How To Make Our Fabric Fish

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Here’s one of our favourite maritime-inspired makes, and you can find lots more arts and crafts projects that you can try at home here on the Seasalt Blog.

You will need:

  • 2 different fabrics (felt is best for the head, fins and tail, and cotton for the body)
  • Scissors
  • Pinking shears (optional)
  • Pins
  • Needle and thread
  • Sewing machine (optional)
  • 2 buttons
  • Fabric stuffing
  • Fish template – print and cut ours here

What to do:

Fold the cotton fabric so you can cut out both sides of the body at once. Lay the body template on the  fabric and cut out. You now have two cotton body shapes.

Lay the head, fin and tail templates onto the felt, draw around and cut out.

Optional: Trim the top and side fins with pinking shears to create a decorative edge.

Stitch six rows up the tail piece to give a fish tail appearance.

Sew some decorative lines along the top fin.

Stitch the side fins on to the body pieces. Then pin the heads to the outside of the bodies, facing inwards. Stitch on.

Fold out the heads and lay the rest of the fins (except tails) on the outside of the bodies. Pin and stitch on to the bodies.

Fold each side of the tail into the middle and pin it together to hold the shape.

Put both halves of the bodies together facing inwards, so all the fins match up and when you have sewn around the outside of the fish, it will be inside out.

Pin together and stitch around the body about 1cm from the edge, leaving a 5cm gap on the bottom edge, so you can turn it right side out and stuff it.

When you get to the tail section, push the folded tail inside and sew along the edge of the tail to secure it into the body, just as you did with the fins.

Turn the whole fish the right way out. Bring the tail out first (watch out for that pin!) and then the head.

Stuff your fish from the head first, making sure to push the stuffing right into the corners and pad him out into a nice shape.

Sew up your stuffing hole and finish your fish by stitching a button eye to each side.

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