Koala Sewing Pattern to Support Australian Wildlife
Crafters around the world are uniting to help support wildlife affected by the Australian bushfires. After a suggestion from some of the members in my Fluffmonger Patterns Facebook group, I’ve created a stuffed koala sewing pattern to help raise funds for organizations assisting with wildlife rescue and rehabilitation efforts. Thanks to voters on Facebook, the koala for the sewing pattern has received the name “Irwin” in honor of Steve Irwin!
You can purchase Irwin the Koala PDF sewing pattern pattern in my Etsy shop for an immediate download (proceeds will be donated to WIRES Australian Wildlife Rescue and Port Macquarie Koala Hospital), or, if you prefer to donate directly to an organization, you can send proof that you’ve donated to one of the organizations listed below (minimum suggested donation of $5), and I will email you the pattern as soon as I can (please note that this may not be an immediate download as I will need time to verify donations and reply to emails).
Irwin the Koala sewing pattern comes with a koala pattern in two different sizes— 10″ (25 cm) and 5″ (13 cm)—for making a full size and tiny koala. Option 1 has Irwin the Koala in his mother’s pouch, and option 2 has Irwin the Koala holding a heart. The 10″ size makes a huggable koala, and the 5″ size makes a perfect pocket friend, desk companion, or ornament.
The pattern comes with a 1/4-inch (6 mm) seam allowance that includes the stitch line in case you prefer to sew patterns without a seam allowance. Fleece fabric (poly or natural) is recommended, but the pattern can also be sewn with minky, velour, or even a lightweight, knit sherpa if you are an experienced sewist (fleece only is recommended for the tiny size koala).
If you’ve never sewn a plush toy before, I have plenty of free tutorials including this video on making a plush otter where I go over all the skills needed for making Irwin the Koala. You don’t have to sew it alone! Join my Facebook group, Fluffmonger Patterns, where you can ask questions, post photos, and make friends!
Selling Items Made with this Pattern or Creating Derivative Works
This pattern may be used to create handmade toys to sell, but items may not be mass-produced. Please give credit to Fluffmonger with “pattern by Fluffmonger” and a link to my website, www.fluffmonger.com on your tags and listings.
If you modify the pattern or use certain pieces to create another pattern, still credit Fluffmonger, as these are considered derivative works.
I am currently taking a break from making kits for my patterns due to some bumps in the road with suppliers of the organic fabrics I hand-dye. If you’re interested in any of my kits, please check back regularly or sign up for my newsletter to receive updates on when they’re back in stock.
***Update 3/5/2020: These are the receipts for the donations to WIRES and Port Macquarie Koala Hospital.