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10 Free Softie Sewing Patterns & Coordinating Kids Books – Half Handmade Gift Ideas!

Check out a big list of free softie patterns matched up with coordinating kid's books! Softies are such a fun gift to sew for kids, and make the perfect "half handmade" gift paired with a book. #freesoftiepattern

Free softie sewing patterns are so much fun – they’re a great way to check out a new pattern designer or blog and inexpensive gift to sew for babies and kids. Last winter, I paired a bunch of free tutorials with my son’s favorite books and it was so much fun, I decided to do it again with fresh softie patterns all released this past year! I like to call this idea “half handmade” – you can sew up a softie and the buy the book and gift them together!

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1- Sloth Lovie by Wendi Gratz for Dear Stella Fabrics

How cute are those sloth lovies! My daughter would love to curl up with one of those happy faces.

“Slowly, Slowly, Slowly said the Sloth” by Eric Carle*


2- Koi Fish Softie from Choly Knight

Sewing up one of these fish in gold fleece would be too cute.

Not Norman: A Goldfish Story by Kelly Bennett*


3- Piranha Softie by Trixi at Coloured Buttons

I reviewed Trixi’s e-book about kids learning how to sew – so I am happy to include one of her patterns with this cute little piranha. My kids love this book, too.

Ten Sly Piranhas by William Wise*


4- Robot Softie at Simply Sewing Magazine

That zipper mouth! So stinking cute.

Pete the Cat – Robo-Pete by James Dean*


5- Sheep Softie here at Swoodson Says

I DID gift this as a half handmade set, same book and all, I think it’s so fun and very hug-able.

Sheep in a Jeep by Nancy Shaw*


6- Flamingo softie from Sew Magazine

We got this book from the library and the illustrations are to die for – the softie is beautiful, too. My daughter calls them “mingos”, ha!

Flora the Flamingo by Molly Idle*


7- Dump Truck Softie here at Swoodson Says

Trucks are a perennial favorite in our house – I rounded up a bunch of ideas for things to sew truck loving kids so this was an easy match for me to make.

The Little Dump Truck by Margery Cuyler*


8- Snail Softie at Felt By Love Designs

Alicia sews up all kinds of cute things, this snail would be a perfect pocket pal!

Are You A Snail? by Judy Allen*


9- Octopus Softie from Lia Griffith

There is a cute trick to those octopus arms to make them bend-able, click through and check it out!

Also an Octopus by Maggie Tokuda-Hall*


10- Paddington Bear from Patchwork Posse

Look at that bear with his cute clothes! Kids would love taking those off and on.

The Paddington Treasury by Michael Bond*

Check out a big list of free softie patterns matched up with coordinating kid's books! Softies are such a fun gift to sew for kids, and make the perfect "half handmade" gift paired with a book. #freesoftiepattern

Did I miss any of your favorite softie sewing patterns? Be sure to check out last year’s half handmade post for even more ideas!

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  1. […] Other store bought things that I’ve included with handmade gifts over the years are teethers, nose suckers, favorite diaper rash creams, and of course diapers themselves. I was thankful for each gift I received, but it certainly was nice to have extras of those things on hand even if they aren’t as fun to buy as toys and tiny clothes! Another of my favorite ideas is to pair a stuffed animal with a corresponding book, like a truck softie with The Little Blue Truck – I have two posts that pair up books and free patterns here and here. […]

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