A plush animal sewn by hand makes a meaningful gift for a child or animal lover. Wolves have devoted followers because of their elegance and strength. Create a stuffed version of this magnificent animal using a simple, even abstract pattern. More experienced sewers, however, may find challenging sewing patterns fun with authentic wolf-like features. Either way, a wolf pattern exists for every skill level.
Finding a Pattern
Find sewing patterns for your stuffed wolf online or in a craft store. Use stuffed dog sewing patterns for a substitution if necessary. The Open Source Sewing blog, at the Silver Seams website, offers a free dog plushie pattern. Add a longer, thinner muzzle for a wolf version of this pattern.
Some patterns are more complicated to create, yet look more authentic. Irma Vepp's "Dead Wolf" pattern, created for theatrical productions, has the wolf's long muzzle and thin limbs.
The Craft Gossip website has plushie patterns, images and ideas from crafters. One pattern, an abstract dog plushie, will take on wolf-like characteristics with a little help. Use pointed ears, for instance, and a thick tail in place of floppy ears and a short tail.
Apply the wolf's colors when adapting a dog pattern to a wolf pattern. Place white fabric on the head and legs and sew gray fabric on the wolf's body and tail. Larger stuffed animals look more authentic with faux fur fabric in gray, black or brown.
Creating a Pattern
Creating your own wolf pattern is surprisingly easy. Find a clip art silhouette of a wolf with tail extended. Look for a dog or wolf silhouette with thick legs and tail to make sewing easier. A photo of a wolf's actual silhouette is another alternative. Trace the outline of the animal's body.
Decide on the size of your stuffed wolf and add 1 to 2 inches for a seam allowance (the edge of fabric where the seams are sewn together). Enlarge the silhouette to the actual size desired and trace onto transfer paper. Outline this shape onto a manila folder or other heavy, stiff paper.
Divide the wolf's body into sections. Draw a line, for instance, along the neck to divide the wolf's head and body. Divide the legs and tail from the wolf's body in the same manner. Confident sewers may attempt sewing the entire pattern in two big pieces.
Cut the divided shapes (or single shape) from the paper. For a pieced pattern, you'll have one head-shaped piece of paper (with ears attached), two legs, one tail and one body.
Most patterns divide the stuffed animal in half. The wolf comes together at a center seam along the animal's back. Regardless of the pattern used, stuff the wolf in the underbelly. An extra piece of fabric, sewn by hand, to cover this underbelly allows for a plump plushie. Consider needlepoint stitching for the eyes and nose.