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Zenkidu: A Simple Hand Sewing Project To Make With Your Kids

Looking for hand sewing projects to make a cute Zenkidu? We have the cutest one to try with your kids! It is so easy and this Zenkidu is adorable. Plus, this fun hand sewing project will teach kids important life skills as well!

Zenkidu pink and blue with googly eyes and black mouth- hand sewn- kids activities blog
This hand sewn zenkidu is so cute and easy to do.

Simple Hand Sewing Project To Do With Your Kids

Want to sew this simple hand sewing project with your kids? It’s easy. Learn how to thread a needle, sew a running stitch and you’re ready to go. Eight simple steps, and Zenkidu could be yours.

What Is A Zenkidu?

If you’re unfamiliar with what a zenkidu is, a zenkidu is simply a soft plushie. You’re essentially make soft, cuddly, fun plushies!

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Supplies Needed

How To Hand Sew A Colorful and Soft Zenkidu

Step 1

Take two 12″ squares of felt.

Step 1- Grab 2 pieces of felt of your favorite color. - Kids Activities Blog
Grab 2 pieces of felt of your favorite color.

Step 2

Draw a 7″ x 9″ rectangle onto one of the squares. This will be your sewing line.  Cut out a nose. Pin and sew into place.

Step 2: Draw a rectangle on top of the squares. This is the sewing line. Cute out a nose and pin the piece in place and then sew it. - Kids Activities blog
Draw a rectangle on top of the squares. This is the sewing line. Cute out a nose and pin the piece in place and then sew it.

Step 3

Place this square of felt face up on top of your second square of felt. Pin them together. Sew around the sewing line leaving a 3″ gap for stuffing.

3 step- Place the other square on top of your second and pin them sewing on the lines leaving a space for stuffing. - kids activities blog
Place the other square on top of your second and pin them sewing on the lines leaving a space for stuffing.

Step 4

Push in small amounts of stuffing until he feels nice and squishy.

step 4- Stuff your zenkidu with fluffy stuffing. - kids activities blog
Stuff your zenkidu with fluffy stuffing.

Step 5

Pin and sew the opening closed.

Step 5- Close up the stuffing hole by sewing it up. - kids activities blog
Close up the stuffing hole by sewing it up.

Step 6

Draw on arms, legs and hair.

Step 6- Draw on the arms and legs and hair. - kids activities blog
Draw on the arms and legs and hair.

Step 7

Cut around.

step 7- Cut around the lines. - kids activities blog
Cut around the lines.

Step 8

Using a low temp glue gun, stick down his hands with one or two small blobs of glue. I’ve cut out semi-circular felt shapes and glued them behind his wiggly eyes. If you prefer to avoid wiggly eyes and make your own eyes from felt you can look at these fellows for ideas.

Step 8- Glue on the eyes and mouth to your zenkidu! - Kids Activities Blog
Glue on the eyes and mouth to your zenkidu!

And there you have, it how to make a Zenkidu in 8 simple steps!

Materials

  • Felt
  • Embroidery floss
  • Needle
  • Pins
  • Stuffing
  • Wiggly eyes (optional)
  • Hot glue gun (optional)

Instructions

  1. Take two 12″ squares of felt of your favorite colors.
  2. Draw a 7″ x 9″ rectangle onto one of the squares. This will be your sewing line.
  3. Cut out a nose. 
  4. Pin and sew into place.
  5. Place this square of felt face up on top of your second square of felt.
  6. Pin them together. 
  7. Sew around the sewing line leaving a 3″ gap for stuffing.
  8. Push in small amounts of stuffing until he feels nice and squishy.
  9. Pin and sew the opening closed.
  10. Draw on arms, legs and hair.
  11. Cut around.
  12. Using a low temp glue gun, stick down his hands with one or two small blobs of glue.

Notes

I’ve cut out semi-circular felt shapes and glued them behind his wiggly eyes. If you prefer to avoid wiggly eyes and make your own eyes from felt you can look at these fellows for ideas.

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