Make: A DIY Baby Dragon Stuffed Animal (with a free PDF pattern)

Meet Ember, a sleepy newborn baby dragon who’s a bigger fan of cuddling than fire-breathing. With its bean bag body, this little dragon plushie is wonderful for plopping on a pillow or draping over the back of a car seat to encourage some chill snoozing and legendary dreams.

Our felt DIY dragon stuffed animal laying over a rock against a white background

Ember is perfect for kids looking for a bit more of a sewing challenge, or adults looking for a quick DIY toy you can gift to dragon-lovers.

Our fantastical plush is also part of the July Sew a Softie Challenge – an annual worldwide event – with a magical theme this year…!

Our felt DIY dragon stuffed animal laying over a rock against a white background

If you’re a fan of this cute little dragon, you’ll definitely want to check out Crabcakes – our DIY crab softie is the most adorable beginner project (and made from upcycled supplies!). Or try a unique technique to make your own no-smudge chalk pastel rainbow softie!

To make your own baby dragon bean bag stuffed animal you’ll need:

Note: We prefer to shop locally or use what we have at home, but this list contains Woodpeckers Crafts, Etsy, Blick Art Materials, and/or Amazon affiliate links for reference. As Amazon Associates, we make a small commission on qualifying purchases.*



Safety note: Making these for your own little (under 5) fire-breather? Put the beans in small fabric or plastic bags before stuffing. You can also skip them altogether and just use a polyfill or organic cotton stuffing. Also, be sure to sew on any details (eyes, nostrils, etc) rather than gluing.

Make a Bean Bag Baby Dragon Stuffed Animal – DIY Instructions:

  1. Print our baby dragon plush template and trace it onto felt

    Download and print our free baby dragon softie template.
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    Cut out the template pieces, trace onto felt, then cut out the shapes.

  2. Stack, pin, and sew the pieces of the top half of your dragon.

    Grab the two top body halves and the spiked spine piece. Line up and stack along the curve (as shown below) with the good sides facing each other.
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    Secure with pins, then sew a half-inch from the edge, following the curve.

  3. Pin and sew the wings on

    Pin the wings on either side of the dragon’s body, then sew a half-inch in from the straight edge.

    how to make a diy dragon plush step

  4. Pin together

    Stack top and bottom body pieces, then pin the front half and sew (we used an overcast stitch).
    how to make a diy dragon plush step

  5. Stuff and complete

    Stuff the front half with a handful of polyfill and another handful of beans (or whatever combination of stuffing you prefer – more beans will make it floppier, more stuffing will make it puffier. Once finished with the front half, pin, sew, and stuff the rest.

Our DIY baby dragon stuffed animal laying over a rock in front of a yellow background

Variations on our DIY dragon softies…

  • Want to speed up and simplify the process? Instead of using the top body pieces and spine, trace two copies of our flat bottom body piece then sew them together.
  • Making this for younger kiddo and not sure you want to include beans? Instead of using a mixture of beans and stuffing, you can simply leave out the beans. OR, place the beans in a plastic sandwich bag before sewing in. This will ensure beans won’t fall out, even if one of your stitches does.
Our felt DIY dragon stuffed animal laying over a rock against a white background

You might also like the DIY bean bag gnome plushes or DIY soft town play set – a squeezable village that kids can move around for super soft small world play.

Our felt DIY baby dragon stuffed animal laying on a fuzzy blanket
Our felt DIY baby dragon stuffed animal laying on a fuzzy blanket
Our felt DIY dragon stuffed animal laying over a rock against a white background

*A note about affiliate links: We strive to use simple, earth-friendly supplies that can be purchased locally whenever we can, but sometimes we find the best universally available options, a rare eco-friendly find, or a niche product only available on Blick Art Materials, Amazon, Etsy, or Woodpeckers Crafts. When included in our supply list, these products are affiliate links, and if you click through to make a purchase we receive a small commission that helps us re-order these supplies!

Amanda Eldridge
Amanda Eldridge

With a passion for cultivating imagination, Amanda aims to help kids and families discover their creative potential through art, play, adventure, activism, conservancy, and community. Amanda has a background in graphic design, environmental design, and art curation. When not playing with ideas and designs for barley & birch, she enjoys working in freelance design, art, and illustration.


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