project // easy-sew star snuggler
Would you like to swing on a star? How about snuggling with one? I thought that it might be fun to sew up a little plush star, and guess what? It was!
The idea behind this was to make it less like a stuffed toy, and more like a "lovey", which is a sort of blankie substitute for little ones. You can use this easy-sew pattern to make your star snuggler super stuffed or kinda floppy, or something in between. However you make it, your star will love sleepy snuggles!
You will need:
Batting and/or Stuffing
Black or navy perle cotton
Star Snuggler PDF Pattern
My star is a hybrid between a stuffed toy and a floppy lovey. So, I have some (fusible) batting, and a little bit of stuffing. You could do one or the other.
Cut two star pieces from fabric. Place the dashed line of the pattern template on the fold of the fabric. If using batting, cut two star pieces from batting.
Embroider the face on one of the fabric star pieces. For the mouth, I used chain stitch. For the eyes, I used back stitch to outline them, then filled them with satin stitch. Size 8 perle cotton was a nice thickness for this.
Place the two fabric stars right sides together. (If using batting place the batting on the wrong sides of the fabric stars). Pin around the edges.
Sew around the outside of the star with a 3/8-inch seam allowance. Back stitch at the start and stop, leaving an opening large enough for turning.
Carefully clip the points and angles of the star.
Turn the star right side out and use the eraser end of a pencil to poke the points out.
Use perle cotton to top stitch with running stitch around the star, leaving the opening open for now. It helps to roll the seam between your fingers to open it up before you stitch. I usually do this for a couple inches at a time as I go.
When your stitching reaches the opening, you can add some stuffing if you want. Or leave it flat and floppy. Then, continue the running stitch across the opening and secure the thread with a hidden knot.
You could opt to ladder stitch the opening closed before you add the top stitching, but it's not entirely necessary.
What is entirely necessary is to give this little star a hug!
Other options for making this star? Make it out of fleece so it's super soft. Add a hanger to the back so it can hang on the wall. And while the embroidered face makes this safe for even the smallest snugglers, using safety eyes would be very cute if you aren't giving it to a young child.
My little sister claimed this star, and I look forward to seeing it get extra squishy as it gets cuddles each night.