Well, here it is, folks! There long promised Airplane Softie Pattern! Just in time for “Celebrate the Boy” month, too. This project is a good one for overcoming your fears of curved seams and pins. I love sewing for children, because they don’t care about the little imperfections. They will love it and you will feel awesome for having made it!
Do you have a little boy who is in need of some sewing attention? Bust out your pins and dive on in!
This pattern is for quilting weight fabric, and the pieces required are quite small. Dig in your scrap bag to see what you can find. If not, I give the measurements required for a new cut of fabric below.
- An 11 inch cut quilting cotton (at least 42 inches wide). This will be the body of the airplane.
- A 6 inch cut quilting cotton (at least 42 inches wide). This will be the wings and the wheels of the airplane.
- A 6 1/2 inch cut of heavy weight interfacing (at least 22″ wide). I like Pellon’s CraftFuse. It will help give the wings shape and strength.
- Stuffing - I used stuffing for an old ripped pillow, or just grabbed the cheapest bag I could find at my fabric store. It happened to be a 12 oz bag of Poly-Fill Polyester Fiberfill.
- Thread - You can use matching or contrasting thread all-purpose sewing thread.
- PINS – The more pins the merrier. (See my ode to pins here.)
- Hand Sewing Needle – We will use it for sewing on the wings and the wheels. I know very little about hand sewing, and that doesn’t stop me. If you need more information, Miss Sews It All has started a series on hand sewing. Also, check out this video to learn “the ladder stitch” referred to in the directions.
- Sewing Machine, and the usual sewing implements (scissors, needles, etc…)
Download the Pattern and Directions
You will need to download and print three PDF files.
- Airplane Softie Pattern – Page 1 (1 page – 2 MB) Be sure to select “no scaling” when printing this pages.
- Airplane Softie Pattern – Page 2 (1 page – 1 MB) Be sure to select “no scaling” when printing this pages.
- Airplane Softie Directions (14 pages – 39 MB))
As of now, I am giving away this pattern for FREE. In return, would you do a few things for me?
- Please let me know if you have any suggestions for this project or any others! My email is sewfearless [at] gmail [dot] com or @sewfearless on twitter.
- Could send me a picture of your finished project? I would love to see how yours turns out, and I may even post your pictures to my blog.
- I am asking that this pattern not be used for commercial purposes (do not make items for sale). If you would like to ask me more about this, send me an email.
A Word about Wheels
My directions have you attaching the wheels with quadrupled up all-purpose sewing thread. You could also a fatter embroidery thread if you have it available to you. It could be really fun to attach them in a way that allows the wheels to turn – either by using snaps, or a button-hole/button combination. I made my airplanes for babies and decided to avoid detachable and small parts. Please use common sense when making toys for young children.