Here's a new use for a beloved old favorite stuffed toy that you child may have outgrown,
or maybe one that's been your favorite! What a unique and easy gift idea for anyone who
is young at heart (and we all still are!)
This is a project that has the potential to appeal to all ages, depending on the stuffed animal that you choose.
This is a minimal sewing project, one that you can even hand stitch if you don't have a machine.
Step 1: Simple Supply List
May need a little extra fiberfill "stuffing"
Stabilizer or thin cardboard -- any stiff material that will bend into a circle. Read directions for more information.
Glue Gun and Glue Sticks
Weighting Pellets -- some stuffed animals already have this inside, which can be reused.
Material for inside lining.
Sewing machine or simple hand sewing supplies.
Lets Get Started!
Step 2: Choose Your Stuffed Animal
Carefully using a seam ripper open up the back seam, from the head to the tail.
Step 3: Remove Stuffing
Step 4: Making the Cavity Wall
Roll your strip into a circle and insert into the opening, here you may need to cut off the stabilizing material a bit so it sticks just above the animals back about 1/4". Also work with the circle strip that you have inserted adjusting and enlarging as to get the maximum hole space, as in photo 3.
Photo 4 shows re- stuffing the body lightly, between the circle and the animal material, to add some shape back to the sides..
Step 5: Fitting the Lining
You will now cut a rectangle that will be large enough to fit down into the cavity. This is a trial and error process.
I started with a 9-1/2 X 15" rectangle.
Fold the material in half so it's 9-1/2 X 7- 1/2, right sides together. Sew both of the 7- 1/2" sides. As in photo 3. You can hand stitch if you don't have a machine.
Place in empty cavity, if it's to large re- sew,( as I did several times!). You only need to reduce the size on one end, (no use making more work than you have too!) and try in the empty cavity again repeat this process until you are satisfied with the fit.
You do want it a little larger as we will sew the bottom seam to make a boxy circle next.
When you have the size reasonably fitted you will press/fold the sewn seam down, right sides together, to match the crease line fold in the bottom of the bag. You will mark & sew a straight line, then will cut the point of the bag off. Do this on both sides of the bag. See photo 4, 5, 6, & 7.
Step 6: View of the Lining Bag
And one from the top. The top may seem too tall but we'll easily fix that in a moment.
Step 7: Step Seven
Next I put a handful of doll weighting pellets down into the cavity for added weight and stability. This is why I glued the circle stabilizer to the bottom of the material so the pellets would stay in place. If you feel that your animal is heavy enough, you may omit the pellets.
Step 8: Step Eight
Remember to leave 1/4 - 1/2 " of stabilizer out of the top of the hole.
Fold the top of the bag down to about the height of the cavity.
Step 9: Final Step!
You can adjust the top as needed for the right height. The inner bag needs to extend about 1/2'' above the stabilizer.
Now turn the bag material down over the top of the stabilizer, like you would turn a sock down, making sure to cover the stabilizer. and the top of the fuzzy material. Hot glue in place to create a clean finished edge. This can be tricky when working with hot glue, take your time and finish cleanly.