Free sewing pattern: This Fun Felt Guitar Softie Toy is the perfect addition to your little one’s toy collection. With a vintage look, this free softie toy pattern make a perfect handmade gift. Easy to follow step by step pictures and instructions.
Hello! I am Sunni and am so excited to be posting here from Made for Little Gents. I have three little guys that I sew and create for. While I usually create clothing for them, I love the opportunity to make toys as well. We are very musically oriented in our home – I play the piano and fiddle, my husband the piano and guitar, and we hope for each of our boys to pick up at least one instrument as well. One of the best ways to encourage a hobby is to create toys related to the hobby, and that’s what I’ve got for you today! I’m happy to share with you this free tutorial and pattern for a felt play guitar.
This free guitar pattern (form is at the end of the post)
Felt for body
Felt for neck, sides, and bridge
Felt for soundhole
Wire for strings (mine is 22 gauge)
6 pom-poms for tuning pegs
6 rivets and rivet tool for string pegs
6 buttons for pegheads (not pictured)
Standard sewing supplies (sewing machine, pins, marking pens, needle, etc)
Felt Guitar Softie Toy (Free Pattern) Tutorial:
First, cut out all the pattern pieces in your felt and cut the wire into six 17” pieces. Take one of the body pieces and place the bridge ,soundhole, and neck pieces where they are marked in the pattern. Hint: a gluestick works great here! You can be as creative as you want to with decorative stitches to help hold it all together! I chose a simple zig-zag around the soundhole and didn’t do anything fancy with the bridge.
Attach each of the rivets spaced evenly across the bridge by following the instructions provided with your rivet tool. Before attaching the top part to the bottom part, wrap the end of one of the wires around the rivet pin so it will stay in place when attached.
Right above the bridge (as shown in the picture), space out the strings evenly and stitch vertically over the strings, keeping them in place. Backstitch to reinforce and have a stronger looking line. Repeat this for each of the frets along the neck on the guitar. The lines on the body are spaced 3/8” apart, the lines on the neck are 5/8”.
It’s time to stitch the pom-poms onto the head stock of the guitar. First, bend back the wires so you have sewing room. (Don’t worry about them getting bent. They will. And we’ll fix them. Just trust me here!) Now I used white pom-pom trim that had rows of pom-poms connected by tiny cords to a wider fabric. I cut off the excess fabric and just sewed the cords on, as you can see in the picture. You could also use free standing pom-poms and just thread string through them to sew onto the head stock.
Now place the back of the neck onto the top, right sides facing, and sew around, using a ¼” seam allowance (use this everywhere unless stated otherwise). Turn it inside out, and you should have a beautiful mess something like above.
This is important: don’t cry! We’re going to smooth it out. Scrunch all of the fabric below the top fret like this:
Now one by one, smooth out the strings by squeezing them between your fingers and sliding your fingers along them over and over until they become smooth again. Phew, doesn’t that look better?
Hand stitch both the peghead buttons and the wires underneath to the head stock. Sew the wires by looping the tops of them around and attaching to the fabric as if the loop were a buttonhole, and then place the buttons on top. Place the buttons like so:
Time for the body! Attach the guitar side strip to the top of the guitar body, starting at the marked location on the pattern. Sew all the way around, leaving a 3” gap. Repeat with the back of the guitar. You will have about an inch of overlapping side strip fabric. Flip it inside-out.
Fill up the guitar neck and body with batting. Hand stitch the gap in the body near the neck closed, placing the extra side strip fabric inside and stitch it in place. Finally, hand sew the neck of the guitar to the body.
Congratulations! You completed your Fun Felt Guitar Softie Toy. Now hand it off to your child and let him practice playing guitar, just like Daddy!
GET THE FREE SEWING PATTERN BELOW:
I hope you have enjoyed this tutorial for the felt guitar! My boys also enjoy this felt play drum and stuffed octopus that I’ve made for them. If you’re looking for organization for toys, be sure to check out how my kiddos actually like to put away their toys!