side open. Fold out flat and Sew on the eye, eye highlight and cheek detail. The eye position is indicated on the pattern, and the cheek detail sits centrally on the seam to the left of the eye (See image c) Use small zig zag stitches to neatly stitch into place (see image d)

8) Use black embroidery thread to mark the eyelid, and a double strand to mark the eyelashes. Sew a black bead nostril either side of the front seam. (See image e)

9) Sew up the seam at the back of the head. Pin on the bottom of the head and sew around leaving a 4cm gap for turning.

10) Place the neck pieces together and sew along both sides. Pin the top neck piece on the larger end and sew on. Make a hole in the centre of the top of the neck and push the joint part through (see image f) Push this into the head and fix on the washer (smaller disk) and the fixing plate (with the smaller hole)

Step 5: Making the Shell

11) Sew the four upper shell pieces together. Place the large shell pattern template on the upper pole of the shell with the pointy ends in between two seams (see image g) Mark each corner point using a dot of pen.

12) Move the template down, mark again. (see image h) Move the template down again, inline with the bottom edge of the shell, and mark again (see image i) Spin the shell 90degrees and mark again. This is where the neck will go.

13) Sew between the dots you've made along the sides of the shell. This will make a zig zag pattern going up and around the shell. Connect the dots where you marked the neck will go. It should look like image j

14) Use the smaller template to mark the tail end (opposite where you marked the neck) Sew around this, too.

15) Your shell should now have a large shell pattern at one end, a smaller one at the other and two bands of zig zags parallel to these. Now sew the horizontal lines (see image k) Also refer to images of the finished turtle if you are unsure.

16) Fit a cone stud in the centre of each shell pattern that runs around the muddle. There will be 5 of them (see image l)

17) Pin the top of the shell to the base, and leaving a small gap for turning

Step 6: Stuffing and Finishing

18) Cut another bottom of head and body piece out of thin cardboard or plastic, this is to stiffen the head and body and keep the shape. Insert them into the appropriate pieces.

19) Stuff the head and sew the gap shut with a neat ladder stitch. Make a little pocket full of lentils out of some scrap felt or fleece (see image m), insert into the body and stuff around it. Sew shut with a neat ladder stitch

20) Mark where the base of the neck will go on the body (see image n) and use a ladder stitch to fix into place.

All done! :D

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    I can't find the pattern on your sites

    I love that you made kits for this one! 

    The face on this little guy is just too cute. ^_^

    1 reply

    i was going to do just a pattern, but all the extra bits would cost fortunes to buy, as you'd have to buy little packs of everything and have a bunch of useless bits left over afterwards. When i started out sewing as a kid i loved those plush kits you got in craft shops, and i wanted to bring that feeling with a grown up kind of vibe to these kits :D

    They're so awesome! I'll have to learn how to sew now.

    Beyond cute.  I love your projects, ma'am.  They are by far some of the strangest, but sweetest projects I have seen.  I look forward to seeing more!