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10 Free Softie Sewing Patterns & Coordinating Kids Books

10 Free Softie Sewing Patterns & Coordinating Kids Books

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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!

I think free softie sewing patterns are a great way to try out sewing stuffed animals, they’re an affordable way to try out different designers. My kids certainly enjoy all my experiments!

Find more inspiration here! 50+ free printable stuffed animal patterns

Free Softie Sewing Patterns


1- Sloth Lovie by Wendi Gratz for Dear Stella Fabrics +“Slowly, Slowly, Slowly said the Sloth” by Eric Carle*

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



2- Koi Fish Softie from Choly Knight + Not Norman: A Goldfish Story by Kelly Bennett*

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



3- Piranha Softie by Trixi at Coloured Buttons + Ten Sly Piranhas by William Wise*

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.



4- Robot Softie at Simply Sewing Magazine + Pete the Cat – Robo-Pete by James Dean*

That zipper mouth! So stinking cute.



5- Sheep Softie here at Swoodson Says + Sheep in a Jeep by Nancy Shaw*

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



6- Flamingo softie from Sew Magazine + Flora the Flamingo by Molly Idle*

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!



7- Dump Truck Softie here at Swoodson Says + The Little Dump Truck by Margery Cuyler*

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.



8- Snail Softie at Felt By Love Designs + Are You A Snail? by Judy Allen*

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



9- Octopus Softie from Lia Griffith + Also an Octopus by Maggie Tokuda-Hall*

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



10- Paddington Bear from Patchwork Posse + The Paddington Treasury by Michael Bond*

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

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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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Wednesday 15th of January 2020

My pet monkey of 21 years passed away... I wanted to make a keepsake stuffed monkey from his bedding? Do you have a monkey pattern?

Stephanie - Swoodson Says

Thursday 30th of January 2020

I don't, maybe check Etsy?


Wednesday 6th of February 2019

Thanks for sharing..... I am not much of a stitching gal (currently sewing everything by hand), but appreciated you pocket kitty pattern & these. Trying to make some felt softies to donate to our local hospital for kids. Don’t know why I thought of this, but it’s a heart burden to make some critters. Maybe will try superheroes or princesses if I find an easy pattern. I just wanted to say thanks for free patterns ♥️

Stephanie - Swoodson Says

Wednesday 6th of February 2019

What a generous thing to do! I have some other felt projects if you want to poke around :) Thanks for taking the time to say such kind words!


Friday 9th of December 2016

THIS is an awesome post!!! Thanks for sharing! Perfect for our #fluffproject donations for children in foster care!

Stephanie - Swoodson Says

Sunday 11th of December 2016

Thanks Kristy! I need to sort through my project samples and ship some over to you!

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