Stuffed animals make great Valentine's Day presents. But you can make them even better by just added a couple of magnets. If you place a small magnet inside the mouths of a pair of stuffed animals, they will pull towards each other and kiss whenever they are close to each other. This is a simple project that just takes a few minutes. It is great for people who are just learning to sew.
So here is how to make magnetic kissing stuffed animals.
Step 1: Materials
Two Stuffed Animals
Two Strong Magnets
Seam Ripper (or sharp knife)
Step 2: Select a Pair of Stuffed Animals
Step 3: Select a Pair of Magnets
Step 4: Open the Seam in the Back of the Stuffed Animal
Start by locating the seam. Use your fingers to separate the fibers. Look for a line where the fabric comes together. After exposing the seam, try to find the threads that are holding it together. Insert the seam ripper into the seam so that the center blade goes over one of the threads. Gently apply pressure until the seam ripper cuts through the thread. You may now be able to use the dull part of the seam ripper to pull the threads out of the seam. If not, continue cutting threads until there is an opening in the seam that is large enough for your magnet. Do this for both stuffed animals.
Step 5: Insert the Magnets into the Mouth of Each Stuffed Animal.
Step 6: Test the Stuffed Animals to Make Sure That the Magnets are Positioned Properly
If the magnets aren't quite strong enough to work, you can add additional magnets behind the first one to make them stronger.
Step 7: Close the Seam of Each Stuffed Animal
Once this point is secure, you can begin stitching the two sides back together. There are a lot of different stitch patterns that you can use for this. I just used a simple spiral that goes back and forth between the two sides as it goes up the seam.
Then when you have gone a little past the other end of the opening, pull the thread tight. This should tightly pull the two sides together. Lastly anchor this side by making several small loops through the fabric.
If you would like some tips on improving your sewing skills, you can check out the "Learn to Sew" collection. "How to Sew" is particularly good.
Step 8: Finished Magnetic Kissing Stuffed Animals
If you use magnets that will corrode in water, then you should not put them in a washing machine. Carefully spot clean any areas that get dirt.