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Dreidel Goes Plush

Around this time of year, I am often asked to come up with crafts that will keep kids busy at holiday parties. While searching online for Hanukkah crafts, I was disappointed by the lack of options. So in true DIY fashion, I set out to make my own. This is one of my tried and true, kid-tested Hanukkah crafts. This project can be made with scrap or recycled materials, and is a definite winner with the kids.

Dreidel Plushie

This little dreidel plushie is so simple to make! Kids can either hand-sew or use a sewing machine -- both under adult supervision.

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Materials needed:

  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Pin or tape
  • 1 or 2 different kinds of fabric, about 1/2 yard of each
  • Scissors
  • Needle and thread
  • Paintbrush or chopstick
  • Fiberfill pillow stuffing
  • Glue
  • Felt
  • Ribbon (optional)
  • Sewing machine (optional)
Dreidel Pattern

Step 1:

Draw a simple dreidel shape on a piece of paper. Pin or tape the pattern to two different pieces of fabric -- I like to use a solid color and then a colorful print or stripe. Next, cut out the shape from the fabric using the paper as guides.

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Step 2:

With good sides facing each other, stitch around your shape. Make sure to leave an opening about 2 inches wide for the stuffing.

Dreidel stuffing

Step 3:

Turn the sewn shape inside out. You might want to use the end of a long paintbrush or chopstick to push the corners out so they are nice and pointy. Then stuff your shape with stuffing to make a nice firm pillow. I like to use polyester fiberfill, available on amazon and at most fabric stores.

Hand closing

Step 4:

Stitch the opening closed with a needle and thread.

Dreidel face

Step 5:

Embellish your new plush toy with felt decorations that you can glue right on. If you and the kids are feeling ambitious, the decorations can also be embroidered.

Dreidels finished

Dreidel, dreidel, dreidel -- I made him out of plush!

 

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