If you are looking to improve your sewing skills, one of our favourite sites for this skill is Sew a Softie  https://www.sewasoftie.com/.  Trixi teaches classes, has books and every July gathers people from around the world to participate in Sew A Softie!  This year we wanted to make a lily pad that you could use in small world play with your other stuffies or figurines that might live in a pond!  


  • Lily Pad Template: lilyPadSoftiePattern
  • Felt
  • Sewing Scissors
  • Scissors
  • Embroidery floss
  • Needle
  • Bead
  • Stuffing
  • Tape

We always find these items useful too:



  • Print and cut out the patterns for your softie.
  • Tape them to your felt with a donut (where the tape forms a loop with the sticky side facing out), cut out your shapes.
  • Sew any details that you may like to your flower petals.
  • Layer your petals on top of one another with the larger ones at the bottom.  Place a bead on top for your centre and then sew the flower to one piece of your lily pad.
  • Place your lily pad with the flower on top of your other lily pad and then sew around the edges (with a little border).  Be sure to stop to leave a space to insert your stuffing.
  • Insert your stuffing or filler.
  • Sew your lily pad closed.
  • Incorporate your lily pad into play or give it to a friend along with a frog figurine or stuffie!

Find all the Sew a Softie FREE patterns here: https://www.sewasoftie.com/2020/08/free-softie-sewing-patterns-sew-a-softie-2020.html

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With the provided template and how-to video, sew your own lily pad softie for small world play with your toys or figurines!


  • Learning how to sew allows children to practice a multitude of fine motor skills.

Safety Notes

  • We suggest that you use a tray and a smock to protect your clothing and surfaces.
  • Use scissors with care and direct, adult supervision.
  • Cord, yarn etc. can be a strangulation hazard, therefore be sure to use with direct supervision and for its intended purpose.
  • Beads can be a choking hazard, therefore be sure to keep them out of the reach of children ages 0-3 years of age or those that tend to put things into their mouths.
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