Are there any snake fans here? A lot of people find snakes to be kind of creepy, and I used to be one of them. Then we got one as a pet. After reading a lot about snakes and caring for one, I’ve learned that they are really fascinating animals! That’s the inspiration behind this DIY plush snake toy, the chain snake plush with a free sewing pattern and tutorial.
A few months ago, my son, husband, and I had a discussion over dinner about getting an aquarium pet. Since this would be our first non-mammal pet, we started googling “easiest aquarium pets” and went through a list of animals. It didn’t take long for us to decide on getting a corn snake. After a ton of research about the care and needs of a corn snake, our baby snake arrived in the mail. He now lives in a fully bioactive vivarium in our living room. So naturally, my next free plush sewing pattern needed to be a snake.
Meet Ember (or Ember Heart)…our Bloodred Corn Snake
This plush snake sewing pattern is very easy to make for any level of sewist. The pattern pieces can be cut by hand or on a cutting machine (like the Cricut Maker or similar). The body of the snake is made up of fabric chain links, reminiscent of a paper chain. The tip of the tail is another chain link with some contrast stitching. The head with tongue and eyes is made up of two stuffed plush areas and attached to the body with another chain link. The head, tail, and eyes are finished up with some basic embroidery stitches to bring it all together. He’s a very easy plush stuffed animal to make that can be customized to your liking.
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How to Make a Felt Chain Snake
The free plush snake sewing pattern can be sewn completely by hand or both with a sewing machine with a little hand-stitching. The tutorial is written using a sewing machine, any of which can be traded for hand sewing. There are three areas of required hand stitching that I recommend using a contrasting color embroidery thread. Get the free snake plush sewing pattern below and follow along with the tutorial to make your own felt chain snake.
- This pattern is written for use with felt fabric.
- The final snake is about 6.5 feet long.
- The widest part of the snake (the head) is about 5″ wide.
Materials & Tools
- free snake plush sewing pattern (get it below)
- 1/4″ yard felt (color 1)
- 1/4″ yard felt (color 2)
- felt scrap (tongue)
- felt scrap (eyes)
- embroidery thread
- coordinating thread
- basic sewing tools and supplies
Felt Chain Snake Plush Sewing Pattern
– Free printable .PDF sewing pattern and cut list
– Free .SVG sewing pattern pieces
How to Use the Free .PDF Sewing Pattern
The .PDF sewing pattern can be used to cut all fabric pattern pieces by hand. There is also a materials list and cut list included in the .PDF file.
- Download the .PDF sewing pattern file, and open it in Adobe Acrobat. Print at 100%.
- Cut out all paper pattern pieces.
- Assemble the two pieces for both pattern piece A and B by taping them together where indicated.
- Pin the paper pattern pieces onto the felt fabric and trace around the shapes.
- Following the cut list, cut out all pieces.
TIP: The rectangle chain link pieces can be cut using the pattern pieces or by using the measurements, a ruler, and a rotary cutter. I recommend cutting two layers (color 1 and color 2) at the same time and stacking the pieces together.
How to Use the Free .SVG Sewing Pattern Files
The .SVG pattern file can be used in Cricut Design Space or another cutting machine software.
- Download, then import the .SVG file into your cutting machine software.
- Follow the setup instructions for cutting the type of fabric you have chosen for the Chain Snake Plush provided in your software.
This is also included in the .PDF pattern file.
You will need the following pieces cut from felt fabric.
Color 1 = the outer color, Color 2 = the inner color.
- 1 – head A (outer color)
- 1 – head B (outer color)
- 2 – head B (inner color)
- 7 – small links 8″ X 1½” (outer color)
- 7 – small links 8″ X 1½” (inner color)
- 16 – medium links 8½” X 2″ (outer color)
- 16 – medium links 8½” X 2″ (inner color)
- 12 – large links 8½” X 2″ (outer color)
- 12 – large links 9½” X 1½” (inner color)
- 1 – tail (outer color)
- 1 – tail (inner color)
- 2 – eyes A
- 2 – eyes B
- 1 – tongue
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Make the Snake Eyes
Place the Eye B pieces centered into the middle of the Eye A pieces. Pin to hold and sew around the perimeter of Eye B. Set aside.
Make the Plush Snake Head
Starting with Head A, fold the open darts with right sides together so the straight edges align. Pin or clip to hold. Sew with a 1/4″ seam allowance, backstitching at the beginning and end. Repeat with all four darts.
Flip Head A so it creates a domed shape.
Align the edges of Head B (inner color) onto the right side of Head A so the right sides are together. Pin or clip all around the edges to hold.
Starting with a backstitch at one corner of the neck, sew all the way around the curved side with a 1/4″ seam allowance. Stop at the other corner and backstitch. The area at the base of the head will be open for turning and stuffing. Clip the seam allowance at the curves. Turn right side out. This is now the Head Top.
