It’s best to attach parts like ears or a tail to your softies by machine, versus by hand, especially if you’ll be giving the toy to a young child. Machine sewn seams are strong which means that the parts are less likely to come loose over time or after several washings. And they’re perfectly even, too, which is nice.
Sometimes you can easily find a good place to situate a softie part so that it can be machine sewn. Placing an ear between the side of the head and the head gusset, for example. But other times there really isn’t a seam where you need there to be one.
In that case, you can just create a seam! Make a small slit and slide the part right in. Then sew the slit closed and you’ve got a machine sewn seam.
I made this 1-minute video (with peppy music!) to show you how I do it:
Once you give it a try a whole world of softie design possibilities will open up. I use this technique in all of the patterns shown in this post (and many more!).
I hope you enjoy using this attachment method in your own softie and doll designs.