Sew a narwhal softie with this beginning hand sewing projects for kids, or, anyone learning how to sew. Hand sewing projects like this narwhal whale softie, also make a great gift idea for kids!
Join the sew a softie initiative with this fun and easy narwhal softie sewing project for kids and beginners of all ages.
Sew a Softie began in July of 2016 to help parents and teachers with simple techniques, materials, and patterns they could use for sewing projects with their children and students.
Share your love of sewing with your child, learn to sew with your child, or have your child act as an ambassador to other children learning to sew with “sew a softie” this year!
Learn more about Sew a Softie Here!
Related: Pocket Pet Mouse Sewing Project
How to Sew a Narwhal Softie
This will be our third year of participating in the sew a softie initiative. The first year that my daughter and I participated we sewed a pocket pet mouse, and the second year we sewed these cute little plush lovebirds. Click on the links to see the tutorials!
This year, my daughter wanted to sew a narwhal whale softie, so we made a simple sewing pattern and now you can sew one too!
My daughter loves narwhal whales, the unicorns of the sea. She fell in love with them as we read the “Emily Windsnap Book Series” together. She became enamored with narwals when I read the fifth book in the series aloud to her.
In it, we learned that narwals are rare magical creatures with special powers. We don’t know if the last part is true, but we like to believe it is! Life is better with the power of belief and a little magic–don’t you think?
Narwhal Sewing Supplies
- Acrylic felt, wool blend felt, or 100% wool felt
- Narwal Sewing Pattern
- Fabric pen with disappearing ink
- Craft scissors and small sewing scissors
- Sewing pins
- Large eye hand sewing needles
- Cotton embroidery floss or a high quality 50 weight cotton thread
- Gold or silver embroidery floss
- Cotton or wool filler
More of our favorite sewing supplies can be found HERE!
Narwhal Sewing Project Step by Step Directions
Step 1 – Download and print the free pattern, or, draw your own narwhal whale sewing pattern
Step 2 – Cut out the narwhal and fin to create a sewing template
Use a pair of craft scissors to cut the whale body and fin out of the cardstock to create a narwal sewing template.
Tip: We like to put our templates in a manilla file folder and reuse them again and again.
Notice how we used the heart shaped-wing from our lovebird sewing project to make the fin for the narwhal. As my daughter and I were designing the narwhal sewing pattern we found the heart wing and thought it looked just as lovely as a whale fin, so we traced it to use for our narwhal softie!
Step 3 – Trace the narwhale whale and heart fin patterns onto a sheet of felt and cut
Choose complementing or contrasting colors of felt fabric, or another fabric, for the body and the fin of the whale. Use a pen with disappearing ink to trace the narwal template onto the felt.
Next, cut the whale and heart-shaped fin out of the felt.
Note: Make sure you cut the narwal out of the felt before the disappearing ink is gone. This is NOT a step you can complete and set aside to complete later because the ink can disappear!
Step 4 – Sew a heart-shaped fin onto each narwal half
Thread a large eye hand sewing needle with cotton embroidery thread or a high quality 50 weight cotton thread. Use a running stitch as shown, or a whip stitch to hand sew each heart-shaped fin onto each half of the felt narwhal.
Step 5 – Add an eye onto each side of the whale softie
There are several ways to hand sew an eye onto a softie. Use your favorite method or any of the ideas listed below.
- Sew on a button to use for an eye
- Hand sew a circular eye with satin stitch
- Sew a half-closed eye
We used a disappearing ink pen to draw simple half-closed eyes and embroidery floss to sew them onto our narwhal softies. If you would like to try this method, draw a wide “U” shape between the tusk and the heart-shaped fin and place a few marks along it to create the look of lashes. Next, use embroidery floss to sew over the simple lines created for each eye.
Step 6 – Pin the two halves of the narwhal together
Step 7 -Use satin stitch to sew the spiraling narwhal tusk
Start sewing satin stitch at the base of the narwhal tusk. (Don’t forget to hide your knot inside the softie as shown in the photo tutorial below.)
Make sure your stitches are showing up on both sides to fill both the front and back of the narwhal tusk. Continue to hand sew each stitch as close as you can get to the last all the way to the tip of the narwhal tusk.
Once you reach the tip, continue to add satin stitches all the way back down to the base of the tusk (on both sides) in order to fill in the gaps, and, give the narwhal tusk the appearance that it is spiraling.
We used metallic gold embroidery floss to sew each narwhal tusk, but a complementary or contrasting color would also look nice.
Step 8 – Sew the two halves of the narwhal softie together and stuff
Use a running stitch, whip stitch, or blanket stitch to hand sew the two sides of the narwhal plush toy together.
Start sewing the narwhal softie together starting on the bottom of tip of the narwhal tail. (Pictured in photo tutorial below.) This will make it possible to fill the body and the tail of the narwal without much trouble.
Stop a few points along the way to fill the narwhal softie as shown in the photo tutorial, and don’t forget to fill this plush narwhal toy all the way up before you sew it up completely.
Narwhal Plush Toy Step by Step Photo Tutorial
Narwhal Softie Beginning Sewing Project with Pattern
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