I love upcycling, and since having my daughter, I’ve discovered a whole new upcycling world: toys! It’s so satisfying to transform an old piece of clothing or fabric into an adorable soft toy, and I’m certainly getting better with each project I undertake.
This super cute Woodland Glove Squirrel is pretty easy to make using a warm winter glove. All you need is a glove, some stuffing (I use Hobby Fill), pipe cleaners, buttons, and a needle and thread, plus whatever additional bits and pieces you want to decorate the creature with. I used some stripey fabric for a scarf, and some pink felt for a nose.
2. Start with the head; hand stitch up the side and the diagonal opening, then turn inside out and fill with stuffing. Stitch the opening closed to contain the stuffing, but leave two holes on either end. These are where you will insert the ears.
3. Curl the ear in your hand, as pictured, and insert into one of the holes in the head. Hand stitch thoroughly into place, and repeat with the other ear.
4. Next, take the body segment and stitch up the feet and open side right up to the top, but leaving the top open to add your stuffing.
Turn inside out and insert a loop of pipe cleaner into each leg. These will make the squirrel’s legs bendy! Fill the body with stuffing (over-fill it if you can, as the stuffing will naturally compress over time).
5. Set aside the body and take the two arm pieces and fill with stuffing. Stitch each one closed at the end, then sew them onto the body, using a button to keep it in place and cover the joining stitch.
7. Make the tail of the squirrel by stitching up the side of the glove’s thumb, leaving one small opening in the end. Insert a looped pipe cleaner as you did for the legs, and fill with stuffing. Curve the tail into the shape you like and stitch it onto the body using a button, as you did for the arms.
8. Characterise your squirrel however you please – this is the fun part! For mine, I used buttons for eyes, stitching pupils on with dark blue thread. I chose a pink felt circle for the nose, stitching right around to make sure my baby can’t chew it off. Clothing is optional for squirrels, but mine wears a cute pink scarf. On second thoughts, a cape would’ve been pretty adorable, too, or a pair of shorts.
Easy! This toy took me about 2.5 hours to make (while watching a movie), but I’m sure you could do it faster. Thanks to Bored Panda for my inspiration.
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