How to make a giraffe rattle toy

This adorable soft toy would make a great gift for a baby or a small child! Find out how to make a giraffe rattle toy of your own…

How to make a giraffe toy

We’re in love with this gorgeous giraffe toy created by Jessica Entwistle! It’s child-safe with no swallowing hazards, so it’s an ideal gift for a young child.

It’s a quick sewing project if you’re looking for a last minute gift to make in a hurry.

Read on to find out how to make a giraffe toy with our step-by-step tutorial.

If you’re new to sewing, check out our how to use a sewing machine guide, beginners guide to sewing and sewing patterns for beginners.

Fabrics used

The fabrics used are from the Les Petits collection by Amy Sinibaldi.

  • Petits Strokes, Coral.
  • Petits Strokes, Sun.



You Will Need

  • Fabric (25x40cm (10x16in))
  • Round rattle insert (25mm (1in))
  • Stranded cotton (2cm (3/4in) width x 21cm (8 1/4in))
  • Cotton tape
  • Polyester fibrefill
  • Matching sewing thread
  • Basic sewing kit

Total time:

Cutting out

Step 1

Cut the fabric in half widthways.

Step 2

Download the template and trace around it onto the wrong side (WS) of one piece of fabric, adding all the markings. Cut this out with a 1cm (38in) seam allowance.

Step 3

Pin centrally right sides (RS) together on top of the other piece of fabric.

Assembling the body

Step 1

Fold the tape in half lengthways and topstitch down the length. Cut into three 7cm (234in) lengths.

Step 2

Fold the strips into loops and place them between the fabric sandwich with the raw ends facing the giraffe’s outer edge in the positions you’ve marked, then pin into place.

How to make a giraffe rattle toy step one

Step 3

Sew together all the way around, remembering to leave a turning gap.

Step 4

Cut off the excess fabric.

Finishing off

Step 1

Turn the giraffe RS out through the turning gap. Press and then stuff firmly.

Step 2

Insert the rattle into the giraffe’s main body, making sure it’s covered in stuffing.

Step 3

Ladder stitch the turning gap closed.

Step 4

Embroider eyes onto the giraffe into the marked positions using satin stitch.

How to make a giraffe rattle toy step two