A free easy to sew cute koala bear sewing pattern for beginners
Looking for a simple koala bear sewing pattern you and your kids will LOVE to sew. Meet Gulla’alla, she’s a project I first designed many years ago and has been a favorite stuffed toy sewing project with the kids in my workshops ever since. Probably because she’s possibly the cutest koala you’ll ever sew. The kids seem to love the fact that she has a little one in her pouch and they refuse to go home with their mums until they have finished the baby. There can be some pretty frantic sewing going on as the mums arrive. And that’s how I learnt the importance of rule 5 of The 7 Golden Rues of Teaching Kids to Sew.
That little bikini was my daughter Yiscah’s addition when we decided to take them both to the beach where I swim for a photo shoot. Yiscah is also the source of the name “Gulla’alla”. This is how she pronounced the word “koala” when she was learning to talk.
What you need to make your koala bear softie
Koala noses (large and small)
Koala paws (large and small)
What to do
1. Download the templates here and here and here. Print and cut out. You will need to tape together the two parts of the koala bear template. Trace onto your calico. Cut the pouch from a separate piece of calico.
2. Place the calico with the traced outline face down and pin the pouch into position on the untraced side of your calico. You might need to hold the calico up to the light in order to see the outline of the koala so that you can put your pouch in the right place. I sewed my pouch on with seed beads to make it look pretty…mums need a bit of pampering just after they’ve had a baby.
3. Attach the koala nose onto the same side of the calico as the pouch.
4. Now pin the calico with the traced side facing upwards onto a piece of brown homespun. Sew them together along the traced line. Remember to leave a turning gap. Then just turn the whole thing inside out (which basically turns it right side out).
5. Push small amounts of polyester fiberfill into the koala’s head and top half of the body. Now fill the bottom half with rice grains to give the base weight. I used about a cup of rice grains for my koala softie. Slipstich the opening of the turning gap closed, add eyes, paws, and voila!
The baby is made in the same way except there’s no pouch and you don’t add rice grains to the stuffing. A baby’s nappy (ie diaper) can be made from a triangle of terry towelling and kept in place with a saftey pin or glue.
This is an abbreviated version of the koala stuffed toy pattern you’ll find in my boob Sew Together Grow Together.
If you’ve caught the sewing bug and I hope you have, you might also like these stuffed toy patterns.
Or take a look at my book Sew Together Grow Together
Happy sewing and if you make my little koala join us over on the Sew a Softie facebook page and show us!!
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