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How to make a Plushpuppie (Stuffed with Love)

September 30, 2010

You will need:

  • paper for pattern
  • paper scissors
  • fabric scissors
  • fabric for body, ears, eyes & nose
  • transparent plastic for window (the kind used for tablecloths & cafe chairs)
  • red felt for heart
  • cotton for hand or machine stitching
  • embroidery cotton for details
  • needle for hand stitching
  • sewing machine (optional)
  • embroidery needle
  • pins
  • stuffing
  • chopstick & tweezer for turning him right way around & stuffing
  • love

Print pattern.  Cut paper pattern.

This pattern is for a 15cm (5.9″) tall plushpuppie (to the top of his head not including his ear).  I will upload the 20cm (7.9″) pattern just as soon as I get a chance.

Draw pattern pieces onto fabric.  Window (small circle) is drawn only on front.  Two body pieces are mirrored.  Cut fabric.

Pin window lining to front body (right side of fabric = front).  Stitch on inside (red) line.  Cut through lining & front fabric 5mm inside stitching.  Snip seams close-ish to stitches.  Turn lining to back.  Pin.  Tack.  Pin plastic to wrong (back) side of front body.  Stitch close to edge (blue line).

Stitch nose down close to edges.  Eyes:  stitch iris down onto white through front body with 2 diagonal stitches each.  Optional – secure white with tiny hand stitches (best if intended for child).  Embroider details.  Surface details should be completed before assembly of body.

Pin front to back, right sides of fabric facing each other.   Mark ear placement with pins – you will need to leave gaps in the seam to insert ears.  Stitch body pieces together, leaving gaps for ears & a place to insert stuffing (a straight edge is best).  Snip rounded seams at right andles to cut edge close-ish to stitching.  Snip diagonal lines into corners close-ish to stitching.

Stitch front & back of each ear togther, right sides of fabric facing each other – leave a gap for stuffing.  Turn right side out.  Stuff with stuffing using a chopstick, bits at a time.  Pin & tack closed.  Insert into body facing into the body  (the opposite direction to what they will face when you turn the body right side out).  Pin & stitch into seam.

Woohoo!  Now for turning him right side out.  With a tweezer through his stuffing gap, grab onto an ear & ease it out.  Then the other ear.  Then start easing the rest of him out.  The plastic will wrinkle up a bit but it’s ok, it will come out fine.  Use a tweezer to pull out appendage bits from the outside & a chopstick to push them out from the inside & to ease all the seams into place.

Yay!  He is nearly finished!  Now just to stuff him – with love.

I usually ask Jean, “Would you like to stuff (current plushie)?”  And he almost always says, “Sure!”  He loves to stuff them, to give them shape & life.  Haha, I love that he loves doing it.

Stuff with bits at a time.  You will be amazed how much stuffing you will fit in.  Use a chopstick to get stuffing into corners & ends.  When he is nearly almost stuffed, when his tummy is stuffed, insert the heart with a tweezer.  Tidy stuffing & loose threads around his heart with tweezer or chopsticks.  Stuff last bit in.  Pin & hand stitch closed.  Another Stuffed with Love Plushpuppie is born!

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9 Comments leave one →
  1. cheridene permalink
    September 30, 2010 7:45 pm

    yay !!! i love your plushies!!!

  2. October 6, 2010 4:27 pm

    Thanks for the tutorial, he’s so cute!

    • October 6, 2010 4:29 pm

      You are so welcome! If you make a plushpuppie I would love to see pictures. 🙂

  3. Christine permalink
    October 13, 2010 2:21 pm

    They are gorgeous! Imagine a Basset plushie with long ears…lol

  4. October 14, 2010 2:22 pm

    I cannot even begin to tell you how much I love this plushie! It makes me want to call out sick from work and dust off my sewing machine right now!

    • October 14, 2010 2:29 pm

      Wow! thank you SO much. I am so happy you like him. If you make one, please send me pics. The pattern is for a 15cm plushpuppie (without ears). The one in the photo is 20cm. Let me know if you want the bigger pattern. Or just scale it up yourself to the size you want. Dust off your sewing machine. 🙂 Alternatively, they will be available for sale soon. Love, V

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