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Plush Lizard Pattern by Viergacht Plush Lizard Pattern by Viergacht
A very simple pattern for a plushie lizard - easy to make for beginners and a fun way to use up fabric remnants.

Basic instructions

Print the pattern onto cardstock, or on regular copier paper and then glue onto cardstock (cardboard from a cereal box, a manila folder or poster paper works fine). For best results your lizard should be at least 11 inches long or so; any smaller and it will be difficult to turn. You can make it considerably larger, although it might require you to tape together pattern pieces.

Trace onto the wrong (back) side of the fabric, flip it over, and trace again so you have two mirror image pieces. The lizard will look best if you use a patterned fabric for the top and paler, unpatterned fabric for the belly. Don't cut the fabric along the line you've drawn! Cut about a 1/4 inch outside it (this is called the seam allowance). Use the drawn line as a guide for sewing.

Pin the fabric with the right (outer) sides together. Sew along the solid black line using a backstitch. Leave it open along the dotted line - this is where you'll turn it through and add stuffing. Do not sew along the blue lines yet. The red indicates where to put the eyes and nostrils.

Turn the lizard right side out. If you're making a small one a turning stick and/or forceps will make things much, much easier.

Add stuffing a small amount at a time, stuffing the tail and head first, then the legs, and lastly the body.

Close the opening along the side using a ladder stitch (also called a mattress stitch or Henson stitch).


Variations

I made the example lizard from pebble-patterned fleece and cream colored felt. However, I found the felt unpleasant to work with and it tended to pull, showing the stitches, when I was stuffing it. I'd recommend making yours entirely from fleece. You can also experiment with other fabrics like short faux fur, velveteen, embossed velour, or fake suede.

I used glue-on googly eyes, but you can make eyes from circles of felt, buttons, or plastic "safety" eyes - these last you'll need to install before you stuff and close. The nostrils are bits of felt, but you can also embroider them or use french knots.

I soft-sculpted the paws to give the toes definition. The blue lines on the pattern show where I put the stitches.

You can add embellishments to your lizard, such as fringe along the spine, felt eyelids to give it a sleepy expression, a tongue sticking out, claws, an embroidered mouth, and so on.

The example lizard is hard-stuffed, but you can make a floppy lizard by hard-stuffing the head, limbs and half the tail, and then lightly stuff the rest with a combination of fiberfill and plastic "beanie" beads.





Copyright: For personal use only. Do not copy and redistribute.
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:iconcombrette:
combrette Featured By Owner Jun 17, 2014
Thank you for the pattern, I used it: combrette.deviantart.com/art/L…
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Frostdragon64 Featured By Owner Nov 29, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
I have never made a plush before and have no sewing experience, but after seeing this pattern I gave it a shot! I made it out of an plain white t-shirt and its not perfect, but I'm pleased with how it turned out. Thankyou so much for the pattern, I love lizards!
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Viergacht Featured By Owner Dec 11, 2013  Professional General Artist
Glad to know it helped! You should have seen my first plushes, they looked like they were sewn by a trained monkey XD
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:iconkirikosoul:
KirikoSoul Featured By Owner Jul 3, 2013  Hobbyist Digital Artist
this looks really cute, I'm gonna try this out^^
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SztukaPopelniona Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
thank you ;) [link]
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:iconviergacht:
Viergacht Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2013  Professional General Artist
You're welcome :)
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:iconskybird33:
skybird33 Featured By Owner Mar 19, 2013
Awesome, I'm make this for a family member who owns a reptile business, excepts its going to huge!
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:iconviergacht:
Viergacht Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013  Professional General Artist
Cool, I'd like to see that when it's done!
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:iconskybird33:
skybird33 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
! I mean XD
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:iconskybird33:
skybird33 Featured By Owner Mar 20, 2013
I'll put it up?
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:iconshilot:
ShiloT Featured By Owner Jan 20, 2013  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Awesome simple pattern, I used it here: [link]
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:iconhallowpointpaws:
HallowpointPaws Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Tottaly going to do this someday and make a plushie of my bearded dragon, Pippin!
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:iconviergacht:
Viergacht Featured By Owner Sep 2, 2012  Professional General Artist
Awwww, I love beardies!
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:iconhallowpointpaws:
HallowpointPaws Featured By Owner Sep 3, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
They are wonderful pets.
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:iconcynderblackdragon:
CynderBlackDragon Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Student Artist
YES THEY ARE WONDERFUL PETS. I HAVE ONE AS A PET. I CALLED IT LEWIS
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:iconhallowpointpaws:
HallowpointPaws Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Mine's name is Pippin.
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:iconcynderblackdragon:
CynderBlackDragon Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Student Artist
cool name. :)
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:iconhallowpointpaws:
HallowpointPaws Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Hobbyist General Artist
Thank you!
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:iconcynderblackdragon:
CynderBlackDragon Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2014  Student Artist
your welcome
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:iconvirgogarg:
VirgoGarg Featured By Owner Apr 10, 2012  Professional General Artist
Giving this pattern to my niece. She will love it!
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:iconcrochetamommy:
crochetamommy Featured By Owner Mar 26, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Used this pattern. loved it. :) [link]

thank you for posting this for others to use. this was my first time sewing a plushie now, im completely hooked. :)

