Valentine’s Day is not a day I normally do a lot of sewing for, but on a whim a few years ago I made my daughter a Valentine’s Day dress because I happened to have some really cute flannel with hearts on it.
I decided this year to make X and O softies with some of the scraps from that project, but you could of course your any fabric, fleece or felt you have handy, in whatever color you like.
You’ll also need a marker, scissors, sewing machine and thread, hand-sewing tools and stuffing.
Use the marker to draw out your shapes. I like that mine are irregular because I drew them by hand, but you could also print out the letters in a huge font font your computer, cut the out and trace them if you’d rather. If possible, stack your fabric right-sides together so you can cut out two matching shapes at once.
Use the sewing machine (or you could do this all by hand) to sew most of the way around the X and around all of the outside of the O but not the inside. Much trial and error resulted in the discovery that this is the way to sew a stuffed O.
Turn right side out and stuff the X with fiber stuffing (you’ll probably want a chopstick, dowel or the stick that comes with the stuffing to help get all the way down) as full as you like. Mine is pretty firm. Sew the hole by hand (I used pink thread and a whip stitch, but you can use something less visible if you like).
For the O, you’ll want to stitch a little of the inner O and stuff as you go, which actually makes the stuffing process a lot easier.
Now I really want to make a big tic-tac-toe board…