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I am a plush pattern designer, craft book author, and sewing teacher. I design patterns for stuffed animals from my home studio in Wellesley, Massachusetts. Sewing dolls and toys is my passion! I ...

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Animal Rattles

from Abby Glassenberg Design
(9) Name: 'Sewing : Animal Rattles
Animal Rattles
Animal Rattles
Animal Rattles
Animal Rattles
Animal Rattles

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Sew a straight stitch on your sewing machine.
  • Basic hand stitches such as running stitch and ladder stitch.
  • Sew two pieces right sides together.
  • Pinning.

Pattern Description:

Sew an animal rattle for a special baby and you're sure to get a big hug! This sewing pattern will show you have to make these super soft, adorable animal rattles!

You get all three patterns in one: a kitty, a duck, and an elephant! The ring shaped body of these rattles makes them easy for baby to grasp and hold and the rattle inside the head keeps baby's attention. I'm a mom of three little girls and I know from experience that babies love these rattles!

Need a rattle insert? I sell them in packs of three right here: https://www.etsy.com/listing/103111487/3-pack-of-rattle-inserts

The finished rattle is 6 inches x 4 inches and is machine washable.

Step-by-step photos and clear written directions help you each step of the way. You'll be able to make this sweet handmade baby gift with ease!

I sew these rattle with either fleece or cuddle fabrics like minky. You'll need less than 1/4 yard per rattle and will have some scraps leftover.

I like polyester fiberfill stuffing for baby toys because it's easy to find at fabric and craft stores, it's inexpensive and easy to work with, and it's machine washable.

To make these rattles you'll need basic sewing supplies such as a needle, all-purpose thread, pins, and scissors. I recommend machine sewing toys for babies for strong, sturdy seams, but careful hand-sewing is also an option.

The Animal Rattle pattern was designed by me, Abby Glassenberg, and is copyrighted 2012. All rights reserved. It is illegal to distribute this pattern electronically or in hard copy without my permission.


You can sell items made from this pattern as long as you follow these regulations:

1. Keep a copy of your receipt as proof of purchase.
2. The items cannot be mass-produced. They must be made by hand, one at a time.
3. Items must be made only by the individual who purchased the pattern.
4. Credit is given to Abby Glassenberg as the pattern designer on a tag affixed to each item and, if selling online, the listing (on Etsy, etc.) must contain a direct link to where the pattern can be purchased.
5. You may make alterations to the pattern, but you must still link to the original pattern and credit Abby Glassenberg on the item's tags and listings.

Thank you!

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Finished rattle is 6" x 4" and is machine washable.


  • 6" x 26" scrap of fleece or cuddle fabric such as minky
  • 6" x 12" scraps of contrasting color fleece or cuddle fabric such as minky
  • All-purpose thread to match
  • Polyester fiberfill stuffing, 2 ounces
  • Either black felt scraps or 18 inches of black embroidery floss
  • 18 inches of grey embroidery floss
  • Rattle insert (optional)

You Will Also Need:

  • Pins
  • Disappearing fabric marker
  • Scissors
  • Hand sewing needle