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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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Penny the Fish

from Abby Glassenberg Design
(9) Name: 'Sewing : Penny the Fish
Penny the Fish
Penny the Fish
Penny the Fish

Basic Skills Necessary:

  • Sew a straight stitch on a sewing machine.
  • Topstitch.
  • Baste.
  • Sew two pieces right sides together.
  • Ladder stitch.

Pattern Description:

Penny is a soft and huggable fish. She's fun and easy to sew and would make a great summer birthday gift for a child you know, or maybe for yourself (it's okay to play with stuffed animals even when you're a grown-up).

This free pattern is perfect for a beginner who is looking to try out soft toy making. With just a little bit of fabric and an hour or two of time you'll be able to create an adorable, unique toy you'll love!

Sizing / Finished Measurements:

  • Finished fish is approximately 9 inches long.


  • 1/4 yard of fleece for the head, tail and fins
  • scraps of two other colors of fleece for the body
  • felt scraps in orange and white
  • 1 pair of 8mm safety eyes
  • fiberfill stuffing, 3.4 ounces
  • coordinating all-purpose thread

You Will Also Need:

  • disappearing fabric marker or chalk
  • scissors
  • pins
  • embroidery needle
  • hand sewing neelde
  • optional: awl for poking holes for the eyes and craft knife for cutting the lip slit

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