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All kids are artists! But, did you know that you can turn one of your children’s masterpieces into a treasured stuffed animal? Just follow these quick and simple steps to help your child create their own huggable keepsake!
How to Turn Your Childs Artwork Into a Stuffed Animal
Only a few supplies are needed to create your own artwork stuffed animal!
Some plain white paper
fabric crayons (can be purchased at any craft store)
a half yard of white muslin fabric
a needle and thread
a sewing machine
First, set out a piece of paper and the fabric crayons and encourage your child to create a picture. The fabric crayons feel just like regular crayons when drawing on the paper. When they are finished, check the picture and make sure that the crayon is colored in an even manner and is slightly on the thick side. If your crayon markings are too light, they will not show up on the fabric when you make the transfer.
Next, transfer your picture onto your fabric. To do this, prepare your ironing surface with some paper so that the crayon wax will not melt onto your ironing board. Place your picture on top of the paper, and then place the fabric on top of your picture. Top the fabric with another piece or two of paper so that you don’t transfer any wax onto your iron.
Iron your masterpiece with slow and steady strokes. You want to avoid moving the picture or the fabric. Periodically check the transfer to make sure it is clear and bright. It took me about 5 minutes of ironing to get a total transfer.
After your iron on transfer is complete, place another piece of fabric under your transfer and cut out your design. While cutting through both layers of fabric, make sure to leave space around your picture for seams.
Turn your design to the middle, and using your sewing machine, (or a needle and thread) sew around the outside. Take care around corners and edges, and make sure you leave an open space for stuffing!
Using the hole you left open for stuffing, turn your design inside out so that the seaming is on the inside. Stuff your design with your stuffing keeping in corners, points, and small details in mind. You want to make sure that you get enough stuffing inside so that the design holds its shape.
Last, fold the edges of the hole in and stitch it up with a needle and thread.
Enjoy! It’s not every day that you can hug a creature that you drew yourself! Creating your own artwork inspired stuffed animal is a perfect way to spend a summer afternoon! Design and create a whole collection!
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eating for energy says
Hey just wanted to give you a quick heads up and
let you know a few of the pictures aren’t loading properly. I’m not sure why but I think
its a linking issue. I’ve tried it in two different web browsers and both show the same outcome.
This is such a great idea! Love!
What a cute idea!
Julia Jasmine Sta Romana says
What a wonderful idea! I just hope the stores here in Davao City has fabric crayons…
Christy, Home-Mom says
How cool is this!!! My kids are all gonna want one, 5 animals coming up soon, or next year 🙂 I need to pin this for later.
Emily Louise says
After making my kids their own animals, I want one! Let me know how it goes. I would love to get feedback!
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This is the most brilliant and creative thing I have seen in while. I can’t wait to do this. My son will be so excited to “play” with one of his pictures.
Emily Louise says
Thanks Tanya! Let me know how it goes if you give it a try! My kids loved doing them!
There is an incredible woman doing this. You send her your child’s drawing and she creates an actual stuffed animal out of it.
This is her link http://www.childsown.com/
Oh my…why in the world have I not thought of this already. (V8 moment for reals) This will be a great rainy day project for my 10 year old and me this summer. (or one of our wayyy to hot to go outside kinda days ^_^) Thank you for showing us how you did this…great idea!!! Another fun thing you can do with your child’s drawings is make a pattern out of it. I use to make these cute little frog tooth faerie helper holders and the pattern came from my then 6 year old.
Emily Louise says
Please let me know how it goes if you try making your own Regina! I would love to get feedback!
Babes about Town says
How cool! I think my kids would love to see their mini masterpieces transformed into cuddly toys 🙂 Thanks for sharing, will pin too!
Emily Louise says
Thanks so much! My kids loved it, but of course, who wouldn’t! I want to make one for myself now!