Say 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.
Crafting Tip: New to crafting felt animal stuffies and want to learn more? Take our mini course, 8 Easy Steps to Create Any Felt Stuffie.
- Lia Griffith’s Wool Blend Felt – Sea Green, Mint, Juniper, Black
- Embroidery Floss – DMC Very Dark Sea Green (3812), Light Bright Green (3851), Avocado Green (469), Dark Wedgewood (3842), Black (310)
- Pen or Fabric Marker
- Gather the tools and materials listed above.
- Print the PDF template at the bottom of the post and cut out felt pieces according to pattern.
- 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.
- 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!
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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 video and our Beginner’s Guide to 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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Are you having trouble? Feel free to contact us and we will be happy to help you out.
I’m still having trouble getting the blanket stitch right where the shell meets the rest of the limbs of the turtles. Do you have a video tutorial that could be shared, along with the instructions you provided in your response above? thanks!
Hello Pablo. We have a felt stuffie mini-course in editing right now that should be helpful with details on each stitch. It should be ready to publish soon.
I’m making these for my daughters preschool class end of year gifts. They are the sea turtles. I can’t figure out the trick to do the blanket stitch when I’m connecting the body where the flippers, head and tail are?
The limbs and whatnot need to be sandwiched between the two shell layers, just enough of an overlap so you can catch it with your needle and floss. You blanket stitch around the shell as you normally would, just that you need to pass the needle through the limb inside and out the bottom. Bring the needle through the limb just at the edge of the shell, back out the top and through the loop to complete the stitch. It’ll look like a normal blanket stitch from the topside. I hope this helps!
I love turtles and do does my daughter. This would be a fantastic mom/daughter activity to do. Thank you for the clear step by step instructions and pictures … helps tremendously.
I am in love with the SeaTurtle Stuffie! Our family is off to the beach for a week at the end of July and I would like to make these with the kids. Would it be possible for me to purchase the pattern only? Thank you !
What a fun idea! Unfortunately we aren’t set up to sell single downloads, but you can always become a monthly member, then cancel after you have downloaded the project(s) you want. There are quite a few projects that would go great with the turtle 😉
Any chance you will add an svg file?
The SVG has been added 🙂
Can’t wait to make them! Thanks!
I have no printer. Can you send patterns by mail?
Hi Joni, I’m sorry but we can’t send patterns by mail. Maybe there’s a copy shop nearby where you could login to a computer and print from?
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OK, I’m really missing something here. I have my pieces all cut out but it’s just a top! Do I cut out most of the same pieces again to make a bottom? I see no reference to this in the instructions but it would be necessary if I were to stuff it! Feeling sorta stupid right now… It’s all new to me.
Hi Camilla, no worries! The pattern includes the number of pieces you’ll need to cut for each part (x2, x4, etc), so you’ll end up with a top and bottom set.
I think I’ve said it before, I need new glasses! Slipped the magnifier over my head and sure enough saw the 4’s, etc. Thank you so much for being so patient!
Ha! I can’t do much without my glasses, so I understand 🙂
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I don’t know if it’s planned or not, but had to let you know, these little guys are everywhere I look on pintrest! They are very cute 🙂
We noticed they’ve gotten a lot of attention! Thank you for letting us know 🙂
Where can I buy the floss in the same colors as the felt? I ordered the felt from ACD but now need matching floss. It would be nice to have the manufacturer and color number. Thanks!
We buy at our local fabric store (and usually bring felt along to match colors!), or online. For this project we used DMC 824 (blue), 470 (green), and 3851 (aqua).
Thank you so much, Lia! I really appreciate it. I’m heading out to JoAnn’s! ?
Where do you find these beautifully colored felts? Whenever I go to the craft store I can only find basic colors.
We love ordering from Benzie Design and A Child’s Dream!