Hello friends, this is Jennifer Long from Bee Sew Inspired, back with a fun and quick softie craft!!!
Stuffed Fabric Apple Softies
One of my favorite times of the year is apple season! I think of all the fun yummy smells and warm baking like apple butter in the slow cooker, Dutch apple pie, apple turnovers and those delicious apple crumble breakfast muffins. Even fresh and smooth apple sauce!
Can you just smell the apple and cinnamon aroma in the air? This is why we’ve decided to create this stuffed apple tutorial with cinnamon stick stems. They are so beautiful for home decor all season, and the bonus is, that you get to enjoy the wonderful smell of cinnamon!
You can make these apple stuffies as scrappy as you like, or all one color. If you don’t have cinnamon sticks on hand that’s okay, just use a small twig instead if you’re aching to get this project done to decorate your home for the Fall season. The pattern template comes in three sizes, download the template, select the size you want to make choose your fabric!
If you love apples as much as I do, you are invited to join me this September for a FREE Apple Sew-Along! September is Apple Season month at Bee Sew Inspired and we are making “An apple a day!” Come and join us for one or all of the days this month and make some sweet, fabric apples. Join the Apple Season SAL HERE.
Let’s get creative! Just gather the supplies below, then download the pattern/files. Don’t forget to share your project on social media using the hashtag #beesewinspired and tag @beesewinspired.
Sewing Machine or Embroidery Machine
Iron and Wool Mat
Hand sewing needle
Green Benzie Wool Blend Felt (use the code “BEESEWINSPIRED” at checkout for 10% off your first purchase at Benzie)
1. Download the Apple Pattern designed by Bee Sew Inspired HERE and enter the code “APPLETEMPLATES” or “APPLESVG”. You can choose either the PDF Pattern to hand cut your shapes, or the SVG Cut File and follow the directions to have your Cricut Maker cut the felt shapes. Make sure to use your rotary blade and set the fabric to felt. Use the template to cut out six panels in total.
2. Fuse the Heat-N-Bond Fleece to the wrong side of your decorative fabrics BEFORE cutting the shape. This will help keep the fabric stable while cutting out the curved edges. Choose fabrics in two designs or up to six if you want each panel to be different.
3. Using the templates cut out the apple shape.
4. Take two adjacent panels and place right sides together. Stitch down one edge using a 1/4″ seam allowance.
5. Repeat until all six panels are joined together, with the fabrics alternating. To join the fruit up, stitch the edges of the first and last panels together. Stitch down from the top and stop around 1/2″ from the end, to leave a hole for the filling.
6. Turn your apple right side out so it is ready to be filled. Don’t underestimate how much toy filling you need! Keep pushing wisps in until it’s tightly packed. Here is the trick: BEFORE you close your apple opening in the next step, insert a cinnamon stick into the center of the apple. Push through all the stuffing so it is well secured and stable.
7. Oversew the gap to close it and finish off securely. I like to use an invisible ladder stitch.
8. Knot and secure your thread but leave a nice long end ready to attach leaf with a few discreet stitches. And there you have it – one perfect apple!
Your Stuffed Apple is complete!
I hope you enjoyed making this little, stuffed apple with me! Don’t forget to download the pattern (Bonus is it comes in 3 sizes! YAY!)
Jennifer Long grew up training to be a professional ballet dancer. She taught ballet and ran her own dance studio all the while sewing and designing costumes for herself and many of her collages and students. Jennifer is married and lives on a rural acreage in Prairie Canada with her husband and 4 children. She sold her studio to raise to raise her children and wanted to find dolls and toys for her children with healthy body images. She immersed herself Modern Rag Doll design and soon found she had a unique set of skills for Doll Making from all the years of costume design and aesthetic skills from the dance training. Her love of color and fabric has led her to become a professional Modern Rag Doll Designer and Quilt Pattern Designer designing not only under her own label (Bee Sew Inspired), but also for authors, fabric designers and International Companies around the world! Jennifer remains passionate about teaching and is the founder of two FREE educational FB groups Inspired Doll Making and Inspired Quilt Making. Come join her on this creative journey!!!
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