DIY Felt TurtleSay Hello to Our Little Friends

It’s no secret how much we love our felt animal stuffies, and our designer Krista is at it again with more adorable friends for your little ones – here is our felt turtle family, complete with an irresistible baby turtle that we have named Squirt! These sea turtles are a great craft project for practicing embroidery stitching, and once you are finished you can gift them to your kids as summer goodies.

Tools

  • Scissors
  • Sewing Needle
  • Sewing Pins
  • Low Temperature Hot Glue Gun
  • Wooden Skewer or Chopstick

Materials

  • Wool or Wool Blend Felt (willow, sea green, teal, black)
  • Embroidery Floss (willow, sea green, teal, black (to match) and blue)
  • Pen or Fabric Marker
  • Poly-fill

Steps

  1. Gather the tools and materials listed above.
  2. Print the PDF template at the bottom of the post and cut out felt pieces according to pattern.
  3. Whip stitch the shell pieces into place using a single strand of matching embroidery floss or thread. You can arrange the pieces prior to sewing and add a dab of glue to hold into place temporarily. 
  4. Make a french knot in the center hexagon using a full 6 strands of blue embroidery floss (this knot was wrapped around the needle 3 times, pulled tight). Mark 2 dots above the knot with a pen or fabric marker. See our french knot video below for guidance!
  5. Make a lazy daisy stitch using the 2 dots as a guide for your stitch. You will also find a lazy daisy stitch video tutorial at the bottom of the post. 
  6. Mark placement for the other 5 lazy daisy stitches around the french knot, using the printed pattern as a guide. 
  7. Contineu marking and embroidering a combination of french knots and lazy daisy stitches while following the pattern guide. 
  8. Whip stitch eyes onto the head using a single strand of black floss or thread. 
  9. Straight stitch 2 lines with a full 6 strands of black floss to make nostrils. 
  10. Blanket stitch together the flippers, tail and head of the turtle with 3 strands of matching embroidery floss. Leave the ends open as shown (these will go inside the body). 
  11. Lightly stuff the head with poly-fill. Add a stitch to help hold it closed for now. 
  12. Add a dot of glue to hold the flippers, tail and head in place on the bottom shell piece while sewing. 
  13. Pin the embroidered shell on top and begin blanket stitching the body together starting near the rear flipper. Use 3 strands of matching sea foam colored embroidery floss. 
  14. Stitch through all 4 felt layers to firmly secure the limbs to the body. 
  15. Before stitching closed, stuff with poly-fill. You can use a wooden skewer or chopstick to help you stuff. Stitch closed. 

Follow our felt turtle photo tutorial below for visual guidance as you craft!

Tips

As you can see, there are two sizes included in the template, so choose your favorite size or make both for variety! If you are new to felt crafting, we recommend watch our Felt 101 video for a tutorial on blanket stitching and whip stitching. You can also find lazy daisy and french knot video tutorials below. We love this felt turtle project because it is great practice for beginner seamstresses and embroiderers! 

Run With It! 

To explore more embroidery techniques, don’t miss our embroidery basics to get you started. If you love making felt animals and stuffies, find our entire collection here! We love getting you in on the creative process, so don’t hesitate to add your feedback and suggestions to the comments below. Follow us on Instagram, Facebook and Twitter for daily glimpses of what we’re up to, or become a part of our crafting community by heading over to our membership page. We can’t wait to see how you’ll be inspired! Enjoy ~ Lia & Team 

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