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.
1. Humpback whale
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
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
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
Cherish the Cheer's tutorial is perfect for the tiny super hero-lover in your own life.
5. T-shirt manatee pillow
We Lived Happily Ever After walks you through how to turn an old t-shirt into a friend for life.
6. Beautiful bunnies
Create adorable handmade jack rabbits that kids are sure to love. Pattern is available for download at a price of $13.
7. Felt owls
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
We dare you to look at the finished product of All About Ami's crocheted sheep tutorial and not saw, "Awwwww."
9. Little bird
Sew a baby bird for your favorite "un-feathered" friend. Sew something personal via this lovely pattern.
10. Sock puppy
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.
11. Stick horse
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.
January 2014. Updated December 2016.
12. Sock cat
How cute is this little guy? Professor Pincushion walks you through how to make him with an super clever video tutorial.
13. Fantastic Mr. Fox
This litte bandit fox is much easier to make than he looks. Look What I Made breaks it down for you.
14. Radical raccoon
Sew a radical and ravishing raccoon using lint or felt. Make a few expressions for little ones to exchange and have fun with.
15. Bumblebee gurumi
This baby bumblebee is totally a crochet craft worth gifting. Buy this pattern and nstantly on Etsy for just $4.
16. Little lion critter
Another amigurumi pattern, this little lion will speak to a tiny kiddo's heart. Soft and tiny, he'll love to go on car rides and more.
17. Shark bite
Beach boys and surfin' sweeties will enjoy having a tiny shark to play with. An advanced pattern, only tackle this project if you've got the experience.
18. Teeny little mini bears
While She Naps' pattern is easy to follow, and the outcome is totally precious.
19. Stuffed turtles
Plush and perfect for little hands, these teensy turtles are stuffed with love. Grab the tutorial and choose fun fabrics for a cute design.
20. Sock monkey
One of the most-popular crafts of the stuffed-animal realm, every kid needs a sock monkey. Get your free tutorial at Craft Passion.
21. Neck-tie snake
Another upcycle idea, this slithering snake is made out of a necktie. Check out the easy tutorial to make your own silly snake.
22. Sock zebra
From sock puppies to monkeys to zebras, you can make a closet full of animals with misplaced socks. This little zebra is just as fun and cute as the rest of them.
23. Little piglet
Create a tiny piglet for a newborn gift or a funny little farmer. Hand-sewn, this little piggy is a keeper.