Donut sloth softie tutorial

Felt Sloth Donut Softie

Last Updated: July 23, 2020By Tags: , , ,

Best friend to the Unicorn Donut Softie this Felt Sloth Donut Softie is equally as cute and even simpler to sew! Made using our patten which is simple enough for beginner sewers. The Donut Sloth has been sewn using just two basic stitches and only a few felt pieces. Resulting in a super cute sloth donut.

Did you know that all sloths actually have three toes, but the two-toed sloth has only two fingers? Our sloth on the other hand has no toes so I guess you could call him the no-toed sloth!

Felt Sloth Donut Softie

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felt sloth donut softie tutorial

Are you ready to make yourself a super cute donut sloth softie? If you are new to sewing then don’t worry as we have provided you with all of the details you need below to make this felt project. Felt is the perfect beginner sewing material as it is just so easy to sew with.

Not many resources are needed to get started with this project. Mainly felt, a needle and thread. Some stuffing/ fiberfill is also importaint but using felt offcuts can also be used and is a great way to reduce waste.

You Will Need

  • Felt in the colors of your choice. We used a different color for the top side of the donut and bottom side, another for the eye patches and eyes.
  • Thread and needle.
  • Scissors.
  • Our printable if needed but you can draw your own if you do not have a printer.
  • Stuffing/ poly-fil or felt offcuts.
  • Glue- fabric glueglue sticktacky glue. It is ideal to test your glue before beginning your project. Glue stick is an easy option for young kids however it may not be as strong as other glues. You can also opt to sew the eyes.

Donut Sloth Printable Pattern

Click the link under the image below to print out or download this free donut sloth softie printable. You can adjust the size of the pieces by changing the scale in your printer settings. A great option if you are wanting to make adult and baby sloth donuts!

donut sloth softie pattern free

Let’s Get Sewing

how to make a felt sloth donut softie

Start by gathering all of your supplies and printing off and cutting out the donut sloth pattern pieces. You can easily draw your own donut base by using a small bowl or mug and adding a smaller circle for the inside circle. Decide on the colours of felt that you would like to use. We like having the top and bottom of the donut sloth different colours.

Cut out all of your felt pieces. You will need two felt donut shapes, two eye patches, two eyes, and one mouth. You can get creative with the eyes and make them in a different style or even glue on googly eyes. It will be simpler to freehand cut the mouth rather than cutting around the pattern piece this will also make your donut sloth one of a kind. When cutting out two pieces a simple tip to get them identical is to layer the felt and cut the two pieces at one time.

The Stitches

To make this donut sloth we use a blanket stitch however you can also do a whip stitch for a simpler and quicker alternative. The other stitch that is used is the very simple running stitch which is used to sew on the eye patches.

We use ordinary sewing thread but I like to double it up to sew with.

running stitch is a very basic stitch where you simply go up and down in one direction through the pieces of felt that you are wanting to sew together.

whipstitch is sewn by looping the thread over the edge of the felt and pulling through. Blanket stitch is a variation of whipstitch where you put the needle back through the loop before pulling through this gives a neater and more decorative look.

To find out more about these stitches Sew A Softie has great tutorials on the running stitch, and whip stitch. Professor Pincushion has a great video tutorial showing how to do the whip stitch and blanket stitch.

diy felt sloth softie

Eyes & Mouth

To start with we are going to focus on the eyes. Decide if you are going to sew or glue the eyes and pupils on. We simply glued the eyes onto the eye patches. You can choose to stitch the eyes on by using a running stitch. Stitch on the eye patches onto one side of the donut using a running stitch.

Next glue on the mouth. Again you can opt to stitch on the mouth using running stitch.

The Donut Body

Start by sewing a blanket stitch or whip stitch around the inside of the two circles making sure that the face is facing out.

Next sew around the outer edge of the donut using a blanket stitch. Put in some stuffing as you go, this will make it easier than trying to stuff your sloth donut right at the end. As you near the end of the donut circle make sure you have added enough stuffing before tieing a knot to close off the donut.


Glue on any extra details. We decided to add some pink circle cheeks.

Your adorable donut sloth is complete!

sloth donut softie tutorial

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