Vintage Crafts- Vintage Stuffed Donkey Plushie and Free Pattern

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Hi everybody! Today I am back with another vintage craft to share with you all, yay! This diy, I have to say, has been my favorite to make so far! I got the how-to from a January 1956 issue of Workbasket Magazine. I am a huge fan of stuffed animals, and he was just too cute, even in drawing form! I couldn’t resist making one for myself!

Here is the Original:


The How-To:

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The Pattern:



To print the pattern, just save the image to your computer and print it in landscape on a regular piece of 8.5×11 paper.

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For my little donkey I used grey wool felt for the body. I used orange wool felt for the leg trim or inside pieces, and lime green for the hoofs. For the ears I used a mustard wool felt. The eyes were just regular black and white felt scraps. For the hair I used an aqua wool blend yarn. I followed the pattern and instructions pretty much exact. However, instead of whipping on the hoofs and the eyes, I glued them on with fabric glue. I also just left the tail bushy instead of wrapping it.


I really enjoyed making him! He did take me a few hours to make, but it was pretty easy work. It was a little difficult to blanket stitch areas that were fully stuffed but patience and stiff fingers prevailed and I made it work. The yarn was quite difficult to pull through my felt as well, but a pair of pliers helped to gently force it through.


I absolutely adore my little donkey! He is probably my favorite thing I have made in a long while! I do hope some of you lovely ladies and gents will make your own sometime. It is well worth the effort! I’ll be back soon with another fun vintage craft. Until then…

Happy Crafting!

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  2. Barbara

    OMG-too cute! As a kid I had a stuffed Eyore whose tail was removable He was well loved. You did a great job, he is so cute..

    • Aw, that sounds adorable! My sister’s favorite toy when she was a toddler was a classic piglet. I had so much fun making this little guy! Can’t wait to make another plush soon :)