How fun are these!! This is such a great handmade toy idea made from felt, I think they’d be perfect tucked into a stocking or an Easter basket. I’m excited to share these 3D puzzle animals, designed by my friend Alicia at Felt With Love Designs. She sewed up my Roly Poly Critters pattern as a fun swap!
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The Felt 3D Puzzle animals pattern is in Felt With Love Designs shop- there are three different groups with dinosaurs, jungle animals, and sea life!
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The pattern calls for three layers of felt & two layers of Heat n Bond but I made it a little easier on myself (and used what I had on hand) by putting a layer of Peltex 72F in between two layers of felt. The Peltex is crazy stiff and double sided fusible, so it gave it a really nice body and was super fast to bond. I used felt from Benzie Design, it’s the best!
They fold flat when taken apart, so they’d slide great into a bookbag, a stocking, an envelope in the mail.
My kids couldn’t wait to get their hands on them – both my 3.5 year old and 16 month old liked them! We made a few “franken animals” too, switching legs to match them with different bodies.
I only made the three; rhino, octopus and turtle. I used the Fabri-Solvy as the pattern directed, which made it super fast and easy. Basically you copy/print the design on this sticky interfacing, peel off the backing, stick it on the fabric and sew along the outline. Then warm water dissolves the interfacing and it looks brand new! If you’ve never used Fabri-Solvy, I have a picture tutorial in this post.
The only thing I struggled with was clipping the notches in between the legs – it was tough to get close enough without cutting through the stitching, even with my super sharp, little scissors.
I’m planning on trying a few of the other animals closer to Christmas – I think they’d go great paired with an animal book!
All these patterns were in the same issue of One Thimble, an e-magazine for sewing, and we did a swap. Check out the following blogs – let me know which pattern you think is the cutest!
- Monday – Stephanie – Swoodson Says – 3D Puzzle Animals
- Tuesday- Alicia – Felt With Love Designs – Roly Poly Critters
- Wednesday – Jen – Ainslee Fox – Rainbow Cross Stitch
- Thursday – Rebecca – Hugs Are Fun – Wild Things Animal Shoes
- Friday – Ajaire – Call Ajaire – Bear and Bunny Quilt