How to: Handmade Cow Doll

by Elizabeth Sobiski
Make this doll with the basic shape of a cow.

Make this doll with the basic shape of a cow.

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Making dolls for friends, relatives, or to sell is a rewarding hobby. Crafting cow dolls takes some basic sewing skills and a few supplies. The end product is a soft and plush toy. By making it yourself, you customize the doll to look exactly the way you want it, from a standard black-and-white cow to a cow made of neon colors. The project takes less than a day to make with supplies available at many craft and sewing supply stores.

Items you will need

  • Paper
  • Pencil
  • Felt, 2 sheets one color, 1 sheet of another color
  • Scissors
  • Pinking shears
  • Needle and thread
  • Fiberfill
  • Fabric glue
  • Fabric markers
Step 1

Draw the outline of a cow onto a piece of paper. If you are not comfortable with freehand, trace an existing picture of a cow, such as from a book. This outline is the finished size of the doll, so make sure it is as large as you want the doll to be.

Step 2

Stack two pieces of felt on top of each other. Place the paper outline on top of the felt and cut the shape out with scissors. Go around the shape again with the pinking shears to give the edges detail.

Step 3

Sew around the outer edge of the cow, leaving a two-inch space open for stuffing. Stitch an eighth inch from the base of the triangles made by the pinking shears.

Step 4

Stuff the cow with the fiberfill. Do not worry about overstuffing the doll and make it as plump as you like. Sew the two-inch opening shut with tiny whip stitches.

Step 5

Cut circles or spots from the remaining sheet of felt with either the regular scissors or the pinking shears. Glue the spots on with the fabric glue.

Step 6

Draw a face or other details with the fabric markers. If you want to decorate it further, glue buttons, ribbon bows, or other embellishments to your cow. Let the glue dry for 24 hours and the marker dry for an hour. The doll is now finished and ready to play with.

Tips & Warnings

  • If you are giving the doll to a child three-years-old or younger, ensure that everything is sewed on securely or drawn on to avoid a choking hazard.

Photo Credits

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