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How to Sew a Dart – video tutorial

How to Sew a Dart - video

Most people learn how to sew a dart because they’re sewing clothing. Darts are one of several ways to shape the clothes to the body.

But sometimes I use darts in my softie designs. Just like clothing, they can give a softie a nice rounded shape. You can get rounded shapes with curved seams too – but sometimes a dart is just right. Especially if I want to suggest a belly button!

Darts are sort of like partial seams – little tucks in the fabric. I’ve met a lot of folks who find them intimidating, but they’re actually very easy to sew. Watch the video to see how easy.

(And to see a sneak peek at this cute puppy softie.)

See? Learning how to sew a dart isn’t hard at all! And – unlike clothing where you really want those tapered ends of your darts to be PERFECT so they lie nice and flat, any imperfections in a stuffed animal’s belly dart just makes it look even more like a belly button. See where I positioned the end of the dart on Munch here?

Munch the Pocket Mouth Softie from Shiny Happy World

I did that on purpose. 🙂 You can’t fail!

Happy sewing!


  1. Judi SAYS...

    Wendi, I just wanted to pop in say that you do an excellent job in your video tutorials. Keep it up!

    • wendigratz SAYS...

      Thanks so much!