Tuesday, January 4, 2011

Stuffed With Love Animal Scarfs

The idea behind Stuffed With Love is to find new uses for old stuffed animals. I don't know about you but we have a VERY large amount of stuffed animals in our house. It is like the multiply over night or something! I try to go through them every few months to prevent them for taking over my girls room. I always take them to the thrift store but lately I have been searching for ways to reuse them. I have come up with some fun ideas and gathered a few more from the web and I am looking forward to sharing them with you!

This time I would like to show you have to make some AWESOME animal scarfs. This is the perfect use for all those tiny stuffed animals you have cluttering up your house. The first tutorial is based on one from A Girl and A Glue Gun. Her blog is wonderful and I highly recommend becoming a follower. The second tutorial is one I came up with using some tiny stuffed animals we got from Burger King. It is one of those rare times I am glad I have 2 girls so I get 2 toys when we eat there!

Stuffed Animal Scarf #1

You Need:
smaller stuffed animal
Scarf (I got mine from the 100 yen store)
needle and thread or sewing machine

The first step is to cut the stuffed animal in half. If your animal is a bead filled one you will want to do this step over the trash or you will end up with this:

Once you empty all of those tiny beads you will have a two nice size holes that look like this:

Next you you will insert the end of your scarf into the hole you just made.

The final step is to sew up the hole using either a needle and thread or your sewing machine. I tried both ways and found it was easier to use a needle and thread. Repeat for the other side of the scarf (with the other half of your stuffed animal) and you are done. The entire scarf took me about 10 minutes.

Animal Scarf #2

You Need:
2 small stuffed animals (mine were kids meal toys)
Scarf (I made mine out of old shirt sleeves)
A needle and thread or sewing machine

The first thing you want to do is unpick the thread on the back of the stuffed animal. Mine were kids meal toys (ie not very well made) so it was quite easy. You will end up with a hole like this:

Next you want to stuff the end of you scarf into the hole like this:

The last step is to sew it closed with either a sewing machine or needle and thread. Again I tried both and again I found the needle and thread to be easier. The bulkiness of the stuffed animals makes it hard to sew with a machine. Repeat for the other side of the scarf and you are done.

There you go to easy peasy animal scarfs. My girls love them, too bad it isn't cold enough to wear scarfs here. I plan on sending the striped pony scarf to my nephew in Utah - it is definitely cold enough there to use it!
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Cari said...

Wow! Those are awesome - I definitely want to try it for Carlye!

~Beth D. said...

very cute and creative!

Johnnie said...

Love this! Stopping by to invite you to join Thrifty Thursdays. Have a wonderful day. Blessings!


Andrea said...

My toddler would adore one of these! So cute.

ANKH said...

I felt like these matched my theme for the week. So I linked to your post on my blog. :)

Heather said...

Thank you all for the kind comments!

Jill said...

What a great idea! I have soooo many stuffed toys here - many lasted through my childhood, got stored in my parents house, then transported from the UK to Australia for my kids to play with, and are slowly getting discarded as my kids get older. But I can't bear to part with them! I'm now following you blog so I can come back and see what other ideas you come up with for them!

i'd love if you linked this, or any other ideas to my weekly 'round tuit' party at:


Hope you have a lovely week

Jill @ Creating my way to Success

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