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23 Adorable Stuffed Animals You Can Make for Your Kids

Do you, like us, have that one stuffed toy from your childhood that you cherish and will never stop loving? Maybe you want your own kids to experience that feeling too. If you’re at all into DIY, why not give a gift with meaning by creating an adorable stuffed animal yourself? These patterns are perfect for crafting something special for a little someone. And the best part is they cost from a few dollars to, well, free.

Sure, kids love getting the latest store-bought toy — but aren’t homemade gifts the ones we remember forever?

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1. Humpback whale

Denim Whale
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 friendly undersea companion.

2. Crocheted moose

Crocheted toy moose
Image: Yana Knits

You can crochet this one or knit it — either way, the moose is super-cute. Tiny and filled with love, this little guy is sure to please.

3. Pointy kitty

Pointy kitty stuffed toy
Image: Wee Wonderfuls

Find this cute kitty’s free tutorial on Wee Wonderfuls.

4. Tiny superheroes

Image: Cherish the Cheer

Cherish the Cheer’s tutorial is perfect for the tiny superhero-lover in your life.

5. T-shirt manatee pillow

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

Image: Hop Skip Jump Handmade

Create adorable handmade rabbits that kids are sure to love. The pattern is available for download for $13.

7. Knit octopus

Knit octopus
Image: Purl Soho

What’s so great about a knit octopus? Eight embracing arms! Find the tutorial on the Purl Soho blog.

8. Chinese New Year sheep

Image: All About Ami

Just look at the finished product of All About Ami’s crocheted sheep tutorial. Are you saying, “Awww” yet?

9. Loch Ness Monster

Loch Ness Monster stuffed animal
Image: We Lived Happily Ever After

How adorable is this teal Loch Ness Monster? Learn how to make this DIY Nessie on We Lived Happily Ever After.

10. Purl Soho penguins

Purl Bee Penguin stuffed animals
Image: Purl Soho

We’re loving the mix of patterns on this penguin stuffed animal from Purl Soho.

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11. Stick horse

DIY stick horse
Image: Light Blue Grey

A two-for-one, this happy horse is not only a stuffed animal, but also a very trendy mode of kiddo ride-on “transportation.” Make someone tiny very happy using this tutorial.

Next: More adorable stuffed animals you can make

A version of this article was originally published in January 2014.

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