handmade felt blue dolphins

Fin-tastic Stuffies

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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How to Make Felt Dolphins

  1. Gather your craft tools and materials. Then download the pattern on the right hand side at the top of this post.
  2. Cut out felt according to pattern using a cutting machine or scissors.
  3. Whip stitch the flippers to the underside where indicated in the PDF pattern using 2 strands of matching blue floss.
  4. 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 on the right hand side at the top of this post.

Photo tutorial for felt dolphins by Lia Griffith

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Explore More

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.