Meet Turtle

Here is another project I made this week. This cute turtle was made with the free pattern, Myrtle the Purl Turtle, from Purl Soho. What a fun tutorial this is.

The shell is a piece from Flea Market Fancy by Denyse Schmidt. I love this fabric and have had it on the shelf for a bit now. I used a linen blend by Andover (available in my shop) for the head and the tops of the feet (or are they paws?) The linen adds a great textural component. Along those lines, the wool felt used for the belly is so soft, adding yet another texture. Two black buttons were sewn on for the eyes. The pattern doesn’t include a mouth. I thought about it for a bit but didn’t come up with a way to add a mouth that I liked. So, eyes only it is!!

Putting the turtle together was really simple. Stuffing the turtle was another story altogether. I couldn’t get the seams at the feet and head stuffed to my liking. If I really packed in the stuffing, everything got really stiff and lost the cozy appeal I wanted. But when I loosened the stuffing these little creases developed. After playing around with it for a while, I opted for the creases and the softer stuffing.

Turtle makes a handy foot rest.

I was happy to see my grand daughter’s excitement when I gave her the turtle. She patiently watched as I sewed the eyes on and then she happily took ownership! I tried to get her to name the turtle but she is too young and just didn’t get it. She calls it Turtle and that is good enough for me.

Sweetest little toes ever.

If you haven’t tried making a stuffed animal, this is a fun one to start with. The joins at the neck are a little tricky but other than that, easy peasy. Thanks to Purl Soho for this fun pattern. They have several other cute stuffed animal patterns (a teddy bear, super cute bunny, penguin and a cat) on their site that I look forward to trying. If you have any stuffed animal patterns you’ve used, I would love to hear about it. Always looking for the next project, right??

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12 thoughts on “Meet Turtle

  1. Kaholly

    Turtle is adorable! Thanks for the link. There are times when I wished I had a relatively simple softie to make. I like to gift books to children but I like to pair each book with something related…a soft toy, a pillowcase…I’m heading over to Purl’s site right now to check it out. If it’s granddaughter-approved, that’s good enough for me! XO

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    1. Bernie Post author

      That is such a good idea – to find a coordinated book and stuffed animal. I think you will enjoy making these. It is also amazing how far one bag of poly stuffing goes! There is a ton in there. Have fun Karen.

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  2. Wendy

    Those little toes with the turtle are so cute! What fun that H loved the turtle; it makes all the work of putting it together worth it, right?! My grandmother made frogs for all of her grandkids. I still have mine tucked away somewhere. Hers were filled with either rice or birdseed (the birdseed ones were either tossed or emptied, I think). I inherited the patterns, and seeing the turtle makes me want to pull one out and make it. Enjoy your time with H!

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    1. Bernie Post author

      There is a frog on Purl Soho too and it looks like it is also filled with something like rice. That would be fun – kind of like those beanie babies that were popular a while ago?

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  3. JanineMarie

    So sweet—and who knew it could be a footrest? I think Turtle is a great name. And I like how the feet came out with the little creases. They do look like turtle feet. It looks like your time with H is going wonderfully—and you even have authentic seasonal weather!

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    1. Bernie Post author

      Seasonal weather for sure!! Yesterday we went for a long walk down town. I mentioned it was such a nice morning out – Andrew laughed and said mom, it is only 36 out. If I was home, I would not choose to go for a walk when it is 36 out. But after walking in much colder weather, it seemed pleasant. However, today it is super windy and that makes it too uncomfortable – so we are inside today! Doesn’t matter tho – it’s still tons of fun. We played with a glue stick today – I cut up pictures from a mail catalogue and she loved it. Simple pleasures.

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  4. Emily

    So cute! Glad to now this is fairly simple stuffed animal pattern. I do not do well with more 3-dimensional projects but this is just so cute! Oh, and my son is five and has NO imagination when it comes to naming stuffed animals, even now. We have Puppy, Doll, Panda, Giraffey, Elephant….at least the giraffe got an extra letter? H looks pretty happy with Turtle!

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    1. Bernie Post author

      Maybe when she is older, she will think of names??? If I called the turtle something, she would mimic it and use the name, but she couldn’t come up with it herself. It is just a turtle. The pattern is not all that difficult. If you try it and get stuck, I am happy to help!!

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