I’d like to start by saying that people are amazing. Especially creative people and even more-so sewers and pattern makers! There are so many free stuffed animal patterns out there so I’ve put together a list of some of my favorites below. I’ve even made several of these stuffed animals myself.
30 Free Stuffed Animal Patterns
Get these 30 free stuffed animal patterns with tutorials and get sewing! Stuffed animals can be fun to make and even better to give to someone to squeeze.
Free Stuffed Animal Pattern: The Love Bot
Starting off with my very own (and first ever!) free stuffed animal pattern: The Love Bot. The Love Bot pattern was created based on a drawings from my husband’s sketchbook and came to life as a lovable, huggable creature.
Stuffed Bunny Doll Pattern
These Stuffed Bunny Dolls are so cute! My favorite part about them is that she used an old pair of corduroy pants for the body and some upcycled fabric scraps for the inner ears. Red Ted Art put together an easy to follow pattern and tutorial.
Warren the Charity Bear
Sign me up for 2 piece stuffed animal patterns like Shiny Happy World‘s Warren the Charity Bear. This cuddly teddy bear is quick to make and easy to customize. They also share some tips of stuffing and finishing stitches as well as some inspiration to customize your bear’s face. Shiny Happy World developed this free stuffed animal pattern with the thought in mind to be able to donate.
Sew Cute Textile Whale
This hand-drawn pattern can be downloaded and printed to the scale of your liking. It would be fun to make this whale huge and watch some little kiddos enjoy riding the stuffed whale. *This tutorial is in Russian, hit the translate button in your browser to read it in your preferred language.
Malcom the Dog
Customize your Malcom with different fabrics and neckwear. Wouldn’t this just be adorable in some houndstooth or corduroy?
Carefree Scrap Fabric Cat
Check out this cutie kitten! What a great way to use up some of those fabric scraps and some free time. Sew Toy‘s Bernie the Cat can be customized with different fabrics and faces.
Ferdinand the Frog
I love making stuffed animals out of fleece fabric. Fleece is forgiving, easy to sew, and comfy to snuggle with. Abby with While She Naps shares her free stuffed animal pattern and a perfect tutorial so you can make her plush frog complete with velcro hands and feet and lots of love to give.
Casey the Crab
Another great free pattern from While She Naps, Casey the Crab is a free stuffed animal pattern that’s easy to make and has another easy tutorial to follow. I’d love to make a larger version of this one too.
Free Stuffed Fox Pattern
This is the free stuffed animal pattern that inspired me to start making softie patterns. :) And I’m in love with the idea of making stuffed animals with patterned fabric for a fun look. Thanks to Stitched by Crystal for the inspiration and Free Stuffed Fox Pattern.
Flying Squirrel Pattern
This one is only partially stuffed and it’s perfect! Just a few fabric pieces to cut, a simple stuffed head and tail, a little stitching, some safety eyes and you have yourself Abby Glassenberg‘s Flying Squirrel Softie featured on Wild Olive.
Stuffed Sheep Softie
Ok I know I say “cute” a lot in this post about free stuffed animal patterns, but seriously look at the face on this Sheep Softie by Swoodson Says. I love the idea of enlarging it for a cushion, that would make a great addition to a kids room. Best of all: this pattern is just 1 sheet of paper to print and cut, that’s easy!
Beginner Butterfly Softie
Another simple stuffed animal pattern by Sew Mama Sew, this Butterfly softie is perfect for beginner sewers.
DIY Lochness Monster Pattern
You’ve probably seen this Lochness Monster by We Lived Happily Ever After all over Pinterest. And you should because it’s awesome and people love it. And I imagine that kids do to. I know I sure loved my oversized stuffed animals, they were the protectors of the land and made great pillows!
It wouldn’t be fair if I didn’t include a free stuffed animal pattern from Martha Stewart. And of course she upcycled a argyle wool sweater to make this sweet stuffed pig. Thanks for the free pattern Martha!
Mr. Ted Softie
This was one of the first softies I’d ever made as part of my 3 Easy Stuffed Animals. I like him because he’s so modern and of course easy to make. Craft Schmaft shares a great pattern and easy to follow tutorial.
