This time I’m checking another classic animal off my list <3 I can’t believe I’ve been making patterns for so many years and haven’t tackled a turtle yet! I kept this one sort of simple and sweet with a tiny little body and a big chibi head 😀 For a bit of customization you can make yours with little stubby arms for a land turtle or flat fins for a sea turtle!
Doing the hexagons on the shell requires some y-seams, but I think they’re good practice since the shapes are very basic and geometric. The edge of the turtle shell is also tricky to sew because it’s so curvy, but you can also skip it and the turtle will look just fine. Overall I rated it a 3/10.
The original pattern comes with applique templates for either a smiling face or a face with tiny nostrils, but there are embroidery files as well! They are able to fit on 4” x 4” machines when the design goes across the diagonal, so be sure to look out for that in the files and the instructions. And for some extra fun, I included some flower designs for the shell pieces too! I thought they were a nice touch. I hope you all enjoy it!
24 thoughts on “Free Pattern Friday! Turtle Plush”
Love turltes! Thank You
Thank you so much. Another cutie!
Oh my gosh this is so adorable!! What other classic animals are on your list? (Is there maybe elephants on there??)
There is! I’ll probably make a poll later this year based on all the requests I’ve gotten so far 🙂 But other frequent requests during 2019 have been hippos, chinchillas, hedgehogs, bumblebees, opossums, tigers, and more types of dinosaurs ♥
Oh yes, Hippos and hedgehogs ♥♥♥ And some pokemon will be great too 😀
Beautiful! I must ask: How did you do the patterns on the back? Was that via an embroidery machine, regular machine, or hand-sew?
Thank you! The designs on the back were done with machine embroidery 😀 The shell files are bundled in with the face embroidery files ♥
Ah, thanks! I’ll save that for when I get an embroidery machine.
This is so cute!! I’m with Kay, elephants …or pigs? Thanks for creating these patterns for us!
Oh my gosh, I never even thought of piggies! Can you imagine a cute little piepald babe??
Sure! I can add pigs to the list ♥
I love turtles! Thank you so much!
This is absolutely adorable. Can’t wait to try it. Thank you for sharing your pattern. I, too, am wondering if you have a patterns for pigs and elephants. I love your horse & unicorn patterns.
Thank you so much! I don’t have any patterns for elephants or pigs yet, but I’ll certainly add them to the list ♥ Thank you for the suggestion!
I can’t wait to see what you come up with!
Thank you!! The turtle looks sooo cute!!
Thank you !!!
What is the meaning of NAP on the pattern ?
The nap is the direction of the fur on the pattern 🙂 If you were to brush or pet it like an animal, it’s the direction that feels smooth and natural. You can find a little more about it on page 5 of the instructions, and a lot more about it in this tutorial: https://cholyknight.com/2016/04/07/fabric-anatomy-and-cutting/
i loved this pattern! also do you think you could make a free chicken pattern?
Thank you for the suggestion!
Thank you so much for these wonderful free patterns! I have never made plushies successfully before, and now I am improving! This is the 3rd one i’ve made and it turned out great! I can’t wait to pick some out of your shop!!!
Oh wow, that looks amazing! So fluffy! Thank you so much for sharing! ♥