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Turtle Softie Tutorial

It is my stop on the International Sew A Softie Blog Tour. A wonderful initiative started by my friend Trixi Seymonds to teach and inspired children around the world to sew! As you know, it is also the passion behind Bee Sew Inspired, and I have been involved with Sew A Softie every year for the last 4 years since it was started internationally! If you’d like to see more Sew A Softie tutorials from other makers, head to her Instagram, or join the Facebook group for daily updates and links for the entire month of July.

A few weeks back, we were on a family hike and noticed a number of turtles sunning themselves on the log. My youngest daughter was fascinated with them and throughout the hike she gave each of them a name!!! That is when I decided that I would design a Turtle Softie Tutorial to help teach children to sew. I thought, if my daughter was so interested in turtles I am sure other children are as well.

You can sew this Turtle either by hand or sewing machine. I sewed them both ways. However, I will give the tutorial in the hand-sewing version so it is a quick and accessible project for beginner sewists. If you make the Turtle Stuffie with your children or grandchildren, or even on your own, please tag me at @beesewinspired so I can reshare and tag you back! Let's get started.

What You Need:

FREE Turtle Template

Turtle Template
Download PDF • 94KB
Turtle Template Cut Files
Download ZIP • 37KB

Benzie Wool Blend Felt (in a variety of citrus colors and white)

(use the code "BEESEWINSPIRED" at checkout for 10% off your first purchase at Benzie)

Scraps of your favorite cotton fabrics (I used the green and teal colorways of Stitch by Lori Holt for Riley Blake Designs - I thought it was perfect since we are teaching children to sew!)

Embroidery Thread in matching colors

Hand sewing needle


Small amount of Polyester Fiber Fill


1. Download the FREE Turtle Pattern designed by Bee Sew Inspired. You can choose either the PDF Pattern to hand cut your shapes, or the SV