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How to Sew Sally from Nightmare Before Christmas (Free Pattern for Felt Craft)

If you’re a fan of the movie “The Nightmare Before Christmas,” then you’re in for a treat! Get ready to bring Sally to life with this delightful felt craft.

With a free pattern download, a helpful video tutorial, and step-by-step photo tutorials, creating your own Sally plush ornament has never been easier. Add a touch of spooky fun to your Halloween or Christmas decor with this fun felt craft that uses hand sewing.

This felt softie can be made with or without a hanger. If you add a ribbon loop to the top, you will have a Sally doll ornament to use on your Halloween or Christmas tree.

This Sally plush is a little more complicated than my other The Nightmare Before Christmas sewing patterns, including:

A halloween doll with bats and spiders on a yellow background.

How to Sew a Sally Plush Doll Ornament from Nightmare Before Christmas


  • Sally Pattern
  • Craft felt in a variety of colors (scraps are great to use!)
  • Ribbon for the hanger
  • Thread in black, red, and white
  • Poly-fil Stuffing
  • Needle
  • Scissors
  • Hot glue gun

This is a great source for getting lots of different colored felt for sewing projects.


Step 1

Print out the Sally pattern. Cut out the individual pieces. Use these patterns to trace on the felt and cut out the pieces.

A set of felt pieces and scissors on a white surface.

Step 2

Sew the eyes and the mouth pieces to one head piece.

You can use red thread to sew on the mouth. Or you can use your black thread to make the stitching accents, as seen above, and just attach it that way under the stitching.

Use black thread to make the scar, eye lashes and other accents as you see in the photo.

Step 3

Sew the red bangs onto the head piece with the eyes and mouth.

A felt doll with a red hair and blue eyes.

Step 4

Place the second head pattern piece (without the eyes and mouth) on top of the back hair piece. Then place the head piece with the face and bangs on top of those pieces.

If you would like to make this plush an ornament, loop a piece of ribbon and insert the cut ends in between the two head pieces.

Sew the four pattern pieces together, but sew only along the top of the head, from the edge of the left bangs to other edge of the bangs on the right side. If you inserted ribbon to be a hanger, be sure that you sew enough stitches over the ribbon to secure it.

A little red riding hood ornament with a blue face.

Step 5

Add stuffing into the head piece from the bottom. Then sew the head pieces together. However, only sew the two blue head pieces together, do not sew through the hair.

Also, you want to leave an opening at the base of the had to insert the neck/dress later.

Step 6

Now start sewing the arms. Sew the blue arm pieces together, leaving a small gap after most of the arm is sewn and adding a little bit of stuffing inside.

You might need to use a pencil or chopstick to get the stuffing in the small arm.

Then finish your stitching and knot it to secure. Do the second arm in the same way.

A person's hand is holding a string of toys.

Next, place the arm in between the two sleeve patterns (shown in pink). Sew the sleeve pattern pieces together, with the arm inside.

Repeat for the second arm with the purple pattern pieces.

Step 7

Cut a variety of small scrap pieces from a variety of colors to use on the dress. Arrange them on the base felt dress pattern until you like the design, then sew onto the base dress pattern using simple stitches in black floss.

A small piece of felt with a colorful pattern on it.

Step 8

Sew the front dress piece (the one with the patches) to the back dress piece. Leave a small gap to put some stuffing in. Then finish sewing the dress and knot the thread to secure.

Step 9

Insert the neck piece on the dress into the Sally head piece. Sew together.

A person is making an ice cream cone out of colored paper.

Then hot glue the arms onto the body.

A person is using a glue gun to make a stuffed animal.

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If you like this felt Sally plush doll, be sure to check out more of my other felt Halloween crafts:

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