Designed and Released in 2023
Designing a sloth has been on my list for years! I’m excited I was finally able to get this cutie created! While I kept to the same Pudgy Plushie style, I dove into a couple fun options to bring a new level to not only my sloth…but fun elements that can be added to other Pudgy Plushie animals.
This sloth has an option to add a jointed neck and/or armature to the arms and legs. This is the perfect addition to a sloth. However, without either of these options, the sloth is still an adorable soft toy…so don’t let that hold you back.
Full Size Templates
Three Different Claw Options
Two Methods for Creating the Head
Jointed Neck Option
Fabric Nose or Plastic Nose Options
Safety Eyes or Fabric Appliqued Eyes
Magnet Hands Option
Soft Sculpting Option
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 & optional method for claws)
- Hand Applique (to attach optional eyelids & optional method for eye patch)
- Soft Sculpting (to shape head, optional)
- Applying Wire or Lock Joint Armature (optional)
- Applying Neck Joint (optional)
Materials and Tools Needed
- ~2/3 yard minky or Luxe Cuddle® by Shannon Fabrics (alternative fabrics: quality cotton, fleece, flannel, repurposed clothing, etc)
- ~8″ x 8″ of minky for face (alternative fabrics: quality cotton, fleece, flannel, repurposed clothing, etc)
- ~8″ x 8″ piece of minky for foot pads (alternative fabrics: quality cotton, fleece, corduroy, etc)
- ~8″ x 5″ piece of minky for eye patches and eyelids (alternative fabrics: quality cotton, fleece, corduroy, etc)
- ~1/4 yard minky for claws (alternative fabrics: quality cotton, fleece, suede, corduroy, etc)
- ~16 oz fiber filling
- 1 pair 20mm, 24mm or 30mm safety eyes (alternatively make fabric appliqued or embroidered eyes)
- Optional: 3/16″ lock joint armature – 40″ length or 18 gauge wire
- Optional: 1 pair false eyelashes (the kind people wear)
- Notions: scissors, thread, sewing machine
- Optional poly beads, glass pebbles, etc. for weighing the bottom
Pattern Testers' Sluggish Sloth Gallery
You know, I treasure my pattern testers and appreciate what they bring to the table to help polish the pattern for you! One of my favorite aspects of a new design is watching my testers curate their fabrics and bring their project to life. These sloths all have quite the personalities!
Pattern testers used a variety of fabrics, including: minky, Luxe Cuddle®, cotton, fleece, corduroy and faux fur.
Some testers made multiple sloths and tried different options. Many of them were made to have a fabric nose.
Some testers made their sloths with a neck joint and/or armature, others kept it basic and still super cute. Adding magnets, velcro or snaps to the hands was an option many testers applied to add an easy and fun aspect to their little tree climber. Have fun and get creative!
Pattern testers’ skill level ranged from beginner to advanced/professional. One maker had never made a stuffed animal before. Several makers had never made anything with a Rustic Horseshoe pattern previously. At least three testers made their sloth by sewing everything by hand!
Why Make a Sluggish Sloth?
Heirloom quality toy
Inspires active play and imagination
Makes a memorable and fun gift
A memory sloth is more fun than a memory bear
You will tap into your own creativity when you make it
Sewing and crafting are therapeutic
Great décor in a nursery
Wonderful addition to any toy room
Fun décor in your living room
Sell finished sloths at handmade markets
You’ll love watching it come to life as you make it
Makes a fun accessory hanging on your lamp
You’re never too old to cuddle a soft toy…seriously…who wouldn’t want to cuddle a sloth!?
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!