Let’s sew a sheep stuffed animal! This free sheep softie pattern is so much fun; fast and easy to sew. The simple shapes would make it a great sewing project for kids and the size makes it perfect for hugging. The floppy limbs are easy to hold on to, so I bet babies would like playing with it too! A finished sheep measures 9.5″ high and 8.5″ wide and takes maybe a night to make.
I’m sharing this pattern for free in honor of Sew A Softie Day! Trixi, from Coloured Buttons, invited me to join in; I reviewed her e-book about sewing with kids a while back.
You need to check out these related posts too!
- Where to buy wool felt online
- Tips for teaching kids to sew
- 15+ easy beginner sewing tutorials
- 20+ easy sewing projects for kids
In Trixi’s own words, Sew A Softie Day is an “…annual celebration of the age-old skill of sewing: a creative, practical, social, low-cost skill that has been largely lost in today’s consumer society of mass produced, disposable commodities. Sew-A-Softie day encourages adults and children of all ages to turn off their computers, put down their smartphones and experience the joy and fulfillment of creating a unique object with their own hands.”
I’d love if you joined in – and especially if you made my little sheep! Feeling creative? Enlarge the pattern to make a sofa cushion or shrink it down for a pocket sheep!
So snuggle worthy!
If you like this big sheep, check out the Mini Pocket Lamb from my pattern, too!
How to sew a sheep softie
- ½ yard white felt or fleece
- ¼ yard black felt or fleece
- 1 set of 12mm safety eyes*
- Poly-fill (I just started using this stuff*, it is made in the USA and recycled!)
- Coordinating thread
- Freezer paper* (optional) or other tracing materials (see more about freezer paper in this post!)
- Glue stick (optional)
- Small scissors or awl
- Pink embroidery floss & needle
Trace all pattern pieces out and cut – freezer paper is recommended to make precise shapes, you just trace the pattern on to it and iron it shiny side down and then cut around.
1- Use the placement marks on the pattern piece to attach each ear, using a glue stick to temporarily baste on. Use the awl to punch a hole in the middle of each white eye and then use the glue stick to baste them on. The outer edges of each eye should be 2” apart from one another, and vertical placement is centering each eye about 1” down from the top of the black face. Stitch the white eyes on, and then place the face centered, about 25” down. Stitch the face and ears on.
2- Insert the safety eyes after pressing the awl through all the layers, punching a larger hole. Thread the embroidery floss ( I used 2 strands) and stitch a small nose with a backstitch and satin stitch to fill, about .5” down from the center of the eyes and centered in between.
3- Sew the four sets of legs together, and then starting from the bottom center place them .25” from the middle and then from the next leg over, on the other body piece that does not have the face. Use a glue stick to baste on.
4- Place the two body pieces wrong sides together, encasing the raw leg edges in between. Sew along the edge almost all the way around, making sure to catch the legs in the seam, and stopping and starting with a 2” gap, insert stuffing, and then sew that opening closed. Trim your loose threads and enjoy!
Now, try to keep it away from any kids if you want to take pictures because it will immediately be hugged and made dirty! I think it would be cute to make a little herd with black and grey sheep too.
Be sure to check out my Pinterest board of all softies, too!
Sew a free sheep softie sewing pattern! This simple softie is easy to sew by hand or machine, and the little legs are perfect for tiny hands to hang on to.