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handmade ladybird softie



2 pieces of fabric 7.5x10cm, for the body

1 piece of felt 7.5x10cm, for the wings

1 piece of felt 2.5x5cm, for the eyes

2 small buttons, for the eyes

sewing thread

embroidery thread (eg, pearl cotton 8)


small pebble to add weight


plus the usual needle, pins, scissors etc




1. Cut a body shape using the template, from each of the fabric pieces, place them both right sides together and pin. Sew round the edge, using the sewing thread (by hand using backstitch or you can use a sewing machine), leaving the turning gap open. Turn the body right side round, stuff with a little of the stuffing, then pop in the pebble to give the ladybird a little weight to it. Continue to stuff until it is almost full then fold in the raw edges of the turning gap and sew it closed.

2. Cut 2 eye circles from the smallest piece of felt. Hold one in position on the body (the opposite end to where the turning gap was), and anchor in place by attaching it on with one of the small buttons. Repeat for the other eye. Cut 2 wings from the other piece of craft felt and attach one to the body using the embroidery thread and small random straight stitches along the short straight edge. Flip the other wing and attach in the same way so both wings line up as indicated on the template.


3. Add some french knots dotted around each of the wings. To do this, anchor your embroidery thread to the ladybird’s body with a knot underneath one of the wings. Bring the thread up through the wing, wrap it round the needle 3 times and then take the thread back down through the body, coming up where you want the next stitch to appear, pulling the previous french knot tight as you go. Add some antennae by passing a short length of embroidery thread through the head from one side to the other, just above each eye.  Remove the needle and tie a knot in each end of the thread trimming each end if needs be.

t e m p l a t e s   etc...

click the download button below for the template pdf

ladybird3 templates amyadams whip up.jpg
ladybird softie sewing pattern
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