Pin or clip the remaining two Head B pieces (in both colors) right sides together. Starting with a backstitch at one corner at the neck, sew all the way around the curved side with a 1/4″ seam allowance. Stop at the other corner and backstitch. Clip the curves in the seam allowance. Turn right side out. This is now the Head Bottom.
Lightly stuff both the Head Top and Head Bottom. Do not overstuff. The Head Bottom should be nearly flat.
Place the tongue onto the top of the Head Bottom so the short straight edge is aligned with the base of the head/neck. Hand sew in place through just one layer of felt. Set aside the head pieces.
Set aside the head pieces.
How to Make the Felt Chain Links
Make the First Chain Link
You’ll need eight Medium Links in two colors.
Starting with a Medium link in the inner color, fold in half with wrong sides together. Pin or clip to hold. Sew the short ends together with a 3/8″ seam allowance. Trim the seam allowance to about 1/8.”
With a Medium link in the outer color, fold in half with right sides together. Pin or clip to hold. Sew the short ends together with a 1/4″ seam allowance. Trim the seam allowance to about 1/8″. Flip the link so it’s right sides out. Put the first inner color link inside the second outer color link. Turn the layers so the seams are right next to each other. Give the link a slight pull to get the two layers to fit well together. This is the first link.
Add a Second Link
Loop a Medium link in the inner color through the assembled first link. Align the short edges, and pin or clip to hold. Sew with a 3/8″ seam allowance. Trim the seam allowance to about 1/8″.
Loop a Medium link in the outer color through the assembled first link and over the newly added inner color link. Fold the inner link out of the way and align the short edges of the outer link. Pin or clip to hold. Sew the short edges together with a 1/4″ seam allowance. Trim the seam allowance to about 1/8″.
Turn the outer link so the seams from both layers are in between the felt layers. You now have two links.
Add More Links
The links will be in this order:
8 medium links, 12 large links, 8 medium links, 7 small links (see graphic below)
Repeat the same steps to add the remaining six medium links.
Then add all 12 large links.
Next, add eight more medium links.
And finally, add all seven small links.
Finish the Plush Snake Head
Attach the Head to the Chain Link
Grab the assembled Head Top and Head Bottom.
Lay the head pieces together so the inner color (the inside of the mouth) is touching. With the right sides together, align the short edges of the inner color of the neck. Pin or clip to hold and sew with a 3/8″ seam allowance. Trim seam allowance to about 1/8″.
Flip the head so the outer color (the top and bottom of the head) is touching.
Align the short edges of the outer color of the next with right sides together. Pin or clip to hold and sew with a 1/4″ seam allowance. Trim the seam allowance to about 1/8″.
Turn the neck links so the seam allowances are sandwiched between the layers and the neck link lays flat.
Push one half the head through the last medium link.
Sew the Head Layers Together
Fold the head pieces so the Head Top and Head Bottom area are aligned. Clip the two halves together around the back half of the head to hold.
Next, prep a sewing needle with about 30″ of embroidery thread and knot the ends together.
Starting at about 1 1.2″ – 1 3/4″ in front of the dart near the back of the head, push your needle up in between the two head pieces to the top of the head about 1/4″ from the side. Pull the thread all the way through so the knot is hidden between the layers.
Bring the needle to underside of the head directly below the first hole. Push it in at an angle to the top of the head and putt the thread through. This will create one straight stitch through both layers of the head.
Repeat the same stitches all the way to the neck, across the neck links, and around the head. Stop directly across the head from where you starting sewing. End the final stitch by bringing the thread in between the head layers and knot the thread.
Add the Eyes
Place one assembled eye on each side of the top of the head. Pin to hold in place.
Sew each eye into the head using a blanket stitch.
Add the Chain Snake Tail
Layer the two tail pieces and loop through the last small link. Fold in half so the ends of the tail align, clip or pin to hold. (The inner color may stick out further. Leave as-is for now.)
Prepare a needle with about 30″ of embroidery thread, fold in half, and knot the ends. Starting about 5″ from the tip of the tail, begin sewing the layers together using the same method as the head.
When you get close to the tip of the tail, if the inner color sticks out a bit, trim it even.
Continue sewing all the way to the other side of the tail and stop directly across from where you started sewing.
Congrats! You now have a felt snake that’s sure to please the reptile lover in your life.
These slithery friends make are great for playtime or cuddling.
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Go even further with your Felt Chain Snake! Sit down to your favorite Netflix series or a movie, and embroider the edges of each of the links with a fun stitch. Use a blanket stitch or closed blanket stitch, or great creative with other stitches.
Sew a Softie
This free plush sewing pattern is part of the Sew A Softie Summer 2021 edition. Sew a Softie is a global initiative to inspire adults to get sewing with the kids in their lives.