Friday, March 27, 2015

DIY Girl's Purse From A Stuffed Animal

I made this sweet bunny purse for my daughter just in time for Easter but you could use any stuffed animal for this cute project!

DIY Purse From A Stuffed Animal >> Over The Apple Tree

DIY Purse From A Stuffed Animal >> Over The Apple Tree

DIY Purse From A Stuffed Animal >> Over The Apple Tree

DIY Purse From A Stuffed Animal >> Over The Apple Tree

So I wanted to do this after I saw some really cute animal purses at Target. I got to thinking, maybe I could make one with an old stuffed animal. So often kids end up with more stuffed animals than they can ever play with. What a cool way to hold on to a cherished toy and re-purpose it into a fun bag. If you can't bring yourself to cut up one of your own stuffed animals, you can check out the thrift store. I know most people aren't into buying used stuffed animals, but take a look, you never know! I found this bunny at the thrift store. It was clean and in good shape. After a bath in the washing machine she's good as new! 

When deciding on the animal to use, keep in mind the shape and position of animal. It's going to be hanging there by a strap. You want something that is going to look natural and not like it's hanging on for dear life! This bunny wouldn't have been my first choice. I was actually looking for a dog or cat but this was all I could find at the thrift store that day.

I found a couple tutorials online on how to sew in the zipper and lining. I put mine together by following this one. She even used a bunny too! Here are a couple more to check out...My Darling Rainbow and Knitting-and

DIY Purse From A Stuffed Animal >> Over The Apple Tree

What you need:
  • stuffed animal
  • zipper
  • something for strap(I used a belt also from thrift store)
  • fabric for lining


In the tutorial I followed, after cutting the opening for the zipper she flipped it right inside out and and sewed the lining and zipper. I wish it was so easy for me! I had to use a combination of sewing machine and hand sewing. It was a bit of a fight! After some harsh words, I figured it out and the bunny and I made up. 

DIY Purse From A Stuffed Animal >> Over The Apple Tree

Finish sewing the straps on before closing the lining

DIY Purse From A Stuffed Animal >> Over The Apple Tree

DIY Purse From A Stuffed Animal >> Over The Apple Tree

DIY Purse From A Stuffed Animal >> Over The Apple Tree

I can't wait to try this again with a different animal. My daughter LOVES purses!

DIY Purse From A Stuffed Animal >> Over The Apple Tree

DIY Purse From A Stuffed Animal >> Over The Apple Tree

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36 comments:

  1. Did you remove all of the stuffing or did you leave some in the face and paws? If so, did it stay in or shift around?

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    1. Hi Jo! Yes I left the stuffing in the head and paws. It's stayed put so far. It was in there pretty tight so I'm not really worried about it.

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  2. Really adorable! Thanks for sharing this lovely project!
    Hope you have a wonderful Easter!
    Hugs from Portugal,
    Ana Love Craft
    www.lovecraft2012.blogspot.com

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    1. Thanks Ana! You have a great holiday as well!

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  3. Oh wow...this is so cute! :)

    Thanks for joining the Link Up this week!

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  4. wow such a great idea! I know the granddaughter has a zillion stuffed critters and I am sure she would love one or three turned into purses! So fun! Thanks for the inspiration and partying with us at Snickerdoodle Sunday! I hope you will also link up to our upcycle link party on Friday!

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    1. I link up regularly at Snickerdoodle Sunday, don't know how I could have missed the Friday party! I have lots of upcycling posts to share! Thanks for taking the time to say hi ;-)

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  5. Great idea - definitely something to think about when making new Cuddlies! Great way to recycle toys who are looking for adoptive homes! Thanks for sharing the idea.

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    1. Thank you so much for stopping by Isobel!

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    1. Thanks Katherine! I can't wait to try another one soon!

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    2. Thank you for sharing at the Thursday Favorite Things blog hop. xo

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  7. wow! You make it look so easy to make. Such an adorable idea.

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    1. I wouldn't say it was hard or easy, definitely took some patience! Thanks for stopping by Audra!

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  8. Cute! Cute! Cute! Love it!
    Thank you so much for sharing with us on Brag About It!
    ~Laurie
    www.myhusbandhastoomanyhobbies.blogspot.com

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  9. This is so adorable!! thank you for sharing on our bowdabrablog linkz party!!!

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    1. Thanks so much for hosting the party and for featuring my purse this week!

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  10. This is adorable? Thanks for sharing at the Inspiration Spotlight
    Party. Sharing, pinned. Hope to see you again soon! Have a great Easter! Theresa @DearCreatives

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  11. This looks amazing! You are so talented. Pinned and tweeted. Thanks for being a part of our party. I hope to see you on Monday at 7 pm. Happy Easter! Lou Lou Girls

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    1. Thanks Kim! Have a great Easter!

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  12. What a cute idea! I love the strap. It gives it a bit of a bohemian flare. You are very creative. I never would have thought to do this! Love it. Followed you over from Fridays Unfolded.

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    1. I love the belt too, that was an awesome thrift store find! Have a great Easter Erica!

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  13. Oh my goodness, this is the best i've seen so far. Taking a fave stuffed toy and making it into a bag is handsdown the best idea !

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    1. Glad you like it Agy, thanks so much for stopping by!

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  14. This is so cute, and such a great idea! Now if only I was comfortable sewing zippers... lol

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    1. Zippers aren't my favorite either. The fur is a little frustrating to sew, but at least it hides messy seams!

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  15. This is soo cute! The bunny looks just darling as a purse... I always love the little animal bags but this is way sweeter!

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  16. If ONLY I could sew better. My daughter LOVES little pet purses and this would be so perfect. Genius idea! Featuring tonight at Trash 2 Treasure Tuesday. :)

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    1. That's great Kammy! Thank you so much!

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  17. So cute ! I'm featuring you this week at Friday Favorites!

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    1. That's great news Heather! Thank you so much!

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  18. What an awesome idea! I can't believe it never occurred to me before. I want to make a ridiculous amount of these! Thank you for sharing it on Craft Frenzy Friday. I have recommended it for a feature.

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    1. That sound great Charlie, thank you so much!

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