Giraffe Toy Pouch

By  Mary Ayres 

Tidy up the nursery with this cute canvas bag, embellished with a felt giraffe with button spots.

  • Giraffe Toy Pouch


  • White canvas, 7/8 yd.
  • Yellow wool or regular felt, 1/4 yd.
  • Grosgrain ribbon, 1/2 yd.: yellow, 1-1/2”-wide; blue, 7/8”-wide
  • Pink extra-wide double-fold bias tape, 2 yds.
  • Pink embroidery floss
  • Two-holed buttons: blue, 9/16”, 12; white; 1/2”; black, 1/4”


  • Sewing machine and white thread
  • Embroidery needle

Basic Supplies

  • scissors, ruler, pencil, straight pins, transfer paper, copy paper

Pattern - Giraffe Toy Pouch

  • Size
  • 1. Size is 12"x12"x12".
  • Giraffe Toy Pouch
  • 1. Cut five 12-1/2" canvas squares for sides and bottom of bag.
  • 2. Print out patterns onto copy paper; cut out. Trace and cut out giraffe from felt. Pin giraffe onto front of one canvas square, 1" from bottom edge, with tip of nose 2-1/2" from right side. Use three strands of pink embroidery floss to blanket stitch around giraffe edges, tail, and antlers.
  • 3. Transfer lettering to square using transfer paper. Use three strands of pink embroidery floss to stem stitch lettering. Attach blue buttons to canvas square at "x" marks indicated on pattern using pink embroidery floss. For eye, use white thread to sew black button on white button and white button on dot indicated on pattern. Knot and clip thread ends.
  • 4. Sew giraffe square plus three other squares together with right sides facing, forming tube, leaving 1/4" at bottom of each seam unstitched for bag sides.
  • 5. Sew remaining canvas square around bottom of sides, pinning and stitching one side at a time, stopping seams 1/4" from each corner.
  • 6. Follow manufacturer's instructions to sew bias tape around raw edge at top of bag.
  • 7. For handles, cut two 9" lengths each from yellow ribbon, blue ribbon, and bias tape. Place different color ribbon and bias tape pieces centered on top of each other and stitch together along both sides of bias tape to join.
  • 8. Pin assembled handle ends to bag sides, 1-1/2" from top and 3" apart at center, with right side of ribbon facing out. Machine-sew zigzag stitch attaching handle ends to bag, going over stitching several times for added strength.
  • Tip
  • 1. Omit blanket stitching around giraffe edges and use sewing machine or fabric glue to attach to canvas.