~hazel
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:iconviergacht:
Viergacht Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Professional General Artist
That turned out really nice!
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:iconcrochetamommy:
crochetamommy Featured By Owner Mar 27, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thank you. also, thanks for making the pattern available to others. it was so awesome to have it. :)

~hazel
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fireheart885 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Where can you get fleece? Is there any at hobby lobby, or Micheal's?
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:iconviergacht:
Viergacht Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
Not at Michael's, I'm not near a Hobby Lobby so I'm not sure - check and see if you have a fabric store like Hancock Fabrics, Jo-Anne or G Street near you.
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:iconfireheart885:
fireheart885 Featured By Owner Feb 15, 2012  Student Digital Artist
Alright! Thanks :)
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toothlesslover101 Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012
i tried making the lizard didnt work out so well
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:iconviergacht:
Viergacht Featured By Owner Jan 17, 2012  Professional General Artist
Sorry to hear that. Anything I can do to help?
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:icontoothlesslover101:
toothlesslover101 Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012
not really i just need to get more used to my sewing machine
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:iconviergacht:
Viergacht Featured By Owner Jan 18, 2012  Professional General Artist
Yeah, it's a learning curve.
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:icontoothlesslover101:
toothlesslover101 Featured By Owner Jan 19, 2012
exactly its still one million times faster than handsewing
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animegumballmachine Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
Thanks for the pattern, i made my father a black one with button eyes, and he loves it!!!
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:iconviergacht:
Viergacht Featured By Owner Jan 15, 2012  Professional General Artist
That's awesome! :)
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animegumballmachine Featured By Owner Jan 16, 2012  Hobbyist General Artist
thanks!
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:iconrinzer:
rinzer Featured By Owner Dec 28, 2011  Hobbyist Digital Artist
Thanks for this, I will totally try this one time when I got the chance ^^
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catfanatic47 Featured By Owner Dec 23, 2011
This is a perfect last-minute Christmas idea! Procrastination FTW.
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:iconviergacht:
Viergacht Featured By Owner Dec 24, 2011  Professional General Artist
Hah! Just make it in red and green or put a Santa hat on it.
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:iconmironnn:
Mironnn Featured By Owner Nov 16, 2011
Yeah! Finally a pattern! ^^
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CraZyGrEeNHyENa Featured By Owner Aug 24, 2011  Hobbyist General Artist
I'm going to make a gigantic one for my brother's birthday. He is too old for plushies but he'll love it for decorative purposes
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:iconviergacht:
Viergacht Featured By Owner Aug 25, 2011  Professional General Artist
Awesome! I'd really like to see that when you finish.
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:iconcasziebubblz:
CaszieBubblz Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
I'm definately going to use this! Thanks! :D
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:iconviergacht:
Viergacht Featured By Owner Jul 23, 2011  Professional General Artist
Awesome! Show me when you finish :)
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:iconcasziebubblz:
CaszieBubblz Featured By Owner Jul 25, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
Finished :) [link] Thanks!
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AMELIEwolf43 Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011  Hobbyist Traditional Artist
i always find it hard to find a place to turn it inside out and stuff it.how is it so easy??
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:iconviergacht:
Viergacht Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2011  Professional General Artist
It's usually best to leave it open for turning on a long straight line where it can be hidden easily - on a teddy bear, for example, along the "spine" and on the back of the arms and legs.
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Gloomy--Rainbow Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011
I have all these googly eyes! Now I know what I'll be doing with them! 8D
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:iconviergacht:
Viergacht Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011  Professional General Artist
Yep, I have a ton of the goofy little things too XD
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Gloomy--Rainbow Featured By Owner Jun 6, 2011
Its amazing how they pile up and its like ohnoo all these tidbits!
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:icontigr3ss:
tigr3ss Featured By Owner Jun 3, 2011  Student Filmographer
What an adorable little thing.
I had something like that as a "beanie" (with rice) as a kid - they are fun!
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gotgrey Featured By Owner Jun 2, 2011  Hobbyist Artisan Crafter
Thank you for the pattern!
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