DIY Sewn Fish Toy

Here’s an easy little fish toy that I made today for the baby. I used fabric scraps, including part of an old neck tie. So far she likes to watch me wiggle the fish tail in front of her. It’s pretty cute. If you want to try making one, there are photos and directions below. Happy fish making!

First cut out two pieces of fabric into your fish shape. (I used a natural denim fabric.) Then get some small scraps for color accents and the tail.

Sew the fabric accent colors onto the sides of the fish pieces. For the yellow and black shapes, I turned the edges under then sewed them on. For the red shape, I did a zig-zag stitch around the edge (without folding the edge). Then I used the sewing machine on a straight stitch to make the eyes and wavy lines.

Place the two sides of the fish together, right side in. Then stitch around the edges, but leave the tail end open.

Turn the fish right side out and fill with stuffing of your choice.

Now insert the tail piece into the end. (I used a piece from an old neck tie.) Turn the edges of the fish under, then sew across the end of the fish and tail. Done!


  1. Amy
    July 26, 2011 at 4:23 pm

    What a cute fish, and an adorable baby! She's growing so fast, and looks just like her siblings!

  2. July 26, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    She is so cute! Love the fish project- so great to have toys that are easy to attach to strollers and car seats and less likely to end up lost.

    1. July 26, 2011 at 8:26 pm

      Great idea! I didn't even think of that. It would be great to attach it with a carabiner clip or something. I sewed over the tail handle three times, so it's nice and sturdy. Cool!

  3. July 26, 2011 at 4:48 pm

    Love that middle picture! Such a sweet toy.

  4. Nessa
    July 26, 2011 at 5:26 pm

    :D I totally skipped over the fish and scrolled from photo to photo of bubbi, she is AWESOME!!!

  5. July 26, 2011 at 8:23 pm

    Thanks everybody! Yeah, she definitely steals the show! She sure is a fun baby!

  6. July 26, 2011 at 9:10 pm

    I gotta say, the baby was definitely the best part of this tutorial -- and the tutorial was awesome! :)

  7. July 27, 2011 at 12:40 am

    She rocks! What a nice girl. Your fish is also great. Idea is simple but the outcome is fantastic, especcialy with the bright colours!

  8. July 27, 2011 at 1:24 am

    Like the fish well enough, but isn't your baby such a happy sparkly little thing!!! Beautiful!!!

  9. July 27, 2011 at 6:26 am

    Cute project! I love fun projects like this that are quick to make and that use up scraps from bigger projects -- I hate for anything to go to waste, so when I can find a creative, fun way to use up the leftover odds and ends, that's great!

  10. July 27, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    What a great fish toy and I love what you did with the necktie....and your baby is soooo beautiful. What great photos! btw, your woodpecker paper toy was a great hit with my Sunday Sch. class. The look on those boys faces when their bird was in action was priceless. Thank you!

  11. July 28, 2011 at 11:30 pm

    What a cute smile and a cute fish !!! I made this fish for my baby boy : Instructions are here (Sorry the tutorial is frensh !) :

  12. July 29, 2011 at 12:16 am

    Me gusta todo lo que haces y cómo lo haces, Joel. Tienes una autentica fan en Barcelona. Enhorabuena.

  13. July 29, 2011 at 6:15 am

    ADORABLE...both baby and fish! ;)

  14. July 29, 2011 at 10:46 am

    I love your toy fish! Cute!

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  16. August 12, 2011 at 12:19 pm

    J'adore ce poisson.

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  20. Esme
    August 26, 2013 at 7:16 pm

    What's this DIY thing?

    1. Esme
      September 4, 2013 at 4:25 pm

      Please reply!

    2. September 4, 2013 at 4:36 pm

      Hi Esme. Yes, DIY means "do it yourself". As opposed to just going to the store and buying a toy fish for example.

  21. Esme
    September 5, 2013 at 9:17 am

    There's a website called DIY ( do it yourself ) and you make a profile and do projects in real life then post them on it! You can complete challenges, get badges, and see other peoples stuff! If you want to check it out, I'm jubjub25.

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