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Extra! Extra! Zip-Up Zombie spills his guts!

October 8, 2012

Look what just crawled out from under a bush! Well, firstly me, after working in blog-absentia for months. (Shocking!) Secondly my latest design for a Zip-Up Zombie, which is up for voting on in this week’s Spoonflower Zombie plush toys contest. You unzip him down his middle to reveal his innards. Ew! Check him out, and vote for him if you’re lovin’ his maggot infested brain and his guts-oozing style. He’s feeling a little sad because  for some unknown reason the Spoonflower website turned his image into a little blue box on the voting page for a few days = most annoying! They’ve fixed it now but he’s lost some votes, so help him out will ya?! (You have until Wednesday to vote.)

Happy Sew Lucky Plush zombie

And for once I’m ahead of the game with the tutorial, and just in time for Halloween preparation. So let’s get stuck right into the instructions!

This tutorial requires a fat quarter of Zip-Up Zombie fabric on either Kona or the linen-cotton blend. The finished sewn-up Zombie is about 11″ (27cm) tall.


10“ (25 cm) Zipper

2 x 1/2” Buttons



Seam allowance = 1/4″ (6mm)

Double stitch at start and end of all seams.


A) Press your fabric. Cut out all your pieces along the black lines. Place EXTERIOR FRONT right side up, then place TOP INSIDE LINING right side up (with printed side upwards) on top.

zombie plush

B) Stitch all around black dotted stitch guidelines. Carefully cut along purple cutting lines, snipping close into corners without cutting the stitching.

zombie zipper


C) Push TOP INSIDE LINING through the cut hole, flatten to form the lining and press.

zombie plush pattern

D) Place an 10” zipper in place under the rectangular hole, with the metal tips at least 1/4″ (6mm) past the end of the rectangular opening. Topstitch all around it to secure it in place. Trim the excess zipper ends on the back side as shown.

Zombie zipper pouch

happy sew lucky zombie

zombie zipper pouch


A) Make a sandwich with BOTTOM INSIDE LINING right side up at the bottom, then TOP INSIDE LINING, then EXTERIOR FRONT right side up, and finally EXTERIOR BACK right side down. Pin and mark a 3” (75mm) wide gap at the feet.

Cut and sew pattern

B) Stitch all around the edge leaving the 3” (75mm) wide gap open at the bottom open for turning. (Remember to back stitch at start and finish to prevent unravelling.) Trim outer corners and snip inner corners.

pouch seams

C) Turn right side out. Turn seam allowance inwards at opening and press.

D) Stuff with stuffing between the BOTTOM INSIDE LINING and the EXTERIOR BACK. (So that you have three fabric layers on top and one below. Make sense?) Then top-stich or whipstitch the opening closed.


A) Place ARMS right sides together, matching RIGHT with RIGHT, and LEFT with LEFT. Stitch all around leaving open between dots. Notch around curves and turn right side out. Turn the seam allowance at the openings inwards and press. (For tips on turning see the third pic down in this tutorial.)

plush arms

B) Stitch a button hole the size of your button at the shoulder of each arm as shown. Stuff the arms and whipstitch the openings closed.

detachable arms

C) Stitch a button onto each shoulder of the EXTERIOR at the sides. Button your arms in place.

plush arms

That’s it, you’re all done!

If you’re a Halloween keener check out my Skellie pattern from last year, as well as my Glow-in-the-dark Ghosties craft tutorial.

And I promise to try and be a better bloggie friend from now on. Have a great Halloween.

11 Comments leave one →
  1. October 8, 2012 7:15 pm

    Excellent!! What a great idea 🙂

  2. October 8, 2012 8:46 pm

    Berene you are a genius! Where do all your amazing ideas come from. This is so funny, so clever, so apt! Delicious. Well done

  3. October 8, 2012 9:21 pm

    love it! You come up with the greatest ideas Berene!

  4. October 9, 2012 3:15 am

    What a fun idea, Zip up Zombie! love it!

  5. October 9, 2012 3:22 am

    p.s just voted for ya! 😉

  6. October 9, 2012 10:56 am

    Ew! How creepily awesome! I just voted for you and your Zip-Up Zombie!

  7. Jo Ann permalink
    October 9, 2012 11:13 am

    I went over and voted for you – Super cool idea! Love the guts!

  8. October 15, 2012 12:01 pm

    I can’t wait to make my very own gross little zombie. You’re the cleverist-ever, Berene.

  9. October 18, 2012 12:38 pm

    He is SO super awesome Berene! I shall make one for each of my boys,. One loves zombies and the other one loves band-aids, which is what we will stuff in his innards with! PS Does your Zombie have a name? Is he a vampire Zombie? I noticed he has fangs. I just have to ask so I’m prepared with the answers when my boys ask.

  10. October 31, 2013 8:23 am

    This is an awesome project. I like it so much I will make them for my kids.

    • October 31, 2013 9:34 am

      Thanks Sandy! It was fun to design. Hope your kids enjoy them.

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