Stuffed animals comfort small bodies at night, and come to life in young imaginations during the day. Use your sewing skills – no matter how basic – to craft a slithering stuffed snake. You can make the snake realistic by using snake-print fabric, or bright and colorful by using multi-color print fabric.
Things You'll Need
- Fiber Fill
- Print Cotton Fabric, 1/8 Yard
- Red Grosgrain Ribbon, 1/4 Wide
- Solid-Color Cotton Fabric, 1/8 Yard
- 2 Buttons, 1/2-Inch Wide
Using a compass, draw a 4-inch circle on the paper. Draw a 3-inch-wide, 26-inch-long rectangle extending from one side of the circle. Draw curved lines to smooth the transition between the circle and rectangle. Alter the other end of the rectangle so it tapers to a point. Alter the side of the circle opposite the rectangle to give it a rounded point like a snake head. Cut out the paper pattern.
Machine wash and dry the fabric with laundry detergent only. Iron all wrinkles and creases from the fabric. Following the paper pattern, cut one snake shape from each fabric.
Cut a 1 1/2-inch piece of red grosgrain ribbon. Fold one end of the ribbon in half length-wise. Cut the end at a 45-degree angle, slanting up toward the folded edge to form a snake tongue. Hold the ends of the ribbon close to the flame of a lighter for a few seconds to heat and seal them.
Hand-sew the two buttons onto the right side of the printed fabric to represent snake eyes.
Lay the print-fabric snake face up on your work surface. Place the ribbon tongue on the head of the snake, with the straight end of the ribbon flush with the edge of the fabric, and the double-pointed end of the ribbon pointing to the snake's tail. Place the solid-color fabric snake on the print snake, face down. Sew the layers of the snake together with a 1/2-inch seam allowance, leaving a 4-inch opening in the middle of one of the snake's sides.
Turn the snake right side out through the opening. Stuff the snake with enough fiber fill to make it round.
Sew closed the opening in the snake's side with a slip stitch.
Create a small habitat for the stuffed snake by cutting small strips of green felt or ribbon and placing them in a shoe box. Poke holes in the lid of the box so the snake can breathe.
Buttons pose a choking hazard and therefore aren't recommended for children younger than 3 years old. In place of buttons, use fabric paint to paint eyes on the snake.
Based in Ypsilanti, Mich., Ainsley Patterson has been a freelance writer since 2007. Her articles appear on various websites. She especially enjoys utilizing her more than 10 years of craft and sewing experience to write tutorials. Patterson is working on her bachelor's degree in liberal arts at the University of Michigan.