Stuffed-Animal Headphones





Introduction: Stuffed-Animal Headphones

This will show you how to make a quick (10-minute), cuddly audio accessory out of a pair of cheap headphones and two small stuffed animals. Not much in the way of skills is necessary.

Your friends and acquaintances will coo with delight!

Step 1: Procure the Supplies.

What you will need:

-One pair cheap headphones (mine were of the 5-dollar Amtrak variety, I believe), preferably small-ish with removable foam ear discs, although this is not a necessity.

-Two stuffed animals. You want these to be medium-small and (preferably) cheap. I don't want you cutting into any Steiff bears, now. You'll save yourself loads of time if the animal has a seam up it's back. You can find them in places like drugstores and five-and-dimes.

-Seam ripper

-Needle and thread

-Quality Music

-Fabric glue (optional. I didn't use any, but it's up to you.)

Step 2: Un-Suture the Poor Bastards.

Use the seam ripper to tear through that handy back-seam, pulling out cut threads as you go. If you didn't get an animal with a back-seam, well, shame on you. In this case, I would suggest you make a very neat, straight cut along where the back-seam would be if it had one (down the middle of the toy's back). You don't necessarily need to undo the whole seam, just enough to fit the earpiece of the headphone in. Remember to take care and make it neat, because you're going to have to sew it all back up again in a moment. If your stuffed animal seems ill-at-ease, reassure it with a comforting pat on the head and tell it, in soothing tones, that everything will be all-right.

Repeat for second animal.

Step 3: Insert the Earpiece.

First of all, check to see a) how thick each animal's "fur" is, and b) what kind of earpiece you are dealing with. For example, my earphones had a kind of hard, thin, plastic cup around the speaker itself. Not something I would want jabbing into my head. The tan-colored bear had thin-ish "fur", so when I inserted the earpiece I left the foam disc on. The koala, however, had very thick "fur", so as to avoid muffling of the sound I took the foam disc off. Due to the thickness of the "fur" I thankfully could not feel the speaker inside.
But anyway, insert the speaker, noisy-side up (meaning facing the back of the animal). This is where some glue could come in handy, but again, I didn't need any.

Step 4: Stitch It Back Up.

Use you needle and thread to sew up the back-seam (I used a simple whipstitch), adjusting the earphone as necessary as you go. Leave the wire hanging out of the bottom of the seam and the connector for the earphones (the "headband" part) out of the top. Again, glue?
Do it neatly, and don't try to make the "scar" too big. That won't feel very pretty on tender ears.

Repeat for both earphones.

Step 5: Plug in Your Freshly-Minted Plush Headphones and Jam.

May I suggest some nice theatre organ music?

And have fun! I would welcome any feedback, and if you do decide to do this project, I would love to know how it turns out!




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    Hi, im curently making my first fur suit and bumped into your channel. I just wanted to say nice project and how are you so prettay?

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    These are awesome! I should make a variation on these. If I do I will post.

    Thank you so much! You should make some... I would love to see them! :D


    I've already got some plans. I have a few panda things (WOOO! PANDAS!!) that would work quite well. The only problem is that I have to find them again. They are somewhere in the roiling collection of random objects that fill my bedroom.

    no they are. not tiger's are

    pandas are the coolest anmials ever. i went to d.c. to see them. i was also thinking of panda headphones. i have like 10 stuffed anmials on my dresser. 5 are pandas. the others are, a coke bull from argentina, a coke wolf from romania(not really from those places), a baboon, a penguin, and barqy the barqs rootbeer dog. and for some random information i also have a snickers shelf full of candy 3 empty snapple bottles.

    A friend of mine has his entire room done up in pandas. Stuffed pandas, panda figurines, kung fu panda movie and video game boxes, enjoi brand skate products, a small panda fountain. The whole room is coated in pandas. When we were filming there one day we were doing a serious scene where another friend of ours had to walk in from his room to the room where we were filming and he kept coming out the door laughing because he kept seeing the pandas.

    Oooo, pandas! Bonus!! Haha kind of sounds like my bedroom, that looks like an antique store 'sploded.