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Brave Lion Pattern

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(9) Name: 'Sewing : Brave Lion Pattern
Brave Lion Pattern
Brave Lion Pattern
Brave Lion Pattern
Brave Lion Pattern

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Sewing straight seams, back-stitching (and when to use) with a sewing machine. (Standard sewing skills)
  • Ability to adjust length and width of zig zag stitch on your sewing machine for attaching the nose, belly and heart on.
  • Experience with basic hand embroidery stitches to embroider the face, as well as how to separate embroidery floss and thread a needle.
  • Using a ladder stitch to close lion opening if you don't want the seam to show (optional)
  • Pressing with an iron to fold in seam allowances.
  • Some experience using fusible interfacing is helpful, but not required.

Pattern Description:

I made this lion for my daughter, after she convinced me into making it by saying (while feverish and sick) that she needed a lion because "lions brave, ROAR!"

The pattern is a 12 page pattern (including 3 pages of templates) with over 35 color pictures illustrating the steps. It's a pretty simple pattern, but because it involves small seam allowances you'll need to have good control of your machine or it can be a bit tricky. The lion itself is about 18 inches from mane to toe, is stuffed with polyfil, and great for hugs.

As with most of my patterns, this pattern is ok for use for the cottage industry sewer. You can make lions for your own personal use, to give as gifts, or to sell (as long as you credit Snugglebug University for the design and are not mass producing it). The pattern itself cannot be copied or resold.

Because of the digital nature of this pattern, I can't offer refunds. However, if you find something to be unclear, I'd be more than happy to clarify anything via email. You can contact me at snugglebuguniversity (At) gmail.com .

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Lion measure about 18 inches tall from mane to toe


  • Basic sewing machine with regular presser foot.
  • Needle and embroidery floss for hand embroidering the face on
  • Iron and ironing board.
  • Scissors for cutting fabric and for cutting paper.
  • Fabric marker for marking the face. (optional)

You Will Also Need:

  • Fabric for lion. I like to vary the types of fabric used to add different textures to the lion. A belly and nose made of thin corduroy are excellent!) Any fabric that's not overly stretchy works well for the lion body. I've had good luck with velour, fleece, terry, and minky fabrics. Light weight fabric works well for the lion "shoes" and fleece is excellent for the lion's mane. Make sure you note whether or not your fabric can be ironed, as this will determine your interfacing choice. Prewash your fabrics if you plan to wash your lion in the future. Measurements: 4 inch x16 inch piece of fleece for lion's mane, 1/2 yard for lion's body, scrap pieces for shoes, nose, and tummy piece.
  • Polyfill stuffing
  • Embroidery floss for embroidering the face and around the tummy
  • Fusible interfacing such as Pellon Wonder Under

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