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Silly Scrap Snake Toy Sewing Pattern – Photo Tutorial

Posted underA day in my lifeBlogToy-making TIPS & TUTORIALS on2011-02-15 08:12:28

This Fabric Snake pattern is so quick and simple you can whip up as a last minute gift and the bonus is – ANY fabric scraps can be used! The pattern is simple enough (and manly enough!) for a boy to make for himself!

SNAKE easy sewing pattern web

Funnily enough, the youngest person ever to sew one of my patterns was an 8 year old boy who featured in this Stuffed Toy crafting with kids post!

OK, let’s get cracking…
with the TUTORIAL!

Step 1:

Get yourself some BRIGHT boy-ish fabrics. I used this fabulous Flaming Cherry Tattoo Fabric by Voodoo Rabbit… and added some bright fabrics from my scrap basket.

SNAKE soft toy sewing pattern download

Step 2:

Glue or print the pattern pages onto card or thick paper and cut out the pattern pieces to make your templates.

Step 3:

Lay the fabric right side down. Place your templates onto the WRONG side of the fabric and trace the templates with a permanent marker and cut out your pieces. You can also use a fabric marker or a H2 pencil.

Step 4:

Use the template to cut out a TONGUE PIECE from felt.

Step 5:

Fold and sew the dart on the HEAD PIECE.

Step 6:

Sew the HEAD PIECE to the BASE PIECE from A – B on one side, and from A to the star on the other side (where I have pinned!).

Step 7:

Sew the MOUTH PIECES together with the felt tongue in between, as shown on the pattern markings.

Step 8:

Sew the MOUTH PIECES to the HEAD PIECE and BASE PIECE, (with right sides together so the tongue is inside!)

Step 9:

Sew the STRIPE PIECES to each other (along their LONG sides!) to make the snake’s body.

Step 10:

Turn the head ‘right-side-OUT’ and sew it to the first STRIPE PIECE with the head facing back/towards the tail end.

Step 11:

Turn the HEAD and BASE PIECES ‘right-side-IN’ again, and sew them closed along the side. Sew from the star, and stop a little way along the first STRIPE PIECE.


Sew the body closed down its length.

* It makes it much easier to stuff the Snake if you LEAVE A GAP
for stuffing the head on the1st stripe, and for stuffing the tail on the 2nd last stripe.
(I also leave a gap on the center stripe as well.)


BEFORE you turn your snake right sides out, use the TAIL SHAPE TEMPLATE PIECE to draw a line on the last stripe. Sew on this line…

…and then cut around the sewing line, leaving a 5mm/¼inch seam allowance.


Pull the tail and head through the gap on the centre stripe to turn your snake ‘right-way-out’.


Pin the sides of the mouth together  so that the mouth will be closed at the sides.

Step 15b:

I sew the mouth closed on the side for about 1cm /½ inch. I sew by hand with sewing-machine thread and using a ladder -stitch.

Step 16:

Use polyfil toy-stuffing to stuff your snake.(It’s nice and light and fluffy!)

Step 17:

Use a ladder-stitch to sew the stuffing holes closed.


Cut some black and white circles from felt for the snake’s eyes. You can glue these in place, but I just sew them on with black thread on the black felt, to keep both bits in place.

ALL done!

You’re ready to go and play with your Silly Scrap Snake!!!!!

Pauline McArthur soft toy sewing pattern designer Australia snake

The Silly Scraps Toy Sewing Pattern is available from The Funky Friends Factory website as a Printed Sewing Pattern and an Instant Download Pattern.

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Till next time,

Happy Sewing,


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  1. I have so much scrap fabric I can use for snakes! 🙂

    Comment by Abby on October 5, 2013 at 5:06 pm

  2. Making this with kids is so much simpler when they can see what to do, keep up the great work!

    Comment by Holly on July 5, 2014 at 5:17 pm

  3. Thanks Holly – photo tutorials take me forever so it’s so nice of you to let me know you enjoy them! 😀

    Comment by Pauline on July 5, 2014 at 9:57 pm

  4. Is this hard to make? I am making this and I am scared it might not turn out well.

    Comment by Nesrin on November 16, 2014 at 7:04 am

  5. Hi Nesrin, this is one of my easy patterns – I recommend it for beginners and children! Here is a link to more of my easy patterns –

    Comment by Pauline on November 18, 2014 at 4:41 am

  6. Very helpful!

    Comment by Jeanette on February 28, 2015 at 8:21 pm

  7. Thanks Jeanette – sometimes seeing something done makes it soooooo much easier to do yourself! 😀

    Comment by Pauline on March 7, 2015 at 9:33 pm

  8. I have boys and girls but the girls love the snake best! Thanks for the fun sewing patterns.

    Comment by Remi on May 17, 2015 at 11:25 pm

  9. Haha! I find that too, Remi!!!! I first thought girls would not like a toy snake! 😀

    Comment by Pauline on June 4, 2015 at 7:04 pm

  10. Love this pattern! Every snake I make looks so different and any fabric looks amazing!

    Comment by Janine on October 25, 2015 at 8:05 pm

  11. Thanks Janine! I like to use up my ugliest fabrics for my snakes and they do look great! haha! 🙂

    Comment by Pauline on November 10, 2015 at 2:24 am

  12. It’s a pleasure Ursula, I’d love to see how their Scrap Snakes turn out. Please post a pic on my FB page when they’ve sewn them! 😀

    Comment by Pauline on October 1, 2016 at 3:43 pm

  13. thank you for the amazing post! cant wait to try it! my dog just love stuffed snakes and i bought squeakers to add inside!… but where can i find the pattern pages you’ve mentioned?
    thank you again!

    Comment by karin on November 4, 2016 at 6:15 pm

  14. Hi Karin, the Silly Scrap snakes pattern is available to purchase here – It is also available as a printed pattern, but the international postage to Italy would be huge so I would recommend the PDF Instant Download pattern would be better for you! 😀

    Comment by Pauline on November 13, 2016 at 9:50 pm

  15. Hi! I purchased the pattern which I very much liked, but I did not find any information in it whether the seam allowance is already included or shall I cut out the templates leaving some seam allowance? You write only about the tail piece that it should be cut out leaving 5 mm seam allowance.

    Comment by Olga on September 2, 2017 at 12:39 pm

  16. Hi Olga, The seam allowance information is in the Sewing Instructions section. I’ll copy and paste it here for you! 🙂
    Lets Get Sewing
    □□ Always sew the fabric pieces with the right side of the fabric together, UNLESS the instructions tell you to do something different.
    □□ A 5mm(¼inch) seam is included so you will sew 5mm(¼inch) INSIDE the lines you traced. Do not add on a seam allowance UNLESS the instructions say so!
    □□ Look at each pattern piece – the dashed line on the pattern piece is a useful guide to show you the FIRST seam you will sew on each piece.

    Comment by Pauline on September 15, 2017 at 6:29 am

  17. Magic! I’ve been asked to make a 6 metre snake and the head specifically has had me baffled. This is exactly perfect! Thank you so much.

    Comment by Hayley Poulton on July 24, 2019 at 5:52 pm

  18. WOW!!!! I would LOVE to see you 6m Scrap Snake once you have made it – pleeeeeeeeeeeeeeez post a pic on my FB page when you have! 😀

    Comment by Pauline on July 30, 2019 at 6:05 pm