Weighted Stuffed Sloth DIY
Happy happy August everybody! Did you know one of my favorite silly holidays is in August? August 10th is National Lazy Day which means everybody can slooowww down a bit and take it easy! Speaking of taking it easy, I thought I’d share out an easy DIY for a fun creature that certainly likes to take it’s time. Spend a tiny bit of time this week creating my weighted stuffed sloth DIY!
You will need:
- 1 “fat quarter” of fabric in your main color
- 1 “fat quarter” of fabric in contrast color 1
- 1 “fat quarter” of fabric in contrast color 2
- Scraps of lighter fabric for your face and darker for your eyes (felt recommended!)
- Fabric Glue
- Two button eyes
- Needle, thread and your sewing machine
- About three to four cups of my Quality Plastic Pellets
- About 2 cups polyfil
First, I want you to think about what you’d like your new stuffed friend to do. If you want to make it into a shoulder wrap, go ahead and print out page 4 of the pattern to add some length to the arms. This should give you enough arm length to “hug” your recipient, but feel free to make adjustments if needed.
Now cut out all your other pattern pieces. A fun variation for the face and eyes is to use felt and fabric glue to hold in place. You’ll want to stitch up all your pieces inside out using a 1/8 inch seam.
Stitching and Assembly
Start with the claws. Leave the wider end open for flipping it inside out and stuffing. Stuff each claw with a small amount of polyfil and set aside. Do the same with the tail.
Let’s start on the arms. Tuck three claws on the inside of one end of the arm and pin in place. Stitch the arm closed, stitching the claws in place as you go, leaving the end that goes into the body open. Pour plastic pellets into the arms until you only have a couple of inches without filling, and then set aside. Move on to the legs, and finish in the same manner, leaving one end open. I recommend using polyfil to stuff the legs, but you can use plastic pellets if you want.
Next let’s turn our attention to the face. Take the contrast color body piece and fold the corners of the face piece under and pin into place. Stitch this into place. You do not need to fold the corners under if you opt to create this piece out of felt. Please note that if you’re creating the eyes out of fabric and not using felt you’ll need to make them slightly larger than on the pattern to allow for seaming! Now is also a good time to sew on the button eyes.
Finishing and Stuffing
Once you’ve got the face done start on the body. Pin each body piece inside out and pin one arm, both legs, and the tail so they get stitched with the seam. You’ll want to leave open the spot for the next arm down the side. Now you can carefully pin the other arm on the inside to be seamed with the body pieces, and then pull all right side out through the unstitched side. Use the ladder stitch to close the seam after stuffing; I recommend a bit of polyfil for the head and then filling the rest with Quality Plastic Pellets.
Make your new friend stick by adding some Velcro pads to their little hands. I recommend cutting them into little paw shapes and then stitching them directly onto the hands. This will help your new friend hang out!
Feeling like your friend needs a little smirk? Use a dark thread to stitch on a little smile!
I hope you enjoy this fun stuffed sloth DIY! What creature should I do next? Be sure to tell me on my Facebook page!