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Wallace the Whale Plush Pattern

This is just about the cutest whale stuffed animal pattern ever! Learn how to make it with this full tutorial.

Updated June 20, 2018
Wallace the Whale Plush Pattern
Wallace the Whale Plush Pattern

Sometimes you just want to make some adorable stuffed animal pattern. These patterns are not always practical, but they are always cute. Whether you want to add some little whale whimsy to your home decor or are looking to sew for kids, this how to make a toy idea is sure to impress. This Wallace the Whale Plush Pattern is a little friend with a lot of attitude. With a cute little whale tale and swimming fins, this is the friend you want to make if you are looking to learn how to make a stuffed animal.

This awesome and free whale sewing pattern can be made with any Camelot Fabric, not just the type listed. In fact, below the pattern, you will see an alternative fabric for Wallace. If you already have a fabric you've been wanting to use for something, why not this whale pattern? It's a fintastic idea!

Materials List

  • 2/3 yard of The Design Studio quilting cotton (44” wide) from Camelot Fabrics in 2140504 #1 for Wallace’s Back
  • 1/2 yard of The Design Studio quilting cotton (44” wide) from Camelot Fabrics in 2140507 #2 for Wallace’s Belly
  • Fiber stuffing or fabric scraps
  • Paper printer
  • Contrasting embroidery floss & an embroidery hoop, for eyes
  • 2 yds of ribbon, for hanging (optional)
  • Basic sewing supplies: sewing machine, needle & coordinating thread, iron & pressing surface, scissors & fabric shears, straight pins, and a fabric marker
  • Wallace the Whale Template PDF (click to download)

Stuffed Whale Pattern

NOTES:

  1. Please wash, dry & iron your fabric before beginning.
  2. Use a 1/4” seam allowance throughout.
  3. All seams are sewn Right Sides together.
  4. CLICK ON ANY IMAGE TO ENLARGE.

Instructions for CUTTING:

  1. Print the Wallace the Whale template PDF at 100% scale and cut out the pages at their marked borders. Join the pages according to their numbered triangles and cut out the templates pieces.

  2. Trace or pin the template to your fabric as indicated on the pattern pieces, and cut out the pieces in fabric. Take care to include the notches!

    You will have:

    • (2) Back pieces, mirror images of each other
    • (2) Back fins, mirror images of each other
    • (1) Belly, cut on the fold line
    • (2) Belly fins, mirror images of each other
    Note: For a directional print, trace the Back piece (2x) onto a single layer of fabric as shown, so that in both pieces the fabric’s pattern runs from the top of Wallace’s back toward his belly.
    For non-directional cottons, cut your pieces from folded double layers of fabric.

Instructions for EYES:

  1. Transfer the Eye marks from the Back template to the Back fabric pieces. If you’re having trouble seeing the Eye through your fabric, use straight pins to mark either end and the center of the Eye curve, then trace between the pin points.

  2. Embroider a sleepy Eye on each Back piece.

Instructions for ASSEMBLY:

  1. Sew the Fins to their matching body pieces as shown, with the notches aligned (the fins should point toward the tail ends of the body pieces). Press these seams toward the fins.

  2. Baste the ends of your ribbon to the Wrong Side of one Back piece as shown, at the notch in its top edge. The raw ends of the ribbon should point toward the fabric’s edge, and the long loop should point away from the edge.

  3. Sew the Back pieces together as shown, from the center of the whale tail template cut out to the tip of the nose. Clip into your curves & press the seam open. Turn Wallace Right Side out, press the seam again and turn him Wrong Side out once more.

  4. Pin & sew the Belly & its Fins to the Back & its Fins. Begin by pinning the tails together, then the Fins where they join the bodies, then around the remaining body, fin & nose edges. Leave a 4” gap behind one Fin, for turning. Backstitch at the beginning & end of this seam.

    Note: When sewing around the nose, have the Back pieces facing upward and be sure to keep them smooth as you go, to prevent any bunching or puckering.

  5. Clip into the corners where the Fins join the body, and around your curves. Press the seam open & turn the whale Right Side out through the gap behind his Fin. A knitting needle or length of dowel makes it easier to invert the tips of his Fins & tail.

  6. Stuff Wallace firmly, making sure to stuff all the way into his tail & Fins, and whipstitch the gap closed.

  7. To eliminate any bulging between the Fins, stitch in the ditch (by hand) between the top & bottom seams of each Fin, closing the gap between them. You’ll want to use a doubled-up thread for this part.

We hope you have enjoyed our super sweet Wallace the Wallace tutorial this week! We would love to know what you think. If you decide to give this tutorial a try, or any of our DIYs, we’d love to see! You can send all your pictures to info@camelotfabrics.com or tag us on Instagram (#camelotfabrics). Have a whale of a time (haha)! :)

Plus! Here's an alternative fabric look for Wallace. Isn't he cute?

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This is so cute, I can't take it!

I have a new grandson due around Thanksgiving and I am thinking I would like to make him one out of some ultra fleece or colors in the room. Will the fleece stretch too much? I have not made a stuffed animal out of fleece before. I love the fins on this whale too. It looks pretty easy to do and will complete the room and I love the name of the whale Wallace.

when i print out the pattern it seems that some parts are missing and don't join together well. Am I missing a part?

Thank you SO much for the super pattern and instructions! This little whale would be a great way to use up fabric scraps! For a bit of fun, some metallic fabric for the flippers would lend that nautical feel to this little guy! for older kids, you could sew on buttons for the eyes, or even use fabric marker to detail so,e features! Thanks again for sharing! He's adorable!

How charming. A stuffed toy whale name Wallace! Making stuffed toy animals for children is a great way to use up fabric scraps as well as bring a smile to a child. The pattern for this toy whale and accompanying tutorial are very easy to follow. I believe I could not stop at sewing just one!

Aw, I love this! He's so adorable.

Super cute! Thank you for this adorable pattern. Can't wait to start sewing!

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