Nightmare Before Christmas Zero Sewing Project (with Video)

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The perfect Nightmare Before Christmas sewing project for kids, today’s free sewing pattern is for a DIY Zero Felt Stuffie inspired by Jack Skellington’s ghostly pup!

A simple and straightforward tutorial for how to sew a Nightmare Before Christmas stuffie. This Zero Stuffie uses a free printable sewing pattern to make an adorable ornament, backpack charm or pocket pal perfect for the Disney craft lover in your life.

DIY Zero Stuffie Craft

Last week, we shared our Sally Dawn Nightmare Before Christmas Sewing Project and while many readers loved it, I worried that it would be too difficult for some beginning sewists to make.

Today’s Nightmare Before Christmas sewing project is a lot easier – we even skipped sewing on the nose and ears and used hot glue instead, focusing on just sewing together Zero’s body and using a simple back stitch to make a line for his mouth. (Which could alternatively be drawn on with a felt marker or pen.)

This free sewing pattern is super versatile and can also be used to make little reindeer ornaments or pocket stuffies for Christmas!

We’ll be sharing our final Nightmare Before Christmas sewing craft soon – the Pumpkin King himself, Jack Skellington, so be sure to check back for that if you want to create a complete collection.

Sewing Tips

Whenever we need to cut out intricate shapes from felt, I always grab some freezer paper and use the freezer paper trick to cut out our felt shapes, but good-quality felt and a sharp pair of scissors also makes all the difference.

To make this Nightmare Before Christmas stuffie craft, you just need to know how to do a back stitch (for Zero’s mouth) and a blanket stitch for joining the felt pieces together. (However, you can just use a whip stitch on the sides if the blanket stitch proves to be too tricky. The links above are to my friend Maggie’s channel and they are perfect for kids learning how to sew.)

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Be sure to check out our quick video on how to make your own Zero Felt Stuffie, and then don’t forget to scroll down to grab your free printable sewing pattern and instructions:

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How to Make a Zero Stuffie with Felt

PREPARATION

Print out the pattern and cut out individual shapes.

Trace the pattern pieces onto the indicated pieces of felt and cut out the felt shapes.

SEW ZERO’S FACE

Take one body shape and thread a needle with black thread. Use a back stitch to indicate Zero’s mouth and tie off on the “back” of the felt piece.

Use the black thread to also attach a black button or bead to indicate Zero’s eye.

Note: you can do this on both felt pieces or just a forward-facing piece, if desired.

SEW ZERO’S BODY

Using a blanket stitch, start sewing the two body pieces together. (We started at the armpit of the front legs and moved back along the belly, and around Zero’s tail.)

Halfway through sewing around the body, stuff the felt pieces with cotton batting, then continue sewing until you reach the top of Zero’s head.

If planning to turn your Zero stuffie into an ornament, fold a piece of ribbon in half to form a loop and insert the ends into the opening at the top of Zero’s head.

Finish sewing the two body pieces together, sewing through the ribbon loop to secure in place. When you have sewn all around the body, tie a double knot and cut off the excess thread.

FINAL TOUCHES

Glue or sew on Zero’s ears, then glue on his orange pompom nose. Tie a thin red ribbon around his neck and form into a bow.

 

Pin this Easy Nightmare Before Christmas sewing project for your next craft session:

How to make a Zero Stuffie inspired by the Nightmare Before Christmas. This Disney sewing craft is perfect for beginning sewists and uses our free sewing pattern to make the process super quick and easy

Grab your free printable instructions for our Zero stuffie – and don’t forget to grab your free printable sewing pattern here:

Yield: 1 Stuffie

Nightmare Before Christmas Zero Sewing Project

Nightmare Before Christmas Zero Sewing Project

A simple and straightforward tutorial for how to sew a Nightmare Before Christmas stuffie. This Zero Stuffie uses a free printable sewing pattern to make an adorable ornament, backpack charm or pocket pal perfect for the Disney craft lover in your life.

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 15 minutes
Total Time 20 minutes
Difficulty Easy
Estimated Cost $2

Materials

  • White Craft Felt
  • Black Bead or Button
  • Red Ribbon
  • Cotton Batting/Stuffing
  • Black and White Thread or Embroidery Thread
  • Small Orange PomPom or Bead

Tools

  • Pencil or fabric marker
  • Embroidery Needle
  • Scissors
  • Hot Glue Gun
  • Freezer paper and iron, optional

Instructions

PREPARATION

  1. Print out the pattern and cut out individual shapes.
  2. Trace the pattern pieces onto the indicated pieces of felt and cut out the felt shapes.

SEW ZERO'S FACE

  1. Take one body shape and thread a needle with black thread. Use a back stitch to indicate Zero's mouth and tie off on the "back" of the felt piece.
  2. Use the black thread to also attach a black button or bead to indicate Zero's eye.
  3. Note: you can do this on both felt pieces or just a forward-facing piece, if desired.

SEW ZERO'S BODY

  1. Using a blanket stitch, start sewing the two body pieces together. (We started at the armpit of the front legs and moved back along the belly, and around Zero's tail.)
  2. Halfway through sewing around the body, stuff the felt pieces with cotton batting, then continue sewing until you reach the top of Zero's head.
  3. If planning to turn your Zero stuffie into an ornament, fold a piece of ribbon in half to form a loop and insert the ends into the opening at the top of Zero's head.
  4. Finish sewing the two body pieces together, sewing through the ribbon loop to secure in place. When you have sewn all around the body, tie a double knot and cut off the excess thread.

FINAL TOUCHES

  1. Glue or sew on Zero's ears, then glue on his orange pompom nose. Tie a thin red ribbon around his neck and form into a bow.

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I hope you or your kids love getting to make your own Zero stuffie – I’d love to hear how you used it and if you added any special touches to your creation!

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