We have been getting requests for more aquatic animals lately. And since dolphins were at the top of the list, that’s where we started! Compared to some of our other stuffies, these felt dolphins involve minimal construction and felt pieces, making them a great stuffie for beginners.
Our pattern below includes two sizes of dolphins, which are simple to cut by hand. For a more precise cut, we recommend using detail scissors. However, you are always welcome to use your Maker or Cameo 4!
Ready to start crafting your felt dolphins? This DIY project is perfect for anyone who wants to test the waters with sewing 3D animals. Just gather the tools and materials you need below and follow our step-by-step tutorial.
When picking out your felt, you can use the same colors we did or choose your own. As you can see in the photos, our designer Krista made her dolphins in two different shades of blue with contrasting white bellies. There is plenty of room to get creative with not just the colors of felt you select but with how you use this project. For example, you could craft just the larger size as a handmade toy for kids, or make a few small felt dolphins for an ocean-themed baby mobile.
Whatever you do, we hope you share it with us! As always, you can post photos of your projects on our private Facebook page for members or by tagging #MadeWithLia on Instagram.
Skill level: Beginner-friendly
Crafting tips: If you need a refresher on how to do a whip stitch or blanket stitch, make sure to check out our embroidery guide. New to crafting felt animal stuffies and want to learn more? Take our mini course, 8 Easy Steps to Create Any Felt Stuffie.
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- Cricut Maker or Silhouette Cameo 4 (recommended)
- Detail Scissors (recommended)
- Craft Scissors
- Embroidery Needle
- Straight Pins
- Stuffing Tool
- Lia Griffith’s Wool Blend Felt — Dewy, Spruce, and Cotton
- Embroidery Floss — DMC Light Antique Blue (932), Blue Green (502), and Black (310)
- Polyester Fiber Fill — Lia Griffith Stuffie Puff
- Black Safety Eyes — 5mm and 6mm
- Fabric Pen — Dritz Disappearing Ink
How to Make Felt Dolphins
- Gather your craft tools and materials. Then download the pattern below.
- Cut out felt according to pattern using a cutting machine or scissors.
- Whip stitch the flippers to the underside where indicated in the PDF pattern using 2 strands of matching blue floss.
- Match up both of the body pieces and pin in place. Blanket stitch along the top edge, starting at the tail, using 2 strands of matching blue floss.
Full tutorial available for members to download below.
Love this project? Check out some of our other aquatic crafts on the site, like our felt mermaid headband, our felt turtle stuffie, and our felt octopus. Or, browse all of our felt stuffies for more patterns and tutorials.
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Are you having trouble? Feel free to contact us and we will be happy to help you out.
Yes, I purchased the eyes from felt paper scissors. Maybe I should try a larger size?
You could do that. I will go look at a package of eyes because the backs should not be that difficult to slide onto the shaft.
Sorry this is on a different thread- the reply button isn’t writing for me. Yes, I snip a small hole for the safety had to go through, and yes, I find it incredibly difficult to push the back of the safety I onto the eye. So difficult that I’ve tried to use some sort of plier to squeeze it together.
Did you purchase these eyes in our shop? This seems like an issue with the proper fitting of the backs. It should not be that difficult to slide on.
I have been trying to use the safety eyes, but when I use them on these projects, I have a really hard time fastening the eyes, and ultimately my felt always rips out, leaving damaged felt, a hole way too big to salvage, and wasted eyes. What am I doing wrong? I watched the craft course on felt stuffies and I can’t see that I’m doing anything differently than what the course instructs.
Does it feel like the back is too hard to press into place? It should slide on fairly easily. Also, are you clipping a tiny hole for the point to go through first?
je suis abonnée depuis des mois, nous avions accès a tout le site ce qui était normal, maintenant nous sommes limités dans nos choix et cela ne me convient pas du tout je trouve cela anormal vu que l’on paie tous les mois, je suis très déçue
Hello! We made this change 8 months ago and sent an email about it. One of the reasons we made this change is because we had a lot of people sign up for one month, download a lot of projects, and then cancel their membership. As a small business, it is not sustainable for us to offer unlimited access to thousands of projects for only $9.99. If you look around at other memberships, it is very common for there to be differences between a monthly and annual membership. We are also one of the few crafting memberships out there that offer as much as we do for only $9.99 a month or $99 for the year. We have kept the price low for a long time to make it more accessible for people to craft, but we also put a lot of time and effort into everything we offer, so we had to make this change to keep offering everything we do! Right now, monthly members get the craft collection, which includes 16 projects, 12 bonus downloads, and a live workshop, 5 extra projects each month outside of the collection, and all of our mini courses. Overall this is a $275+ value that you get each month for just $9.99! If you have been a monthly subscriber for a year, it is actually cheaper for you to upgrade to a yearly membership and then you can get unlimited downloads plus access to maker workshops and master classes. We appreciate your continued support and hope you understand why we had to make this one change!
I just bought a membership and have had so much fun looking through all the fabulous projects and inspiration. I initially bought the membership for the crepe paper flowers but feel inspired to expand. I’m loving your felt food and the realistic felt animal stuffies. I grew up on a farm- maybe sometime you and your team could do a farm themed animal stuffie series. So excited to be here & thanks for all the great inspiration! -Heidi
I’m so glad you’re part of our community Heidi! I hope you love what you create 🙂
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