Ribbon Jellyfish Tutorial


An abundance of ribbon led to these simple jellyfish creations (as mentioned in The Scrapbook Diet): fabric jellyfish with button eyes and ribbon tentacles. They’re easy to make and the design can be adapted to whatever fabrics, ribbons and buttons you have on hand.


1. Materials needed:

  • ribbon & fibers in various widths and lengths – the ones in the example are approx. 18″ long
  • 2 pieces of fabric cut into “D” shapes – the example is approx. 4″ x 5″
  • 2 buttons for the eyes
  • Cotton or polyester fiberfill

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2. Save a 6″ length of ribbon for the top loop. Line up the remaining ribbon along the straight edge of the right side of one fabric piece. Leave a little room on each side for the seam allowance. Pin and baste. If the ribbons are moving around too much, try basting a few layers at a time instead.

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3. Sew button eyes onto the right side of one fabric piece. I staggered the eyes for fun.

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4. Fold the saved piece of ribbon in half to form a loop. On the right side of one fabric piece, sew the ribbon to the top, matching raw edges. Note: This photo was actually taken after step 5, when I realized I hadn’t taken a photo of the ribbon loop… hence the sewn sides.

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5. With right sides facing, stitch fabric pieces together, leaving a small opening for the stuffing. Be careful not to sew the dangling ribbons! In this example, I left the opening at the top, but I would suggest the side instead – the ribbon loop was tricky when hand-stitching the opening together.

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6. Turn right side out and stuff with fiberfill.

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7. Hand-stitch the opening closed. Leave ribbon ends as is, or trim to a more even length. Hang on a small hook.

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jellyfish variations

  • Try using clear vinyl for the body and filling it with something interesting. In the pink jellyfish shown, I used fabric on one side and clear vinyl on the other, and filled with buttons. (It’s a little heavy, though).
  • Try shorter pieces of ribbon.
  • Try different body shapes and fabrics. The white one shown is tall, and the blue one is wide.
  • Try gathering the bottom of the body, like the white one.
  • Try a variety of ribbons, fibers and color combinations. The fibers I used are by BasicGrey.

This is a quick and easy project with many possibilities. Have fun!

  • http://mzlavr2.blogspot.com/ Pam

    Super cute idea, our cats would eat them so not something I can do any time soon..