Fabric: Urban Zoologie by Ann Kelle for Robert Kaufman Fabrics
Project design: Erica Jackman
Quick-to-sew soft little critters make perfect playmates for baby. These two softies (along with six others) are easy to make from a fabric panel. You need a printed fabric shape for the front, a lively print for the back, and fiberfill for the inside.
Here’s the whole panel. It’s about 22x44".
The materials given are for eight animal softies. Instructions are for making one.
- One panel (makes 8 animal softies)
- 8—9" squares assorted prints or 2--18x22" pieces (fat quarters) for backing
- Polyester fiberfill
- Water-soluble marking pen
- Chopstick (optional)
Finished hippo: about 8x4"
Measurements include 1/4" seam allowances.
Sew with right sides together unless otherwise stated.
Assemble the Softie
1. Cut out animal print along printed border. With a water-soluble marking pen, draw a line around animal shape about 1/2" from outer edges.
2. With wrong sides together, layer and pin marked animal print and 9" backing square. Cut out layers on marked line.
3. Pin cut shapes with right sides together (printed sides). Using a water-soluble marker, mark a 2" opening along one edge of animal shape.
5. Turn right side out. Stuff hippo shape with fiberfill, using a chopstick to pack filling into small areas.
TIP: Using small “tufts” of polyester makes a smoother finished stuffed softie.
6. Fold unstitched seam allowances to inside; pin in place. Using a needle and thread, stitch opening closed to complete animal softie. (See how to sew a seam closed with invisible stitches here.)