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Do any of you sew plushies? I know there is a huge plushie craze going on right now, but if you know me, you know I wanted to try one that was simple. I like to sew things that are quick, but come out adorable! (I have 2 kids and my only time to sew is when they nap or are at school, so I have to make the most of my time - don't you?) Well I created a tutorial to share with you today to make a plushie. Even if it's your first try - you can do it! With some fabric and any embellishments you like, you can make a precious fish plushie in about 10 minutes. Make one or two today. They even float! My kids had a ball playing with them in the pool, scooping them up with nets, tossing them as far as they could and racing to see who could get it first - these were a hit!
How to Sew a Fish Plushie
1. Gather materials:
fun fabric, a button for an eye, pins, scissors, a fish outline and poly-fill.
*You can find a fish outline like the one above by CLICKING HERE.
*I saved the image and inserted it into a document. Enlarged it and printed it. The bigger, the better, so it is easier for stuffing.
4. Embellish the front and back as you wish. Example: You can add a button nose, ric-rac stripes, ribbon strips coming off the back fin...etc. (Note: small buttons and embellishments could be a choking hazard for young children/babies. Make sure they are sewed securely or leave them off. Let the fabric be the focal point.)
6. Sew around the border of your fish using a 1/4 inch seam allowance. STOP SEWING 2 or 3 inches before your starting point to leave room for the filling. (I left the tail open.)
10. You did it!
Here's the EASIEST way to sew a fish plushie...
3. With the WRONG SIDES of your fish together (you are looking at the right side of your fabric), sew all the way around the fish using a 1/8 inch seam allowance but STOP SEWING 2 or 3 inches before your starting point.
4. Stuff with poly-fill and sew your hole closed.
*I have even washed and dried these fish and it did not fray since I sewed as close to the edge as I could.
This fish plushie was the perfect fit for his fishing net, too!
What a great catch!
*After the kids got out the pool they squeezed out the water from their plushies and we tossed them into the dryer. I wondered if we would find a whole bunch of fluff in our dryer from the poly-fill, but they were both in one piece and the buttons were still in tact.
That means more fishing adventures tomorrow!
I hope you enjoy this tutorial!