I just love creating things for my kids–especially when I know that my little creations will be loved and treasured. Perhaps this is why I have gotten into making plushies lately. In case “plushie” is a new term for you, a plushie is a little creature, usually handmade, that is stuffed, soft and ready to be loved. My latest plushie is this felt fish.
I made this for my kids who are little fish in the summertime. We basically live at the beach right now and when it’s time to leave, I basically have to pull them out of the water. They are most definitely fish!
Supplies needed to make your own felt fish:
- Embroidery Thread
- Felt Fish Template (printed on regular computer paper)
- Clear Tape
- Sharp Scissors
First, use the link above to download and print the felt fish pattern. The pattern is to scale, so as soon as you have it downloaded hit print.
Next, it’s time to cut out the pieces needed for this plushie.
To get the most accurate cut when working with felt, I highly recommend using clear tape instead of pins. Here’s how you do it. First, cut out the template shape. Next, select the color of felt that you will be using for that piece and cut a piece of felt roughly bigger than you will need. Grab your clear tape and tape the template piece directly to the felt, taping over the top of the template piece. Finally, using your sharp scissors cut around the template shape.
Sew down the face, tail, fin and eye with a simple running stitch. I chose to stitch down these parts with a bright pink thread, just for a little added fun!
Now, it’s time to stitch these 2 fish together to make one lovable plushie!
Begin stitching around the base of your fish with a blanket stitch. If you need a little more instruction on the blanket stitch, which is a great stitch for so many projects, check out THIS TUTORIAL AND VIDEO. Start at the bottom, slightly off center and stitch around until there is only about a 3 inch opening.
Finally, complete the blanket stitch and sew back through your stitches to secure.
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Nancy is the play-at-home mom of 3 little ones, ages 3 and under. When she gets a chance she blogs at dosmallthingswithlove.com about the intersection of motherhood and creativity. She has a special passion for embroidery, something she has been doing and experimenting with since she was a girl. A farm girl at heart, she now lives in Minneapolis and enjoys gardening, reading, stitching, traveling and painting. Most any day you can find her with a baby on her hip, barefoot, chasing her kids around the yard and eating beans fresh out of the garden.