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Photo tutorial – How to sew Plattie Platypus

Posted under Toy-making TIPS & TUTORIALS on 2006-02-05 08:08:49

With this photo tutorial you will see how easy it is to sew soft toys! You will learn some toy making tips and tricks to make it easy and fun!

Purple Platypus

You can sew your platypus toy on a sewing machine, serger/over-locker or by hand.

I use myΒ Plattie the Platypus sewing pattern whenever I teach a beginner’s toy-making class because I can guarantee that EVEN a beginner can finish this toy in a few hours!

PLATYPUS QUILT FABRIC TOY
In this tutorial I am making Plattie from pink fleece and purple, flowery corduroy. I like using fleece as it is nice and CUDDLY especially for making homemade BABY TOYS

but I also love the colours and patterns of quilting cottons, and textured fabrics like cordurouy.



Choose some fabric for your toy.

You can use ANY fabric for sewing your platypus toy! Look at some of the amazing feedback photos of Plattie I have received over the years for some inspiration! πŸ˜€

Plattie toy pattern learn to sew easy sewing pattern

Let’s get started!

Step 1: GENERAL PREPARATION

Glue the pattern pieces onto card and cut them out to make your templates.
Lay the fabric right side down with the grain/pile running down towards you. Following the layout guide, place your templates onto the wrong side of the fabric.
Trace the templates with a fabric/permanent marker and cut out your pieces on the TRACED line.

pattern fabric layout

* Cut the BODY PIECES from your Main fabric and cut the BILL and FEET PIECES from a contrasting fabric.


Step 2:

Sew two FEET PIECES together and turn right sides out. I like to use a wooden chopstick to turn the feet out nicely! Repeat for the other 3 feet.

sew toy feet

Step 3:

Plattie is one of my earliest patterns and over the years I have adapted him to make him easier because I use this patterns for beginner’s toy sewing classes.

* NOTE: If you have a version of my Plattie Pattern without a dart – please just ignore Step 3 in this tutorial! :)

Fold each of the BODY PIECES with fabric right sides together and sew the dart between the back and front legs.

dart if using cotton fabric

Step 4:

Sew the BODY PIECES together from C to D.

sew upper body pieces

Step 5a or 5b:

I found out that lots of beginner sewers are scared of darts!!! So I changed the BILL TOP PIECE. Instead of one piece with a dart, I changed it to 2 pieces that you sew together.

Step 5a:

If your BILL TOP PIECE has a dart. Fold the fabric right sides together and sew the dart in the BILL TOP PIECE, then sew this to the UPPER BODY PIECES.

sew BILL TOP DART

OR

Step 5b:

If your version of the pattern has got 2 BILL TOP PIECES, sew the BILL TOP ONE PIECE to the BILL TOP TWO PIECE, then sew this to the BODY PIECES.

BILL TOP PIECE in 2 pieces

Step 6:

Sew the BILL BASE PIECE to the TUMMY PIECE from A to B. Place and pin all 4 feet in position (Toes facing towards the middle!).

feet in place

Step 7:

Pin and sew the BODY PIECES to the TUMMY PIECE, remembering to leave a gap, as indicated on the pattern pieces. Turn Plattie right sides out through the gap.

leave a gap for turning

Step 8:

Pin the BILL PIECES so that the edge seam lies flat then stitch around the edge of the bill using a 5mm/ΒΌinch seam allowance to create the duck-bill-look!

sewing duck bill platypus

Step 9:

Fill the bill and head area quite firmly with toy stuffing then stuff the rest of the body. For woven (NON-stretch) fabrics like cottons you may need to stuff the body more firmly to hold it’s shape nicely.

TIP: When I sew Plattie from fleece I like to turn him into

a beanbag toy!

Cut a small hole in the TUMMY PIECE and place some plastic pellets in the body cavity to give it a bean bag feel. (do not overfill the body, as it needs to flop like a beanbag!)

stuff your toy

Step 10:

Add some eyes to your toy. There are so many ways to make toy eyes. Click the link for ideas for toy eyes (or click on the image below) to see what you can use for Plattie’s eyes.

