Wonky Stuffed Numbers

I can’t believe I have a 5-year-old. Yup, my oldest is five. To celebrate, I made these fun wonky number softies. Fun to use as photo props, decor, as learning tools, or just to play with. You can make these wonky numbers yourself, too! I made these with fabric from Modern Yardage. I love this fabric because it has numbers all over it, too! Numbers on numbers… fun, right?

You can make your own wonky stuffed numbers. My whole set of numbers 1 through 5 took about 90 minutes, but it would be very easy to whip one number up in 30 minutes or less.

number softies

I started with a half yard of fabric from Modern Yardage. I folded it in half, right sides together and drew large block numbers with a fabric marking pencil. I did these freehand, but you could use stencils or print out numbers and trace them onto the fabric.

draw numbers with chalk pencil I rough cut the numbers through the double layer of fabric.

cut out numbers I stitched on the outlines of the numbers with my sewing machine, stitching through both layers, the fabric still right-sides-together. I left a 1.5-2″ gap in the stitching between where I started and where I stopped. This hole will help me turn the numbers right-side-out and stuff my wonky number softies.

After stitching, I cut about 1/4″ from my stitching with pinking shears. Pinking shears are the scissors that cut in a zig-zag. They are great for cutting something out and clipping a curved seam at the same time. You can use regular scissors here, but using pinking shears will keep the curves from puckering when you turn the number.

stitch and use pinking shears

Through the gap I left in my stitching, I pulled the right side through the hole, turning the number right side out. Use a chopstick or other tool to gently poke the corners out.

turn number right side out Time to stuff! The trick to stuffing the numbers is to push in about a handful of stuffing at a time, and push it to the furthest end. Stuff the numbers by filling the ends first, and then keep adding stuffing until it gets to the middle.

stuff the number Stitch your hole closed, and you’ve finished your number! YAY!

number softies I love my wonky numbers!

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