Make a whale softie

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!)
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Jamielyn Nye

Creative director and founder of I Heart Naptime. Jamielyn aspires to reach women, get their creative juices flowing, and to genuinely inspire. When she’s not creating, Jamielyn loves to chase her three little monkeys and snuggle up on the couch with her man.

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  1. Chrissy @ Boerman Ramblings posted on March 14, 2011 at 7:23 am (#

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

  2. Louisa posted on March 14, 2011 at 9:39 am (#

    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 posted on March 14, 2011 at 9:57 am (#

    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 posted on March 14, 2011 at 11:12 am (#

    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!

    Come check me out at:

  5. Chris posted on March 14, 2011 at 11:26 am (#

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

  6. Jenn posted on March 14, 2011 at 11:26 am (#

    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. Allie posted on March 14, 2011 at 5:15 pm (#

    I love love love those! The fabrics are perfect! SO cute.

  8. Jason and Danielle posted on March 14, 2011 at 10:33 pm (#

    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:>

  9. Gwen @ Gwenny Penny posted on March 15, 2011 at 9:25 am (#

    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:)

  10. Kari posted on March 15, 2011 at 2:33 pm (#

    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!!!

  11. just jayma posted on March 26, 2011 at 6:11 pm (#

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

  12. Esther posted on May 5, 2011 at 11:57 pm (#

    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.

    • I♥naptime w/ Chocolate Sundaes posted on May 6, 2011 at 1:42 pm (#

      Oh she would love it! You’ll have to show me if you make one!

      • Esther posted on May 10, 2011 at 11:21 am (#

        I actually made two!! :-) My colleague also has a little boy and hey, I couldn’t leave him without a pressie. I loved the pattern, it was very easy. Thanx so much for the tutorial.
        Check out my whales!!
        Thanx again for the tuto!

  13. Ellen posted on June 12, 2011 at 11:23 am (#

    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 posted on June 13, 2011 at 4:59 pm (#

      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!

  14. Misty Pagel posted on June 22, 2011 at 5:44 pm (#

    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.

  15. Jessica Winter posted on July 22, 2011 at 1:29 pm (#

    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

  16. Jeremy posted on September 21, 2011 at 12:42 pm (#

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

  17. Rachel C posted on October 22, 2011 at 12:21 pm (#

    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

  18. Jane Campbell posted on December 13, 2011 at 10:09 pm (#

    Hey! And, btw, 2 of my three girls are named Sadie and CHarlotte!!!

  19. Ann posted on March 13, 2012 at 10:21 am (#

    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.

  20. Madona posted on April 8, 2012 at 1:42 am (#

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

  21. punk punkartkaietsi posted on April 25, 2012 at 12:59 am (#

    Great idea, I’m starting right now since I only have one month till birth;-) Is the poly-fil thing safe for newborns?

  22. Julie posted on August 29, 2012 at 5:29 pm (#

    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!

  23. LC Yeang posted on March 16, 2013 at 7:23 pm (#

    Good gift ideas for babies. Thanks for the tutorial.

  24. autumn posted on October 16, 2013 at 6:07 am (#

    I love it thanks very much xxx

  25. Sally Welch posted on January 25, 2015 at 5:48 pm (#

    Please tell me where I can find the whale softie pattern. I was so excited to find it as I need to make some for a new mommy expecting twin boys and using a whale theme for their nursery.
    Thanks in advance,
    Sally Welch

  26. Leslie posted on February 12, 2015 at 1:07 pm (#

    Hi I was just looking for the whale pattern.

  27. Carol posted on March 2, 2015 at 2:41 pm (#

    I can’t find the link to print out the whale pattern????? Can you help? I’m in love with these whales! Thanks. Carol

  28. nancy posted on June 12, 2015 at 2:14 pm (#

    Love all your crafts  keep them coming! 

  29. Linda LeClair posted on July 13, 2015 at 9:11 pm (#

    where is the pattern for the whale. I have ben all through this site and cannot find the actual pattern.

    • Laura Capello posted on July 14, 2015 at 9:50 am (#

      Hi Linda! You can find the pattern at Jess’ site, here.