7 ideas for toy eyes

TIP: It is not safe to use small parts for eyes when you are making a toy for a baby or a child under 3 years old. Use a embroidery thread to sew a French knot for each eye instead. I have a blog post with lots more information about toy safety here.

Step 11:

Use a ladder stitch to sew the opening on the side of the tail closed.

How to do a ladder stitch - Pauline McArthur

Your Plattie is ready to love!


Now you can see – it’s so EASY to make lovely homemade toys!!!


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Till next time,

Happy Sewing,

Pauline

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  1. Thanks for the tutorial – I made my plattie with wheat for a heat bag. I love it.

    Comment by Charlie on March 2, 2007 at 3:53 am

  2. Hey Charlie, It’s a pleasure. Glad you love your Plattie!!! I designed my Gertie Gecko Pattern (http://www.funkyfriendsfactory.com/gertie-the-gecko-heat-pack-sewing-pattern-instant-download) as a Heat Pack specifically but I think Plattie is also a great shape for a heat pack so you chose well!!!! πŸ˜€

    Comment by Pauline on March 5, 2007 at 10:18 am

  3. Love the platypus! It looks like a fun easy sewing pattern for kids!

    Comment by Wendy on January 6, 2009 at 3:27 am

  4. Thanks Wendy! It is one of my easiest toy patterns. I use it when I do toy-making classes as it’s great for beginners and children learning to sew. πŸ˜€

    Comment by Pauline on January 7, 2009 at 10:36 pm

  5. Love your toy patterns!

    Comment by Harriet on January 13, 2013 at 3:09 pm

  6. Thanks Harriet!:)

    Comment by Pauline on January 17, 2013 at 12:10 am

  7. My Plattie pattern doesn’t have a dart – do I need one? Thanks – I love your tutorials.

    Comment by Vanessa on July 16, 2014 at 4:04 am

  8. I updated the pattern pieces, Vanessa, to make the pattern even easier for beginners. If your pattern doesn’t have the dart – just ignore this step in the tutorial! :)

    Comment by Pauline on July 17, 2014 at 8:16 am

  9. My grandkids each got a Plattie for Christmas! Thanks for the great sewing patterns Pauline.

    Comment by Dorothy on January 16, 2015 at 9:13 pm

  10. That’s awesome – please post some pics of your Platties on my Facebook page so I can see??? https://www.facebook.com/funkyfriendsfactory

    Comment by Pauline on January 17, 2015 at 12:19 am

  11. Can you make this toy as a heat pack?

    Comment by Wendy on January 18, 2015 at 5:43 pm

  12. Hi Wendy, I think you can! I have a heat pack pattern in the shape of a gecko (lizard) that wraps around the neck and is also a bit larger. It’s one of my most popular patterns!!!! :) I’ll add a link for that here for you – http://www.funkyfriendsfactory.com/gertie-the-gecko-heat-pack-sewing-pattern-instant-download

    Comment by Pauline on January 19, 2015 at 11:32 pm

  13. this is such a good tutorial, what type of fleece is it, going to make for my friends baby. thanks xx

    Comment by jessica anne richens on July 26, 2015 at 2:13 pm

  14. Hi Jessica, I make Plattie with any fabric! Any type of fleece will work. I like poloar fleece the best though because it’s nice and fluffy and cuddly. :)

    Comment by Pauline on July 28, 2015 at 11:49 pm

  15. I have been so inspired by your dsiegns, I’ve been making my own (in fleece; due to sensory issues I find it really difficult to touch felt, unfortunately!). Today I’ve been making some simple patterns for them and tomorrow I will be taking those to my eldest son’s school where they want to do Christmas crafts! I’m guessing they’ll want to do glue, and felt, however – seems simpler and cheaper than giving needles to a bunch of little nippers!

    Comment by Corinne on December 17, 2015 at 4:32 pm

  16. Hey Corinne… sounds like you’re having fun! πŸ˜€

    Comment by Pauline on December 23, 2015 at 2:28 am

  17. Thanks for sharing I am writing achildrens book This is aninspirations!

    Comment by Bea on February 16, 2016 at 3:46 am

  18. That sounds interesting Bea, glad I could supply some inspiration!!!! πŸ˜€

    Comment by Pauline on March 14, 2016 at 12:31 am

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