Tuesday, 18 September 2012

Sewing Tuesday: Stranded stuffie starfish.

I found a stranded starfish on the beach this morning while I was out walking Hopper. It wasn't alive when we found it, hopefully it died of old age surrounded by grandchildren starfish and then just washed ashore. It was quite a big one.
I thought I'd make a starfish stuffie to remember the stranded starfish by.

 Want to make one too?

You will need:

  • Felt, I chose this colour as it was the colour of the starfish I found, you can use any colour.
  • Scissors.
  • Thread to match.
  • Pins and a needle.
  • Teeny beads.
  • Stuffing or cotton wool.
  • Paper and a pen or pencil.

Let's make a starfish!
  •  Have a go at drawing starfish on your paper. It took me a while to get a picture I liked, try googling starfish images if you need ideas.
  • The drawing will be your paper pattern for the stuffie so try not to make it very small as sewing very small things is really hard!

  • When you have a shape that you like, cut it out of the paper and draw around it on two layers of felt.

  • Put a few pins in through both layers of felt and cut around your lines.

  • Take the top layer of felt and sew teeny beads along the middle of your starfish legs.

  • Pin the two layers together again and overstitch around the edges

  • Leave one side of one leg unsewn so you can stuff in the stuffin!

  • Poke in tiny bits of stuffing through the hole you left. Use a pencil or something pointy to get it in to the narrow ends of the legs.

  • When you have enough stuffing in, sew up the hole.

You're done! I have my starfish on the window ledge, leaning on a pebble. 

Maybe we can make a different sea creature next week!
Happy sewing!


  1. You have perfect timing Holly! I've been planning to make a stuffed starfish for toy society, and your tutorial is right on time. I may have to sew teeny bits of light colored felt instead of beads (choking hazard? though. All in all super cute result, great tutorial...

    Ps: i'm sure that starfish of yours passed away among its family peacefully -bless its soul! :)- and now instead of being crushed by waves and rocks, what remains of it will be treasured in a happy home ^^


  2. Just stopped by from totally tutorials
    I really like this project and I just might make a stuffy myself....as long as you post YOUR drawing. lol

  3. I like the starfish lesx

  4. Found your tutorial on totally tutorials. Cute starfish! Nice tutorial. Thank you for sharing your wonderful project tutorial.


  5. I love your starfish very much! It is realy a good idea to sew kids of things if you can...thanks for sharing!