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Starfish Softie DIY

I know the 1st official day of Summer isn't for another month or so, but here in TX we've already been swimming and going around in shorts and flip flops.

So going with the summer theme, I've been in the mood to create some fun summer softies.. Here's the first one I have made- A Starfish! 
Supplies: Felt, Stuffing, Buttons or googly eyes, Needle and Thread, Sewing Machine.

2.Pin the pattern to your felt, and cut out 2 stars, cutting on the outside line.
3.  Using a pencil, lightly sketch where you want to add stitches.
4. Using orange thread, go over you pencil lines.
5. For the eyes, I used 2 buttons but you could also use something like googly eyes. 
6. Stack your 2 stars, right sides together. Pin them.
7. Sew around the edges, saying about a 1/4" from the edge, and leave an opening to flip it right side out.
8.  Make small snips in the corners so that it will turn right side out better.
9. Flip it right side out, and stuff it. 
This can be a little tough, because your starfish isn't real big. I used a crochet hook and a rub-on stick to help flip it and stuff it.
10. Using a needle and thread, stitch your opening closed.
Now that it's stitched up, you're all done! I think it would be super cute to have a whole bunch of different colored starfish softies! Don't you??

Quick Question: Do you like the word Softie or Plushie better?
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  1. Super cute! I will have to give him a go this evening... not that it's looking anything like summer here in very rainy & cold England. I prefer 'softie' to 'plushie' - plushie sounds a bit weird to me and I can never quite get used to it.

    1. would LOVE to see pictures if you make him! :)

  2. this is sooo cute. my grandson who is 3 would love some of these to play with. Be fun to make these in different colors to have around the house for him to play with. For older children why not put beans inside of them and make a hop scotch for them to play on, tic tac toe squares, and they can use the star fish as markers.

  3. Please do not be offended but I have small dog who cant get her mouth on most toys so I thought this would be a great toy for her made out of fleece scraps. With a squeakie inside of course. Thanks for pattern.

    1. That is an awesome idea! I don't have a dog right now, but if I did I would love to make dog toys. :)

  4. Thank you so much for this post. I want to let you know that I posted a link to your blog in CBH Digital Scrapbooking Freebies (please, notice the new url for my blog), under the Page 2 post on May. 16, 2012. Thanks again.

  5. Softie!! I wonder about making a rattle out of this. It looks supremely "grabable" for a baby and if it is made out of chewable fabric----hmmmm. Just love it!!

  6. Love this!! Such a cute idea :)

  7. Ohh so cute!! My bestie just had a bub, and my sister just got a new puppy, so it looks like I'll be making two of these - one in flannel and one in something a little more 'hardcore', haha! Puppy teeth!
    I figure for both of them I will just use black felt for the eyes for little ones don't swallow the buttons. Can't wait to get started!! Thank you so much for the pattern! I'll post a pic and link to you up on my blog when I've done it!
    Sway x

  8. A friend has just had a darling little baby boy and was thinking of what I should make for him. This looks perfect! Thanks do much for sharing!

  9. So cute! And I go for softie. Plushie seems a word for a huge stuffed animal, like those pillow pets the kids love. thanks for the tutorial and pattern! Much appreciated!

  10. hahah mine looks a little silly but I love him all the same! I think I'll bring him along as a good luck charm for tryouts and plays :D


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