It’s September! Pre-kid I typically had all of my holiday creating/shopping done, with gifts wrapped and ready to be distributed at the Thanksgiving holidays. Post-kid… well, I’m just starting to brainstorm.
My son is almost 2 and LOVES books – they are his very favorite toy. I pulled together a list of his 10 favorites, although that’s always changing, and started searching around for free stuffed animal sewing patterns to match up with them.
I had so much fun with this post, I did a second round up of 10 free softies & coordinating books – check out the newer list of free softie sewing patterns here!
Find more inspiration here! 50+ free printable stuffed animal patterns
Free stuffed animal sewing patterns
“Pout Pout Book” is a huge favorite in our house! The ‘Blub Blub Bluuuub’ line rarely fails to elicit giggles from my son and I think it’s a lot of fun to read. Find the free fish softie pattern at While She Naps.
I am certain that I’ve read this book at least 200 times in the past 6 months and I still enjoy it! The rhythm and pacing is easy to read and I love how my son says “yama” instead of llama. Find the free llama stuffed animal pattern (ok fine, it is an alpaca!) at Wild Olive.
Kids loves Mo Willems’ books; something about the short lines and silly dialogue makes for mass appeal. Find the free pigeon softie tutorial at Lemon Squeezy Home.
The Little Blue Truck books have cute, positive messages and fun animal sounds. It’s a fun one that kids can read along with you. Find the free truck softie tutorial at Make It Love It. You could also get creative and use my free dump truck softie pattern to make something similar!
The BOOM BOOM part of this book is infectious and it’s one of the few ABC books that doesn’t get old after a few hundred read. There are lots of craft ideas on Pinterest for this book too! There is a tutorial for stuffed felt letters at Buggy and Buddy. It would be really easy to cut all those letters precisely with a digital cutting machine – see my Cricut Maker review in this post.
This was my son’s very first favorite book, ever! Way before he could walk or talk, he would always crawl over and pull this bright yellow book off the shelf. He’s on his second copy now, having worn out all the pages. Now that he’s older, we talk about the colors of the ladybugs and counting how many on each page. I love it! Find the free ladybug softie pattern at Craftiness is Not Optional.
This is another quintessential favorite, with lots of craft ideas, fabric, toys with its characters. This slider version is extra fun for little hands to tug aside and guess the upcoming animals. Find the free bear softie pattern at Craft Schmaft! If you wanted a long limbed bear, check out my Hipster Teddy Bear pattern (it’s not free though).
We read this story every week for months at the local library storytime, it’s a fun one! It’s also one of the first books my son started chiming in with the words/lines, which is extra cute. Find the free owl softie pattern on Craftsy.* You could also check out this stuffed owl sewing pattern that I sewed from Abby Glassenberg Design (it’s not free though).
I’ll admit, I really don’t enjoy this book. My husband does a great job with different voices and has fun with it, but I’m not a fan! My son enjoys it, despite not being able to decide if Skippyjon Jones is a cat or a dog (which is kinda the point of the story). Find the free cat softie pattern at Wee Wonderfuls. You could also alter the ears to be longer on my free felt pocket kitty pattern!
Dino book? Dino book? We have a couple in this series, but this is definitely his favorite. There are balloons, trucks, and balls in it so you can’t go wrong. The parents/adults are always in frumpy outfits that make me laugh too! Find the free dinosaur softie pattern at Imagine Gnats.