What is it about woodland critters that is so irresistible? Woodland animals are the perfect theme for a neutral nursery design, and this stuffed squirrel would be right at home tucked on a shelf or in someone’s tiny arms! This easy DIY can be completed in an afternoon, so it’s great for any last minute birthday or shower invites!
(My littlest guy loooves his new animal stuffie!)
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What You’ll Need
- Two felt sheets for the body. I used Pumpkin Spice.
- One felt sheet for the face. I used Beachside.
- Matching embroidery floss or cotton thread.
- Dark coloured felt scraps for the eye or alternatively,
- Dark coloured embroidery floss for the eye.
- Embroidery needle, straight pins & scissors
- Poly-fill stuffing (or felt scraps)
Print Your Pattern
Grab your free squirrel pattern here and print it. You could also enlarge the pattern with a photocopier if you wanted to, but this pattern is designed to fit a 9″x12″ sheet of felt. Or you could shrink it and make a garland of tiny squirrels!
Cut Out the Designs
Simply pin the pattern pieces to your felt and cut them out. I used my small snip scissors. If you are using felt for the eye, tape the pattern piece to the felt and cut through the tape and felt simultaneously. You will need to cut out 2 of each pattern piece.
Assemble the Face
Position the face pieces on the body pieces and stitch them in place using a blanket stitch. Important: Make sure you stitch one side facing left and one side facing right!
I used a single strand of embroidery floss to stitch the face.
I used a chain stitch and 2 strands of floss to create a half-circle for the eye.
If you want to use felt for the eye, I recommend hot-glueing it in place rather than sewing it. Round pieces that small never tend to look quite right when stitched. I’m not sure why, I’ve tried it a variety of ways. No matter how small I make my stitches, the eyeballs always look weird! So stick with glue!
Assemble and Stuff the Body
Pin the front and back of the squirrel together. I used 2 strands of floss to stitch the squirrel together, starting about halfway down the inner side of the tail. I used a blanket stitch.
You can use poly-fill stuffing (found at your local craft store) or you could stuff the squirrel with all the bits of felt scraps you’ve likely been saving up!
Once you’ve stitched around the ear and head and have arrived under the chin, you can begin to stuff as you go. I stuffed the head, continued stitching to the bottom of the belly and stuffed again. Then I stitched all along the bottom edge, stuffed again, stitched halfway up the tail and stuffed again. I stitched around the rest of the tail leaving a 1.5″ gap to squeeze in a little more stuffing and closed up.
Tip: Use the end of a pen or the eraser end of a pencil to gently push the stuffing into the corners.
Pro Tip: Pair the squirrel with the most lovely children’s book and you’ll cry your eyes out all evening! You’re welcome!
And don’t forget your free pattern!
Tell me, does your nursery have a theme?
Ok, I couldn’t help myself..just one more! But look at his little face!