Little Stuffed Pup
This Little Stuffed Pup by Woman’s Day is such a cheerful little guy. This is another one I’d make at about 400% scale and in corduroy.
Stuffed Fabric Turtles
I might be biased on this one because I had a stuffed turtle made by my Mom. These guys would make the perfect giant floor pouf for a kids room or a tiny pin cushion for a craft room. Make It & Love It created a great tutorial with pictures.
These classic Teddy Bear’s by How Joyful need to be hugged and loved by someone special. Joy notes that this tutorial is not for beginners but I disagree because she gives very thorough instructions to make her pattern that any sewer can handle.
YoYo Plush Dog
This has got to be one of the cutest plush toys I’ve seen. The yoyos allow it to be moved and positioned in all sorts of fun ways. Of this list of free stuffed animal patterns, this one has the most pieces to cut and sew but the yoyos are the same thing repeated so it’s easy to get the hang of. I love how Craft Passion used corduroy for the hear, ears, and little tail plus the shoes laces are the perfect touch.
The sweet little Studio Pup by Cathe of Just Something I Made is just waiting to be cuddled. She used minky sherpa fabric and filled it with dried barley to give it some weight. Reminds me of a certain little pup that lived in the shelves of my parents headboard (that was later shred to pieces by a real pup). Follow along with the picture tutorial to make your own Studio Pup.
Doesn’t this guy just make you giggle? That goofy face and round belly are such a fun difference from many stuffed animals. The Raccoon Softie was shared on Sew Mama Sew and created by LeIr of ikatbag as part of her Menagarie collection.
Polar Bear Softie
This one is definitely towards the top of the list of favorite softies featured here. It might be the cordoury, it might be the scarf, or it might be because it reminds me of my mom’s collection of Coca-Cola stuffed polar bears. Did your family collect those? Either way, that quirky smile makes me smile.
Another free stuffed animal pattern from While She Naps, this Circle Bird is made with fleece and filled with poly pellets. She even added a little blush to the cheeks. I imagine an Easter basket filled with these chicks.
Louise the Lovable Ladybug Pillow
This stuffed ladybug by Sew 4 Home might be my favorite on this list of free stuffed animal patterns! The pattern pieces and steps are a bit longer and more involved but the outcome is soooo worth it. The final result is a 15″ x 17″ ladybug ready to be loved.
Playful Stuffed Crocodile
This stuffed crocodile by Sew 4 Home is so creative. I love the use of Minky Dot Fleece to create the crocodile’s texture and rick-rack for the teeth. This large stuffed animal begs to hang out on a kids bed, the perfect body pillow.
DIY Stuffed Balloon Animals
This has got to be one of the most innovative stuffed animal ideas I’ve seen. And you get to practice your balloon animal tying skills while you’re at it. Someone commented that this totally made their day and I agree! Thanks Little Inspiration for the inspiration. :)
Free Sea Turtle Sewing Pattern
This plush sea turtle pattern was created from my baby sea turtle costume. It works great with fleece fabric and is a nice large size for loving and playing.
Tips for Using These Free Stuffed Animal Patterns
Stuffed Animal Eyes
After I created my first stuffed animals (for toddlers) with button eyes, I instantly realized my mistake. Safety eyes, felt eyes, or embroidered eyes are a great option over using buttons. Sew Mama Sew gives some good advice on stuffed animal eye options, click here to read more.
Stuffed Animal Fabrics
Find great advice from Sew4Home about sewing with plush fabric for stuffed animals. Read more about it here.
More tips from Sew Mama Sew on working with plush fabric. Click here to learn.
I love using fleece for my stuffed animals, here are some great tips and tricks that I use. Read more.
Filling Stuffed Animals
Sew4Home shares some great tips about choosing filling, tools for filling, and how to stuff pillows and stuffed animals for a perfect outcome without lumps. Find out more here.
Thanks to all the sewists featured that create and share their free stuffed animal patterns! Have you made any of these? Comment below with your favorites. And make sure to give a shout-out to the pattern creators, I’m sure they’d all appreciate seeing how your turned out. :)