Make a soft shamrock plush for St. Patrick’s Day! This smiling, good luck charm makes an excellent gift for kids to find in a pot of gold this spring.
The shamrock plush is a free sewing pattern created as a follow-up to my Valentine Heart Squeeze Plush.
How to Make the Shamrock Plush
Download the free stuffed animal pattern below. The shamrock plush is a great sewing project for a beginner sewist learning to sew by hand or machine. The shamrock plush is intended to be created with fleece fabric, with some raw edges exposed.
Materials & Tools
- Shamrock Plush pattern (download below)
- fleece fabric (green, light green, white)
- Poly-fil stuffing
- green embroidery thread
- coordinating thread
- basic sewing supplies
Download the pattern and print it at 100%.
- Final size is approximately 12″ x 10″
- All seam allowances are 1/4″ unless noted otherwise
- Set stitch length to 3 for fleece fabric
- The eyes are intended to have raw edges showing
Print the pattern pieces and assemble pages with tape aligning the stars. Cut out the paper pattern pieces.
Cut out the pattern pieces from your fleece fabric. You will have:
- 2 shamrocks
- 4 arms
- 4 hands
- 2 stems
- 2 outer eyes
- 2 inner eyes
From the paper pattern, transfer the markings for the armholes and stem hole. The stem hole is larger to allow for stuffing.
Assemble the Arms
Using one hand piece and one arm piece, with right sides facing, sew together at the wrist. Repeat with all four hand and arm pieces making sure to have two opposites.
Flip the hands up and open the seam allowance at the seam. Lay another assembled hand-arm piece on top with right sides facing and sew around the perimeter leaving the end open. Be sure to backstitch. Repeat with the other arm.
Trim the seam allowances and clip the inner curves.
Using a chopstick or similar, turn the arms right side out. Lightly stuff the arms with Poly-fil. Set aside.
Assemble the Stem
With right sides facing, sew around the perimeter of the stem leaving the end open for stuffing. Clip the corners to reduce bulk and turn the stem right side out. Lightly stuff the stem. Set aside.
Assemble the Face
Decide the placement of the eyes and mouth onto the front shamrock piece. Be sure to leave space on the sides of the eyes for the seam allowance.
Pin the outer eyes into place and sew in place with a 1/8″ seam allowance. Pin the inner eyes on top of the outer eyes and sew in place with a 1/8″ seam allowance.
With a fabric pen or chalk, draw the shamrock smile in place.
Hand stitch the shamrock smile in place using the embroidery thread and a split-stitch.
With the two shamrock pieces, lay them right sides facing and pin around the perimeter. Keep in mind the areas to leave open for the arms and stem. Sew around the perimeter of the shamrocks. Backstitch at each of the arm and stem openings.
Clip the inner corners of the shamrock and turn right side out.
Stuff the shamrock with stuffing through the large stem hole at the bottom. Do not overstuff, the shamrock should be slightly flat and not rounded out.
Heart Squeeze Plush Pattern
You might also like the heart plush pattern. It makes a great Valentine or gift for any one you love.
Adding the Arms and Stem
Push the arms into the armholes and pin to hold in place. Hand stitch the arms in place using a ladder stitch.
*You also have the option of sewing the arms in place before stuffing. I prefer to stuff first, then add arms. Either way will work the same.
Pin the stem in place at the center of the large stem hole. Using a ladder stitch, start on one side of the hole and begin stitching closed. Once you’ve gotten to the stem, sew around the whole stem and close up the other side of the hole.
Place this stuffed shamrock plush into a pot of goods for a lucky little leprechaun to find on St. Patrick’s Day.
Did you make my Shamrock Plush? I’d love to see pictures and share them with others. Tag @scratchandstitch with your creations.