An easy first sewing project for kids, this Unicorn Sewing Craft is simple and simply magical.
Unicorn Sewing Craft for Kids
So, my daughter had a weird introduction to the world of sewing.
She didn’t fall in love with sewing because of her love of clothes or her insatiable craft habit… No, my daughter fell in love with sewing thanks to Grey’s Anatomy.
Yup, in all of my parenting wisdom, I allowed my daughter to “sleep in the teepee” as I had a marathon night of Grey’s Anatomy, only to discover that my sneaky girl had been watching it alongside me the whole night.
Luckily, she wasn’t scarred for life by the show – she actually developed a deep fascination for the work of doctors and wanted to learn how to sew like they did (when they stitch people back up).
So, while it was a weird introduction, in the end, sewing is a great life skill, great for fine motor development – and not to mention, it opens up a whole new world of crafting possibilities! And I’ve learned my lesson to not let my child camp out in our living room teepee while watching grown-up only shows.
We first starting with our foam angel finger puppet craft and recently developed those sewing skills even further with an embroidered trash can craft, but my daughter insisted that we make a stuffed unicorn craft for our next project.
After some negotiating, we agreed to start small with this pocket-sized version but I have promised her that we will soon attempt a full-sized stuffed animal sewing project, so stayed tuned for that!
This unicorn sewing craft took her about two days to finish (probably about 2-3 hours total). She took her time and was very careful and precise in her work. An older child, or one with more sewing experience, may be able to finish this craft in less than an hour, and children who prefer to work in 20-30 minute increments may take longer to finish.
At the end of all that hard work, a beautiful felt unicorn emerges with a colorful mane, ready to act out magical stories or simply add a bit of creative inspiration to your craft space. This would also make a thoughtful gift for a best friend or fellow unicorn lover.
We also found some amazing pre-made sewing kits for kids that would be great if you want to get right to the sewing and don’t want to fuss with printing and cutting out all of the felt pieces.
Materials for Felt Unicorn Craft
- White Felt
- Cream or gold felt (for the unicorn horn)
- Pink felt (for inside the unicorn ears)
- Wool yarn or embroidery floss: two 10″ strands of white, hot pink, orange, yellow green, blue, purple
- Yarn Needle or Blunt Sewing Needle
- White embroidery floss, for sewing
- Polyester Stuffing
- Felt glue
- Freezer paper, optional
- Small hole punch, optional
- Permanent or fabric markers, optional
- Unicorn Plush Template
Tip: feel free to blow up the size of the unicorn template to the desired size of your unicorn stuffie. We went small, but you can use the same template to make a larger unicorn pillow.
How to Make a Felt Unicorn Craft
Cut out the pattern and then trace the desired shapes onto your felt. We decided to skip the felt mane for this craft and used yarn instead.
Cut out the felt shapes. You may find it is easier to iron freezer paper onto your felt to allow for smooth cutting. (Check out this post for more information on how to do that.)
Sew the two unicorn body pieces together. Your child may find it more helpful if you poke holes in the felt for them to follow in their sewing. Leave a small 2″ gap open on the rear (where the tail goes) for filling to be inserted .
Stuff the unicorn with as much stuffing as desired, and then set the unicorn aside as you prepare the embroidery floss mane.
Cut the embroidery felt or yarn. If using embroidery floss, you will need 4 lengths of each color. If using yarn, you will separate the strands of yarn. Most yarns will have 3 or4 strands wound together.
Make two piles of the yarn or floss, each with two strands of each color.
For the first pile, tie a knot in the middle and then place the knot inside the opening of the unicorn stuffie.
Complete the sewing process, effectively sewing the tail into the unicorn to secure it.
My daughter preferred to go around the unicorn twice, “double stitching,” but that is personal preference.
For the mane, you can use the stitches or the holes from the stitches to thread the yarn or embroidery floss through. We decided to double up on the yarn strands here as well. We did a simple slip knot and after all of the yarn was threaded through, trimmed the mane and tail to our desired lengths.
Use a bit of felt glue to glue on the unicorn horn and ears. You can also use a permanent or fabric marker to add additional details, like eyes, nostrils, hooves, etc.
Let the glue dry completely before handling or playing with your unicorn stuffie.
Grab your free printable for our magical unicorn sewing project:
This magical sewing craft is a great first sewing project for the child who loves unicorns and would be a great weekend project or a handmade gift for a special friend.