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Hi there I Heart Naptime readers!
My name is Jessica (but you can call me Jess), and I like lots of things. For one thing, I like to blog over on Craftiness is not Optional.
I also like to sew. That’s an understatement. If I don’t work on something every day-I start twitching. My favorite things to sew are clothes for my kiddos!  I’m mostly self-taught and love to figure out how things are made. I have two adorable daughters, Sadie and Charlotte-and an awesome hubby who puts up with patiently supports my crafting/sewing impulses. I love to watch TV and movies-especially while sewing-two birds with one stone and all that. I love making tutorials. I love taking pictures and learning to use my camera. I loooove chocolate. and french fries. I love to sing-but only in the car, with only my kids present, thankyaverymuch. I love to pay bills. (not! just making sure you’re paying attention!) I love the color teal.
I also love softies. They were some of the first sewing projects I made for my daughter!
Here’s an easy whale softie tutorial-perfect for your little one, or a baby shower gift! Best of all, it’s really easy-and doesn’t use much fabric.
My daughter Sadie loves to make them “kiss”. lol!
So! Let’s get started!
You’ll need:
fat quarter of fabric (scraps work too!)
felt or buttons for eyes
poly fil
sewing stuff (scissors, pins, etc)
my free pattern! (print at 100% scale)
First cut out two pieces of the pattern-make sure the wrong sides are together while cutting it out.
Cut out the eye pieces if you’re doing felt eyes and pin to the whale pieces, or sew on the buttons if you’re doing button eyes! I played with the placement-I did prefer them towards the front of the “nose” but it’s up to you!
You could also add a smile, or felt water coming out of the blowhole. hehe!
Sew around the edge of the felt with your machine.
Then, right sides together, pin the two pieces together.
Sew around the edge with 1/4″ seam, leaving a space for turning about 2-3″ wide on the bottom of the whale.
Iron the seams on the bottom where it’s open, then clip the curves around the whole whale. This may take a little while but will make it look a lot better!
Stuff with poly fil-tail first, then the body. When you think you’re done stuffing……stuff some more in there!
Then slip stitch the bottom shut and you’re done with your cute whale softie!
Thanks so much to Jamielyn for having me, I hope you enjoyed the tutorial! I had a whale of a time. (har har!)
Jamielyn Nye is the owner and managing editor of I Heart Nap Time. She aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. Her unique projects have been featured on many popular websites, including: BHG, Martha Stewart, Fox, ABC, People, Parents and more. When she’s not creating . . . Jamielyn loves to chase her two little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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27 Responses to “Make a whale softie”

  1. Chrissy @ Boerman Ramblings

    such a fun idea..I have friends who are having babies…perfect gift idea. thanks!

  2. Louisa

    I love the felt eyes! I think I may just need to make a whale this week! Thanks for sharing the pattern.

  3. Jayna Rae

    Thanks for sharing! These are really cute. I love the fabrics too. we might be going to Sea World in the summer. If we do I will have to make these for the boys to play with in their stroller.

  4. Jenna

    I'm going to make this. I made some stuffed birds for Little Bean's nursery, and the whales would be too cute for her to play with!

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  5. Chris

    Jess is one of my favorite people, and makes so many darling things. So glad you were able to feature her.

  6. Jenn

    So adorable. Thanks for sharing. I'm new to sewing and like to try new things. I've never learned the slip stictch and would LOVE a tutorial somewhere!

  7. Jason and Danielle

    I love these. They are so cute and look like they would be a cinch to make. Thanks for sharing and for the free pattern:>

  8. Gwen @ Gwenny Penny

    I love Jess, and I love these whales! They look so easy to make, too. Can't wait to whip some up for my girls:)

  9. Kari

    Cute!!! I love it, I am definitely going to make some of these!!! And, btw, 2 of my three girls are named Sadie and CHarlotte!!!

  10. just jayma

    Cute whales!@ I also LOVE the skirt your model is wearing ! Did you make it? Adorable.

  11. Esther

    Oh, this whale is just too adorable! I might just try it out to give as a present for my colleague who’s expecting a new baby soon.

  12. Ellen

    Hi there,

    I’m having some troubles downloading the pattern to make the whale. I would really love to make one. Could you sent me the pattern by mail?

    Thanx, Ellen

    • Jamielyn

      Hey! Click on the here and push the download button. Then you should be able to pull up the file and print out the pattern. Hope that works!

  13. Misty Pagel

    Thanks so much for the tutorial. I made a couple of them for my son today in just a short bit of time during my daughter’s nap! He requested whale softies and I was so happy to find your tutorial.

  14. Jessica Winter

    I’m pinning this, so cute! Thanks for sharing many will be blessed to receive the gifts we’ll all make using your idea.- Jess (at) OlyMomma

  15. Jeremy

    I clicked on the link, but it wants you to pay to download it. Does anybody have the pattern for free?

  16. Rachel C

    Where can I find the scalloped red, white, pink, blue fabric used in the step by step photos??? It is to-die-for-adorable! Thanks! ~Rach

  17. Ann

    I made this adorable softie for a baby to be born on Nantucket! Simple, quick and so appropriate. Thank you for sharing the pattern. I found your tutorial (and as an added bonus, your website) on Quality Sewing Tutorials.

  18. Madona

    Thats really sweet Jess. I made a jumbo one. Everyone loved it so much! Thank you so much!! :-D

  19. Julie

    I made a smaller scale of this for a diaper cake! So cute! I added a link back to your page on my blog. Thanks!