I’ve used my Janome Skyline S9 for a lot of different things – embroidery, quilting, apparel sewing, decor sewing, hemming, free motion quilting, you name it. I had no idea I could use it to make little stuffed animals using machine embroidery.
This was such a fun and easy project. There are lots of files available for stuffed animals. This cute little cat family can be found here. Just make sure you download the file for your machine (for the Janome Skyline S9 you need a JEF file).
This cute little cat family came together so quickly and easily!
To start, I set up my RE20a (6.7″ x 7.9″) hoop with a lightweight stabilizer and a light fleece fabric.
For the first part of the embroidery file, you need to have your front fabric facing right side up. The the file will outline the stuffed animal. After that step, I placed some water soluble stabilizer on top of my fabric and began embroidering the front of the cat.
Placing a water soluble stabilizer or lightweight tear-away stabilizer will help keep your embroidery stitches on top of the fabric. This is even more important if you are using a fabric that is plush.
Every time I see these little paws I can’t help but smile. Aren’t they the cutest?
This embroidery file showed 11 minutes start to finish. The longest part of the project was changing over the thread colours. If you have all your thread lined up and ready to you so you speed up the process.
Once all of the machine embroidery is done on the front of the stuffy, place your back piece of fabric over top (right side facing down) and ensure the entire outline of the cat is covered. The next step in the embroidery file will piece the front and the back of your stuffie together. The file leaves a slight opening so you can turn your stuffie right side out.
Trim close to the outline of your stuffie taking care to trim carefully around the ears as you want to try to be quite close to get all the detail.
Turn right side out, stuff with batting and hand sew the bottom to complete.
These make such cute little gifts! Of course my three year old daughter was quick to want to play with this little cat family.
I just think they are so adorable.
I made one of the little kittens into a keychain. Before the last step in the embroidery file (piecing the front and back together), I carefully placed a little tab made out of scrap leather I had on hand and attached a key ring.
Have you made any stuffies using embroidery files? We are typically known as a dog family around here so I’m definitely going to look for some dog stuffies to make next. How about your family? Cat or dog? Could you see yourself making these cute little stuffies as a little add-on gift, key chain or even as a gift tag for presents and gift giving?