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Sew your own stuffed toy Dolphin!

Posted under A day in my lifeBlogToy-making TIPS & TUTORIALS on 2015-02-17 11:42:52

I had such fun designing and sewing my Dizzy Dolphin toy sewing pattern. I took photos as I went along to create a photo tutorial so you can see how to sew your own Dolphin soft toy… STEP by STEP!

My Dizzy DOLPHIN Stuffed Animal Toy Pattern is nice and easy for beginners and children to sew as a first sewing project.

DOLPHIN-toy-sewing-pattern.pink

*** PLEASE NOTE – this in ONLY a PHOTO TUTORIAL ***
The FULL PATTERN IS NOT included here. It is NOT A FREE PATTERN.

I have made this photo tutorial so people who have purchased the pattern can SEE how to sew this stuffed animal toy dolphin! (I wanted to explain this so you are not disappointed if you have found this page via a search engine and not from the link in my Dolphin sewing pattern!)

The pattern is available to purchase here –
Dizzy DOLPHIN Stuffed Animal Toy Pattern

First choose some dolphin fabric.

A toy dolphin can be all sorts of colours!

DOLPHIN toy pattern collage web

STEP 1

Sew 2 of the FLIPPER PIECES together. Turn them right sides out and use a sharp object like a wooden chopstick to make sure the seams are turned out nicely. Repeat for the other 2 FLIPPER PIECES.

Dolphin toy pattern flippers

TIP: I use a wooden chopstick to help me turn the seams nicely! Run the chopstick along the stitching of the seam inside the FLIPPERS.

STEP 1b

Stuff the FLIPPERS with toy-stuffing and pin the open edges closed and put them aside.

Dolphin pattern stuff flippers

STEP 2a

Sew the FIN PIECES together. Turn the fin right sides out and make sure the seam is turned out nicely.

DON’T STUFF the FIN RIGHT AWAY!

First pin the FIN PIECES well so that the edge seam lies flat. Stitch around the edge of the fin using a 5mm/¼inch seam allowance to create a flat seam around the fin. This will help the fin to stand up nice and straight!

Dolphin fin

STEP 2b

Stuff the FINS with toy-stuffing and pin along the open edge to hold the toy-stuffing in place.

Dolphin stuff fin

STEP 3

Sew the NOSE BASE PIECE to the TUMMY PIECE from A – B.

Dolphin sew nose base to tummy

STEP 4

Sew one TAIL PIECE to the TUMMY PIECE.

Dolphin sew tail and tummy seam

STEP 5a

Pin a FIN to one BODY PIECE, line up the front of the fin with the pattern markings on the BODY PIECE.

Dolphin pattern pin fin to body

STEP 5b

Place the other BODY PIECE on top and pin this in position. Sew the FIN in between the 2 BODY PIECES.

Dolphin pattern sew fin between body pieces

STEP 6

Sew the other TAIL PIECE to the BODY PIECES.

Dolphin photo tutorial sew tail to body pieces

STEP 7

Sew the NOSE TOP PIECE to the BODY PIECES.

sew nose top to body pieces

STEP 8

Pin the FLIPPERS to the BODY PIECES, line up the front of each FLIPPER with the pattern markings on the BODY PIECES.

pin fins to body pieces

STEP 9

Pin the dolphin together along the sides next – matching point F on the TAIL PIECES and point G on the NOSE PIECES.

*** Remember to leave a gap open from stuffing on one side!***

Pin Dolphin sides

STEP 10a

Sew the NOSE TOP/BODY/TAIL to the NOSE BASE/TUMMY/TAIL. Sew an extra zig zag stitch to secure the FLIPPERS if the dolphin toy is for a young child. They will be tugged on quite a lot and you want them to be sewn in really well.

sew a zig zag to secure flippers

* Don’t forget – There will be ONE MORE line of stitching for you to do on the tail AFTER turning. This gives the tail a nice shape —> so don’t forget to sew it!

STEP 11a

Clip the seams well especially around the very curved seams.

clip seams before turning

Step 11b

Trim the seam allowance around the TAIL PIECES before you turn your dolphin right sides out. This help it to turn out nice and smooth and flat.

Trim seam allowance

TIP: I find it’s easier to turn the dolphin if I pull the FLIPPERS and FIN out first!

STEP 11c

BEFORE you begin stuffing, pin the edge of the TAIL PIECES so that the edge seam lies flat, then sew a line of stitching around the edge of the tail using a 5mm/¼inch seam allowance to create a flat seam around the edge of the tail. This is the same way you did the fins, BUT I have drawn this in the TAIL PIECE pattern markings to show you where to start and end the stitching line.

Pin the tail edge flat

STEP 12a

Stuff the tail area firmly with toy-stuffing, use small bits of stuffing to get right into the tips of the tail. Fill the nose and head area next, making sure the nose is firmly stuffed, then fill the rest of the body with toy-stuffing.

Dolphin toy softie tail

STEP 13

Use the felt templates to cut out felt for the EYE PIECES and BLOW HOLE PIECE. (If you are making the toy for a child older than 3 years old, you can also use 2 buttons, safety eyes or sew black beads in place for your dolphin’s eyes.) Sew the felt in place with 3 strands of embroidery thread. I use a French knot to hold the pieces in place then straight stitches to around the edge.

sew felt eye

STEP 14

Sew the BLOW HOLE PIECE 6cm/just over 2 inches back from the TOP SNOUT PIECE.

sew dolphin blow hole

STEP 15a

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

ladder stitch

How to do a ladder stitch - Pauline McArthur

Your Dolphin softie is ready to LOVE!

I can’t wait to see YOUR Dolphin!!!

Come join the fun on Facebook!

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I LOVE to see how your Funky Friends toys turn out!

When you’ve made your own stuffed toy dolphins you can come show them off ~>

Post a photo on my Funky Friends Factory Facebook page for me to see and YOU could win a FREE PATTERN!

 

What colour will YOUR dolphin be?

Pauline McArthur
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Till next time…
Happy Sewing,

Pauline

xxx

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  1. Wow! Thank so much for putting my picture with me and Dizzy Dolphin! It is such a privilege! How did you like her?

    Comment by Trinity Perona on February 18, 2015 at 6:24 am

  2. Could I use the picture you put on the post with dizzy and me and you as the entry please? If you prefer not to I don’t mind!

    Comment by Trinity Perona on February 18, 2015 at 6:25 am

  3. Actually, don’t worry about it! Please don’t bother since you gave me Hannah the Hedgehog, which was nice of you~!

    Comment by Trinity Perona on February 19, 2015 at 5:46 am

  4. I LOVE your dolphin Trinity!!! AND you look so pleased with her too – that makes me HAPPY!!! 😀
    xxx
    Pauline

    Comment by Pauline on March 2, 2015 at 12:55 am

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