This post was most recently updated on May 28th, 2023
Make your own hippo softie! A simple sewing project for kids using scrap felt and a needle and thread! Such a sweet and simple way to make your own stuffed animal! This is part 1 of a 6-part sewing series for kids. Today we’re making a hippo. In part 2 we’ll make a Corgi puppy so be sure to come back to make one with us!
Looking for more sewing projects for kids? Check out our heart plushie or 10-minute wired headband!
Watch our step by step video!
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Easy Softie Sewing Patterns for Kids
Items you’ll need to have on hand for our Felt Softies:
- felt scraps
- thread (we used embroidery floss)
- hot glue or fabric glue*
- paper to print template for pattern pieces.
Tips for Sewing Softies
- It’s not a great time to be heading to the store to pick up supplies with the government encouraging us to stay at home. That’s ok! Just work with what you have. If you don’t have any stuffing to fill your softie, you can use a sock or even a plastic grocery bag (it’ll sound crinkly!).
- I had a lot of felt scraps left over from previous projects, but not everyone has a stash like mine and that’s totally okay! If you don’t have felt, you can use other fabric scraps. I like using felt or fleece because these types of fabric don’t fray. If you use cotton, the edges will fray, but it will still be a cute softie! These heart plushies are made out of cotton. We cut the fabric out using pinking shears (decorative sewing scissors) which helps the edges not fray.
- You can sew your entire softie or glue your entire softie. It’s up to you. We will be using a combination of sewing and gluing in our step by step photo instructions and video. You still get the cute stitched look, but don’t have to sew every tiny detail on by hand.
- Get creative! Use different colors of felt, add buttons if you’d like—have fun!
*Hot glue dries fast, but fabric glue is easier for kids to work with. If using fabric glue, allow time for drying.
Hippo Softie Sewing Pattern for Kids
You might be wondering why we are starting out our series with a hippo. When school closed for the year we started checking out some of the fun online programs being offered for kids. One that we found were the videos from the Cincinnati Zoo. They do such a great job sharing their animals with the public via Facebook lives and youtube videos. We absolutely fell in love with Fiona, the premature baby hippo that was born a few years ago, and have been watching a video a day to get caught up with her story! It’s definitely worth checking out!
So in honor of Fiona, we bring you this adorable purple and pink hippo softie.
How To Make a Hippo Softie
Hippo Softie Sewing Pattern For Kids
- printable hippo softie template
- felt scraps
- stuffing (polyester fiber fill)
- hot glue or fabric glue
- Cut out hippo softie templates. Pin each template to the felt and cut out the necessary pieces.
- Place the white hippo eye section onto one of the squares. Glue into place using hot glue or fabric glue.
- Pin the nose over the eye section. Glue the teeth under the nose section. Glue the pupils onto the white eye section.
- Thread a needle with a long piece of thread. If using embroidery floss, seperate the strand of floss into two sections (each section will have 3 strings of floss). Use one section for sewing. Tie a knot on the end. Stitch around the nose section. Tie a knot on the back when you are finished and cut the thread.Glue the inner ear pieces to the outer ear pieces.
- Set the face piece to the side. Find the second square and place the ears and feet into place.
- Lay the face over the back square. Add a few pins to keep everything together.
- Thread a needle with a long piece of thread. Stitch around 3 sides of the hippo, leaving one side open. Add a small amount of stuffing.
- Continue to stitch until the opening is closed. Tie a knot in the thread on the back of the hippo and cut the thread.
- Your hippo is complete!
The designs for our animal softies were inspired by this clip art that I found on shutterstock.
Rebecca Hoopes says
Are you going to put up a tutorial for the 2 that you did not do? I really want to make my mom the penguin for Mother’s day/her birthday.
Hi Rebecca! Here you go! https://gluesticksblog.com/penguin-softie-sewing-pattern-for-kids-video/
I work with exceptional children and would love to get updates from your site. This is great for them.