Make a Felt VW Bug


I have had a long love affair with the humble VW bug. My sister used to own a crimson one and we would spend hours happily tinkering with it on weekends together, fixing the engine and the brakes. Seriously, cars were very easy to work on in the days before they built pollution controls and computers into them.

I also have an ongoing love affair with felt and I have a few sheets of a delicious recycled felt from Kunin that is printed in bright pink with black polka dots. It seems like a perfect match – VW bug and pink-and-black polka dots. So here is my take on a felt plush bug of the automotive type.

Materials & Tools

  • Kunin Felt, 8-1/2″x11″: black, pink/black polka dot
  • DMC Black #5 Pearl Thread
  • Fiberfill
  • Tracing paper
  • Scissors
  • Needle
  • Pencil

Hand draw a VW bug or download my template from here:

Fold the polka dot felt in half and pin the template to the felt. Cut out two car shapes.

Pin the wheel and window templates to the black felt and cut the two tires and two windows.

Flip the polka dot felt so the pink side faces up and pin the fender templates to it. Cut front and rear fenders.

Using only the front of the car, pin all of the black and plain pink pieces to the car. Sew on the windows using a straight stitch.

Sew around the top half of the wheels and the fenders using straight stitch. Add stitch lines to define doors and other elements marked on the template.

Pin both pieces of the car together – right sides out and sew around the edge using blanket stitch leaving a small area not sewn. Use this to fill the car with a small amount of fiberfill pushing it into the wheels and the front and rear of the car.

Finish sewing up the shape. Enjoy!

 by Helen Bradley (

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