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Toy Pattern: "Mama Luv" Plushie With Zipper Pocket

Loraine loves arts and crafts and used to volunteer at an elementary art class. She loves sharing fun and easy craft tutorials.

Here's the completed Mama Luv with her baby.

Here's the completed Mama Luv with her baby.

Turn Fleece Scraps Into a Stuffed Animal With a Fun Zipper Pocket

This cute little zipper-pocketed plush toy is a perfect way to use up scraps of fleece while making a gift kids love. Mama's pocket holds her little baby so she doesn't get lost. A piece of Velcro sewn to the back of the baby attaches to the piece of Velcro sewn in the center of Mama's heart when Baby is outside the pocket.

Here are some of the supplies and cut-outs  for this toy.

Here are some of the supplies and cut-outs for this toy.

Supplies Needed

  • Fleece fabric
  • Fiberfil
  • Felt pieces
  • Lining fabric (7 1/2" x 8 1/2" rectangle)
  • Small pieces of narrow ribbon
  • 9" zipper
  • Fabric glue
  • Buttons
Make sure the right side of the fabric is visible when the pocket is open.

Make sure the right side of the fabric is visible when the pocket is open.

How to Sew the Mama

Step 1. Press under 5/8" along the long edges of the lining rectangle, toward the right side of the fabric. This will make the right side of the fabric visible when the pocket is open.

Sew in the zipper with a zipper foot.

Sew in the zipper with a zipper foot.

Step 2. Pin the zipper under the pressed seam. Open the zipper and sew the zipper in using a zipper foot. Center the zipper over the pocket and press.

Pin the pieces to the zipper sides.

Pin the pieces to the zipper sides.

Step 3. With the zipper open, pin and sew the top and bottom front pieces over the zipper sides. Do not cover the zipper teeth.

Sew the pocket to the body.

Sew the pocket to the body.

Step 4. I forgot to do this when I was sewing this sample, but now is the time to sew the heart and Velcro on the body. Be sure to keep the pocket out of the way when sewing the heart and Velcro. Close the zipper and sew the sides of the pocket to the body front.

Center the sewn arms.

Center the sewn arms.

Step 5. Center the arms, which have been sewn and turned, over the zipper.

Sew on the back.

Sew on the back.

Step 6. Lay the back body piece over the prepared front and sew, using a quarter inch seam, around the body leaving the area between the legs open.

Turn Mama Luv right side out.

Turn Mama Luv right side out.

Step 7. Turn right side out. Pull one leg through the space left open, and the rest of the fabric will follow easily.

Stuff with Fiberfil and close the opening.

Stuff with Fiberfil and close the opening.

Step 8. Stitch along the stitching line on both legs. Stuff the top of the legs and the doll with Fiberfil and slip stitch the opening closed.

Sew the face to the body, sew around the arms, and sew Velcro on the back.

Sew the face to the body, sew around the arms, and sew Velcro on the back.

How to Sew the Baby

Step 1. All seams are visible on the baby. On one of the body pieces, sew the face colored piece along the center line. Sew around the arms and add a piece of Velcro on the back body part.

Prepare to stuff.

Prepare to stuff.

Step 2. Lay a small amount of fiberfill between the front and back body pieces.

Pin the sew the body.

Pin the sew the body.

Step 3. Pin and sew around the body. Sew using a quarter inch seam.

Trim edges and stitch across the legs.

Trim edges and stitch across the legs.

Step 4. Trim seam edges and stitch across the legs on the stitching lines.

Glue on the eyes and mouth.

Glue on the eyes and mouth.

How to Finish the Mama and Baby: Faces and Clothes

Step 1. Use fabric glue to attach the white eye ovals and black pupils to Mama's face. Glue mouth piece also. Glue curl and sleeping eyes to Baby. (I had to hand stitch the heart and Velcro pieces on Mama because I had forgotten to sew them on earlier. I wrote above telling when this should have been done.)

Sew the buttonholes and buttons.

Sew the buttonholes and buttons.

Step 2. Make button holes by sewing a line of stitches, one stitch over and another line of stitches and one over. Clip between the two rows of stitching. Sew a button on the upper leg where the buttonhole matches.

The baby can hide in the mother's pocket!

The baby can hide in the mother's pocket!

How the Completed Pocket and Velcro Work

So she doesn't get lost, Baby hides in Mama's pocket.

Velcro the two toys together when the baby is outside the pocket.

Velcro the two toys together when the baby is outside the pocket.

Baby stays close to Mama's heart when she's out of her pocket.

The adorable pair.

The adorable pair.

This photo shows Baby's sweet little mouth which is stitched on with red thread. Little red bows are glued to Mama's and Baby's heads.

© 2018 Loraine Brummer