Designed in 2019-Released in 2022
I’ve always been indifferent about snakes. They aren’t my favorite but I enjoy enjoy handling them…not the spicy kind of course…and volunteering with my son with a local snake rescue to help educate others about snakes. There is no doubt they are a critical piece to our ecosystem. Seeing as they are a very favorite of my son’s, I knew I would eventually need to design one.
I first designed it in 2019. I liked the design, originally just the pit viper, but tabled it to work on something else. When I revisited it in 2021 I had so many ideas of different ways I wanted to make the snake, but have learned I need to keep it dialed in or I spend far too much time getting one design published to a sewing pattern and tutorial.
While I kept myself dialed in and didn’t go down the rabbit hole of making dragon snakes and such, there are still plenty of options in this pattern.
Full Size Templates
Three Different Head Shapes
Diamond Block Pattern
Rattle End or Pointed End
Super Long or Super Short and Anywhere In Between
Armature or No Armature
Tongue or No Tongue
Three Different Stuffing Methods
Easy to Follow Bite-Size Instructions
Photos Accompany Each Step
Skill Level - Confident Beginner with Intermediate Options
Skills and Techniques Used
- Fundamental Sewing Basics
- Sewing Tight Curves
- Clipping Curved Seams
- Sewing Opposing Curves
- Machine Applique (optional for markings)
- Attaching Safety Eyes
- Hand Sewing (to close seams & attach head)
- Hand Applique (to attach optional eyelids)
- Diamond Quilt Block (optional)
- Soft Sculpting (to shape head, optional)
- Applying Wire or Lock Joint Armature (optional)
Materials and Tools Needed
- 36″+ long x 3.5″ wide minky for top of body plus 8″ x 8″ piece for top of head (alternative fabrics: quality cotton, fleece, repurposed clothing, etc)
- 36″+ long x 2.5″ wide minky for belly plus 5″ x 8″ piece for bottom of head (alternative fabrics: quality cotton, fleece, corduroy, etc)
- ~1/8 yard minky for foot pads (alternative fabrics: quality cotton, fleece, suede, corduroy, etc)
- ~4 oz fiber filling for head plus ~12+ oz for body (OR see other filling options which include lentils and batting)
- 1 pair 20mm, 24mm or 30mm safety eyes (alternatively make fabric appliqued or embroidered eyes)
- Optional: 3/16″ lock joint armature in desired length or 18 gauge wire
- Optional: small rattle inserts OR 6 – 10mm jingle bells and 4 – 16mm jingle bells for rattlesnake
- Optional: 1 pair false eyelashes (the kind people wear)
- Notions: scissors, thread, sewing machine
Actual fabric and filling needs will vary depending on the length of your snake.
Pattern Testers Sassy Serpent Gallery
Oh, how I appreciate my pattern testers who volunteer their time and talents to test it out and provide feedback. My favorite part of it is seeing the creativity of each tester as they curate the fabrics for their snake and bring it to life. A huge thank you to each one of them!
Pattern testers used a variety of fabrics, including: minky, cotton, fleece, denim, repurposed clothing and even vinyl (but she doesn’t recommend it).
Some testers made multiple snakes and tried different options. The lengths of the snakes made by testers ranged from just under three feet to over seven feet…with the exception of a few miniaturized snakes in which the testers reduced the size of the pattern by 30%+.
Some testers added nostrils by embroidering them or adding small buttons. One tester gave her snake a mohawk and another added a tuft of hair. Another added a spiked collar and fangs while one added flowers to the back. How about that cute hat and bandana!? Have fun and get creative!
Pattern testers’ skill level ranged from beginner to advanced/professional.
Several testers used repurposed leather/suede for the tongue. One tester repurposed family Navy uniforms and a dress to create her rattlesnake.
Why Make a Sassy Serpent?
Heirloom quality toy
Inspires active play and imagination
Makes a memorable and fun gift
A memory snake is more fun than a memory bear
You will tap into your own creativity when you make it
Sewing and crafting are therapeutic
Great decor in a nursery
Wonderful addition to any toy room
Fun decor in your living room
Sell finished snakes at handmade markets
You’ll love watching it come to life as you make it
You’re never too old to cuddle a soft toy…Cuddle Cobra anyone? …anyone?
Make it realistic enough to startle your friends
It is difficult to accurately describe the skill level needed for each project as the skill level itself can be quite subjective. Each traditional skill level has a wide spectrum of ability associated with it. I have tried to assign a general skill level to each pattern, however, please review specific techniques used in the pattern to determine if it is a good fit for you to try. Keep in mind I write my tutorials in bite-sized easy to follow steps, each accompanied with photos.
I aim to have each pattern attainable for a confident beginner and some have variations that may be more advanced, but they are optional. You’ll be provided with all the instructions, tips and material list to create a plush toy just like those pictured in the tutorial…I keep nothing secret. Each pattern and tutorial provides the blueprint for you to make it just like I have. An easy to make pattern doesn’t have to be simplistic looking…it can look amazing!