How to Make a Stuffed Animal Mole

    CRAFTS CLASSES
    TO INSPIRE CREATIVITY
    by Cyndee Kromminga

    About the Author

    Based in the Midwest, Cyndee Kromminga has been writing craft and interior design articles for 15 years. Her articles and craft designs have appeared in Crafting Traditions Magazine, Easy Holiday Crafting Series-House of White Birches Newsletter and Country Woman Christmas Books. Kromminga's education is in interior design and she has experience operating a craft and design business for more than 20 years.

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    There are many party favor ideas for children's parties, but few are more original than a whimsical stuffed animal mole. This simple rendition of a mole is a perfect handout for an arcade/pizza party, where "Whack-A-Mole" is a common game. The kids will go home with a fuzzy reminder of the great time they had. This stuffed animal mole craft is an easy and quick project, requiring only minor sewing skills.

    Things You'll Need

    • Gift-wrap paper
    • Ruler
    • Pencil
    • Quarter
    • Scissors
    • Black plush felt, 1 craft sheet
    • Straight pins
    • Pink felt scrap
    • Off-white felt, 1 craft sheet
    • Sewing machine (optional)
    • Pink yarn, small amount
    • Stuffing
    • Needle and thread

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    Trace a 4-inch wide by 6-inch long rectangle on the back of gift-wrap paper. Put a mark at the center of each 6-inch side and one of the 4-inch sides (this will be the top). Draw a line connecting the 6-inch side marks to the mark on the top 4-inch side. Round the corners on the bottom 4-inch side. Curve the edges of the 6-inch sides, where they connect at the halfway mark. The new shape will resemble a bottom heavy teardrop. Cut the shape out. This is the pattern of your mole's body. Place the pattern on the gift wrap paper again and trace around the pointed end 1 inch from the top. Remove the body pattern, and draw a line to finish the bottom of the drawn triangle. This is the pattern for your mole's nose.

    Double the black plush felt with the plush sides together. Pin the mole's body pattern through both layers and cut out. Cut 2 nose pieces from the pink felt. Trace a quarter on the off-white felt 4 times for the feet and cut out. Cut a piece of pink yarn 4 inches long.

    Lay out each body piece, plush side up. Place a pink nose over the pointed end of each body piece and pin. Position the center of each foot on the edge of one body. The back feet should each be 1 1/2 inches from the back and the front feet should be 2 inches from the nose end. Pin the feet. Lay one end of the yarn tail on the center back edge of one piece of the mole body with the yarn extending onto the body, to be sandwiched in between the two body pieces. Layer the body pieces with the plush sides together and pin.

    Sew around the mole body, pulling the pins out as you sew, using a 1/4-inch seam allowance. Leave a 2-inch opening along one side. Trim the seam around the nose to an 1/8 inch. Turn the mole right side out through the opening. Stuff the mole and hand-sew the opening closed.

    • If you prefer, the mole can be entirely hand-sewn.

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