DIY Peekaboo Turtle with Free Template

Today we are sharing a project from this awesome book, Flip Dolls & Other Toys That Zip, Stack, Hide, Grab & Go. This adorable Peekaboo Turtle comes with a free template and instructions to help you as you go. They would make great early holiday gifts or babyshower gifts, don’t you think?

Check out the Peekaboo Turtle Tutorial from Flip Dolls & Other Toys That Zip, Stack, Hide, Grab & Go after the jump…

Peekaboo Turtle

Your little turtle comes out of her shell to say hello! Make a few extra shells for your turtle—even reptiles need options.

Difficulty – Moderate

special skills Embroidery Details (page 20)

Tools & Materials
Basic Sewing Tool Kit (page 10)
Peekaboo Turtle Template
11 x 14-inch (27.9 x 35.6 cm) piece of fabric for the body
12 x 16-inch (30.5 x 40.6 cm) piece of fabric for the inner shell
12 x 16-inch (30.5 x 40.6 cm) piece of fabric for the outer shell
8 x 14-inch (20.3 x 35.6 cm) piece of low-loft batting (see page 14; I prefer the softness of cotton batting for this project)
Threads to match fabrics
Embroidery floss for the eyes

1 Copy the templates and cut them out.

2 Cut one of each Body template (Top and Bottom) in the body fabric, a Shell Top and Bottom from the inner shell fabric, and a Shell Top and Bottom from the outer shell fabric. Cut two low-loft batting pieces from the Bottom Shell template.

3 Stack the two Shell Bottom pieces with right sides facing on top of one piece of batting. Sew the layers, leaving a 1-inch (2.5 cm) opening. Clip slits in the seam allowance and turn right side out through the opening. Iron so that the edges of the opening are folded in. Topstitch around the edge, closing the opening as you go.

4 Sew the darts in the Shell Top pieces one at a time (these darts will add shape to the shell). Fold the fabric along the light gray lines and sew from the inside to the outer edge for each of the eight darts.

5 Stack the two shell top pieces, right sides facing, on the remaining batting, lining up the dart seams. Sew around the edge, leaving a small opening to turn the piece right side out. Clip slits in the seam allowance and turn right side out. Iron the shell, then topstitch around the edge, closing the opening as you go.

6 Tack the shell top to the shell bottom where indicated by black dots on the template. Make four strong tacking stitches in the topstitching on each dot.

7 Create the round head on the top body piece by pinning the curved edge A to the straight edge B of the turtle’s head. Sew edge A to edge B (or align the fabrics as you sew without pinning them first). Repeat on the other side of the head, sewing the straight edge C to the curved edge D.

8 Pin the top body to the bottom body with right sides facing, carefully lining up the newly sewn edges of the top head with the bottom head. Sew the top to the bottom, leaving a small opening in the hind leg. Clip small slits all the way around the body in the seam allowance right up to the seam. Take your time! Be careful not to cut through the seam, and pay special attention to sharp corners.

9 Turn the body right side out and poke out all points with a chopstick or other turning tool. Stuff the body firmly, adding small amounts of stuffing at a time. Sew the opening closed by hand using a ladder stitch.

10 Embroider the eyes using a satin stitch.

11Slip the turtle body into the turtle shell with the tacked points of the shell tucked in between the front and hind legs.

Now slip the turtle into a different shell. Maybe something with a stripe? What can I say? She’s fickle!



Shirley Polmateer

Where are the templates or pattern???????????????????????????
It is not right to say there is a pattern when there is none!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!


Tap on Peekaboo Turtle Template under Tools and Materials to download pattern. This is an adorable idea!


I just bought fabric to make these for my two boys! I can’t decide whether to save them for their stockings or pull them out on the airplane. So darling!


I am turning 81 this year, a widow for 23 years now and with limited mobility. I live by myself with a caregiver. I would like to make SMALL dolls and other stuff toys for the children in the cancer ward of a local hospital. I am pretty good with needles and thread. Could you help me get that book/magazine with Flip Dolls and other toys that zip,stack,hide, grab and go , please?

Ruth Allen

Love Love this pattern. Would love to make some for our Christmas fair at our church. Kids love turtles.
Would it at all be possible for me to buy this pattern?


How do I get the template? I can pull up the instructions as well as supplies, but no template.

june fitzpatrick

does anyone have the pattern for the peek-a-boo turtle, or does one need to buy a specific book. Many thanks. They are soo cute

Donna Borton

Such a cute ,I have my mom’s sewing machine and want to put it to good use talked to the children S hospital in our area and these would be perfect for them to keep on hand.


I ‘ve been looking for the pattern for this peekaboo turtle, unable to find anywhere.
How can we make them with out it? Do we have to purchase the book to get the pattern? Then your offer is not free.


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