Things You'll Need
- Computer printer
- Colored markers
- Colored thread
- Sewing machine
- Permanent marker
Making a stuffed Noah's ark and stuffed animals will give you the chance to show off your design and sewing skills. You may decide to make a Noah's ark set as a present for a loved one or perhaps as a christening present. Whatever shape or size you want your completed stuffed ark and animals to take, the basic sewing method is the same.
Sketch out the shapes of Noah's ark and animals on a piece of paper. Print off pictures or use storybooks to give you a rough guide of what they should look like. Draw the shapes of the animals in pairs so they fit with the Noah's ark story.
Use a colored marker to trace these shapes on to the pieces of cloth you are using. Add a 1/4-inch seam allowance around the edges of each shape.
Use scissors to cut out two pieces of fabric for the ark and for each stuffed animal.
Place the fabric for each shape together, right sides facing. Use a sewing machine to sew around the shape of the ark and each pair of animals, using a 1/4-inch seam allowance. Leave an opening big enough to fit in two fingers at the end of each shape.
Put your fingers in the hole you left and turn the shape inside out. Do this for the ark and every pair of animals you have made.
Stuff the ark and each pair of animals with polystyrene balls or an alternative child-friendly stuffing, such as polyester fiberfill.
Sew the small hole on the ark and each animal. Pinch the fabric edges together and turn the seam allowance to the inside of the shape. Sew the hole closed by hand, using needle and thread, as the section may be too small to sew by machine.
Use a permanent marker to add details to the ark and each pair of animals.
Oliver Hill started as a freelancer in 2009. His work can be seen on a variety of sites, including Service Magic and Thumbsticks. He is studying for a Bachelor of Arts in multimedia journalism at Bournemouth University.