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23 adorable stuffed animals you can make for your kids

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Give a child the gift of a stuffed toy specially homemade for them

Christmas time has been commercialized to death, and the big Black Friday toy push starts earlier and earlier every year. Sure, kids love getting the latest store-bought toy — but aren't homemade gifts what we remember forever?

We all have that one stuffed toy from our childhood that we cherish and will never stop loving on. Give a gift with meaning this year by creating one of these adorable stuffed animals. From free to a few dollars, these patterns are perfect for crafting something special for a little someone.

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1. Humpback whale

Give a child the gift of a stuffed toy specially homemade for them
Image: All My Friends Are Flowers

This soft whale is hand-sewn using soft pieces of denim. Use any fabric of your choice to create a nice under-the-sea companion.

2. Crocheted moose

Give a child the gift of a stuffed toy specially homemade for them
Image: Yana Knits

With the option to crochet or knit, this little moose is super cute. Tiny and filled with love, this little guy is sure to please.

3. Pointy kitty

Give a child the gift of a stuffed toy specially homemade for them
Image: Wee Wonderfuls

She's pointy and cute, and this little kitty is as happy as can be. Find her free tutorial on Wee Wonderfuls.

4. Tiny super heros

Give a child the gift of a stuffed toy specially homemade for them
Image: Cherish the Cheer

Cherish the Cheer's tutorial is perfect for the tiny super hero-lover in your own life.

5. T-shirt manatee pillow

Give a child the gift of a stuffed toy specially homemade for them
Image: We Lived Happily Ever After

We Lived Happily Ever After walks you through how to turn an old t-shirt into a friend for life.

6. Beautiful bunnies

Give a child the gift of a stuffed toy specially homemade for them
Image: Hop Skip Jump Handmade

Create adorable handmade jack rabbits that kids are sure to love. Pattern is available for download at a price of $13.

7. Felt owls

Give a child the gift of a stuffed toy specially homemade for them
Image: Factory Direct Craft

Make the kids say "hoot" with these simple felt owls. Made with a Styrofoam ball and felt, these are easy enough to make for the whole gang.

8. Chinese New Year sheep

Give a child the gift of a stuffed toy specially homemade for them
Image: All About Ami

We dare you to look at the finished product of All About Ami's crocheted sheep tutorial and not saw, "Awwwww."

9. Little bird

Give a child the gift of a stuffed toy specially homemade for them
Image: Scribd

Sew a baby bird for your favorite "un-feathered" friend. Sew something personal via this lovely pattern.

10. Sock puppy

Give a child the gift of a stuffed toy specially homemade for them
Image: Joyzz

Another sock tutorial, this puppy is made using a new or old gym sock. Craft him into something extraordinary with spare scraps of fabric, felt and buttons.

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11. Stick horse

Give a child the gift of a stuffed toy specially homemade for them
Image: Light Blue Grey

A two-for-one, this happy horse is not only a stuffed animal, but a toy that little ones can ride on. Make someone tiny very happy using this tutorial.

Up next: More adorable stuffed animals you can make

January 2014. Updated December 2016.

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