Carter the Crab Softie

size: 9-1/2"x7-1/2"


  • Fabric scraps
  • Coordinating-color thread
  • Embroidery floss
  • Fairfield Soft Touch Poly-fil Supreme Fiberfill

Basic Supplies

scissors, pencil, straight pins, scrap paper


  • Sewing needle
  • Sewing machine
  • Dritz Turning Tubes


  • 1. Print out patterns. Trace pattern pieces onto scrap paper. Align pattern paper pieces with fabric; pin together and cut out. Use 1/4” seam allowance throughout but slightly smaller for smaller pattern pieces.
  • 2. Position right sides facing together and sew thumb pieces from one corner to other corner. Repeat for other thumb. Turn both thumbs right side out; stuff with fiberfill.
  • 3. Position one claw piece right side up on work surface; align raw edge of thumb piece where thumb connects to claw (noted by dots on pattern). Make sure claw curls inward. Position other claw piece on top, right side facing down, creating claw-thumb-claw sandwich. Sew edge of whole claw piece, with thumb on inside, leaving end open for turning. Repeat with other claw and thumb pieces.
  • 4. Turn both claw pieces right side out, gently pulling out thumb. Stuff claw first then topstitch closed sewing straight across from one side to other side. (Note: To topstitch, sew straight stitch 1/4” from edges.) Stuff elbow area and topstitch closed. Stuff bicep. Set both claw pieces aside.
  • 5. Position two arm pieces right sides facing together. Sew from one corner on end of arm up and over to other corner of arm. Repeat for all six arms.
  • 6. Turn all arms inside out. Stuff arms at tips, then topstitch closed (as in process used on claws). Stuff second segment on each arm and topstitch closed. Stuff third segment on each arm and topstitch closed. Stuff remaining area on each arm.
  • 7. Position back leg pieces together with right sides facing. Sew from one corner on end of back leg down and around to other corner of leg. Repeat for other back leg.
  • 8. Turn both back legs inside out. Topstitch segment closed. (Note: Do not stuff bottom segment on leg as it is meant to be flat.) Stuff segment on each back leg and topstitch closed. Back legs have total of five segments.
  • 9. Position belly pieces with right sides facing up on work surface. Position each belly side piece on either side of belly pieces with right sides facing up.
  • 10. Position one finished claw on top corner of belly piece, so raw edge of claw is on left side of belly and tips of claws are pointing upwards.
  • 11. Position three finished arms as follows: first arm below claw pointing in same upwards direction as claw; second arm pointing downwards on work surface (by lining up seam edges across from one another and pressing flat); third arm so tip is pointing downward (opposite of first arm). (Note: All arms should be positioned with raw edge flush left side edge of belly piece.)
  • 12. Position left belly side piece on top of claw and arms. Sew all pieces together.
  • 13. Repeat steps 10, 11, and 12 for other side of belly, making sure raw edge flush on right side edge of belly piece.
  • 14. Position crab right side facing up on work surface. Position remaining belly piece right side facing down along top edge of sewn crab. Pin pieces together and sew in place, completing whole underbelly of crab.
  • 15. Position belly of crab with right side facing up on work surface. Position back leg on bottom edge of belly near seam and last arm, curling leg inwards. Position other back leg on other side in same manner. Pin pieces in place.
  • 16. Position all claws and arms to right side of crab. Position top shell piece right side facing down; pin corners together. Sew around edges, beginning on left back leg, around corner just pinned, and up towards and past eye area. Position claws and arms downwards through bottom opening; gently stuff corner just sewn. With claws and arms out of way, pin other corner and stitch opposite side closed, leaving 1” open on bottom of crab.
  • 17. Gently pull claws, arms, and back legs out of shell. Turn crab right side out. Use turning stick to push out two side corners of crab and two eye sockets. Stuff crab beginning in corners and eyes, working outward. Tuck in 1/4” raw edge on opening; stitch opening closed.
  • 18. Hand sew eyes, knotting thread on eye sockets.
  • Tip
  • 1. Securely sew tiny embroidery knots for eyes if making crab for child three years or younger. Buttons or beads can be a choking hazard.

by Kerry Goulder

Pattern - Carter the Crab Softie

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