Introduction: How to Create a Soft Toy From Embroidery
It's easy to create a small stuffie from an embroidered design. These are perfect for little ones as there are no buttons or loops to get caught on their little fingers.
To create your own personal stuffie you'll need:
- Embroidered design
- Backing fabric
- Removable pencil or marker (I like to use Frixion pens)
- Ruler or measuring tape
- Polyester fibrefill or other stuffing
- Scissors or pinking shears
- Sewing machine
- Needle and thread
Step 1: Choose an Embroidery
Choose or create a hand embroidered item to use in making your soft toy. Make sure that you have lots of additional fabric around the stitched design. I've chosen a platypus that was designed and stitched by my daughter. I thought it would make the perfect stuffie!
Step 2: Choose a Backing
Choose fabric to make the back of your soft toy. For this stuffie, I've chosen a vintage fabric in shades of orange - to match the bill of the platypus. Have fun and choose fabric that matches the look of your embroidered design.
Step 3: Decide on the Size of Your Soft Toy
Decide how large you'd like the final product to be. Then using a ruler or tape measure measure out from the embroidery to this size and mark around the embroidery using a removable marker or pencil. For example, for my platypus, I wanted the final stuffie to be 2" larger all around than the embroidery, so I marked 2" out all around the embroidered design. Connect these marks together around the embroidery for a complete outline.
Step 4: Add the Backing
Take your backing fabric and place it, right sides together, with the embroidered piece. Pin outside the drawn line (to avoid stitching on the pins) to keep the backing and embroidered fabric together. Be sure that your backing fabric extends past the drawn line. You're ready to stitch!
Step 5: Stitch It Together
Using a straight stitch and a shorter stitch length, stitch on the drawn line, leaving a 2 - 3" opening for turning.
Step 6: Trimming
Using scissors or pinking shears, trim the excess fabric away from the stitched line, leaving a 1/4" seam allowance.
Step 7: Seam Allowance
If you've used scissors to trim the excess fabric, it's a good idea to snip up to, but not through, the seam allowance.
Step 8: Trimmed Up
Here is what your design should look like when all the excess fabric has been cut away.
Step 9: Turn Right Side Out
Turn the stuffie right side out through the opening and press out along the inside edges.
Step 10: Stuff and Stitch
Stuff the stuffie with polyester fibrefill. Make sure you get the stuffing into all the corners and pack it in really tight. You'll be surprised how much stuffing your can get into your stuffie :) Make sure it's nice and firm all over before you hand stitch the opening closed.
Step 11: Finished Soft Toy
Enjoy your stuffie and share it with friends.