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The Christmas softies are fun and simple to make! They are stitched entirely by hand, using a whip stitch around the felt edges, a running stitch across the arms and legs, and a stem stitch for the mouths on the gingerbread man/reindeer/snowman. The body-head-arms-legs-&-ears/antlers on reindeer are all together in one pattern shape for each softie – they are not attached separately which can be time consuming and difficult. The finished softies are approximately 3.5” x 5.5”. They are made from scraps of felt. Enlarge or reduce patterns to make the softies different sizes. Safety eyes are used for samples – other options for the eyes, are to make them using embroidery, paint or felt.
This 7 page PDF e-pattern includes full size patterns to make four Christmas softies – a gingerbread man, penguin, reindeer and snowman; a materials list; detailed instructions written in English; and clear step-by-step photos.
My 10 year old granddaughters LOVED making these four cuties to give as Christmas gifts to their classmates. They ran short of time so sewed the majority of them on the sewing machine, but they turned out really well and the recipients were very happy. The girls are going to make the Woodland Softies for Valentines Day.
Felt scraps (7” x 10” is the maximum size needed) – white, ivory, light yellow, gold, orange, rust, red, light brown, dark brown, charcoal/black
Polyester fiberfill stuffing
Safety eyes – two 6mm black for each softie
Buttons – two 1/2” red for gingerbread man, two 1/2” green for snowman
Embroidery floss – black
Sewing thread (or embroidery floss) – white and colors that match felt
OPTIONAL ribbon: 1/2 yard of 3/8” ribbon or 1/4 yard of 5/8” ribbon for a bow for each softie
OPTIONAL fabric glue (Beacon Fabri-Tac permanent adhesive was used for samples)
Copyrights protect this pattern from being reproduced in any media format to be resold. Permission is given for the pattern to be used to make and sell finished items in limited quantities.