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How to Sew a Turtle Mop [Free Turtle Mop pattern]

Below you will find my step by step written tutorial with VIDEO instructions for all the visual learners.

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How to make a Turtle Mop

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How to Sew Turtle Mops

Watch the diy turtle mops video first and then follow the written step by step instructions below.
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STEP 1: Get the FREE turtle mop pattern OR make your own

turtle mop pattern

to make the larger turtle, simply print at 120-125%

For this tutorial I chose to make the small turtle. It’s still large enough to clean small spills around the kitchen. The finished size of the body of the small turtle is 8 x 6″ (20 x 15cm), this is not including the head, tail or the legs.


pick a pair of old jeans and a hand towel and place the jeans on top of the towel. Pin the pattern on top and cut it out

cut out the pieces for the head, tail and feet out of the denim fabric.

and cut them out. You will have 14 pieces total: 2 body pieces, 2 head pieces, 2 tail pieces and 8 legs/feet/


place the head, tail and feet pieces right sides together


sew around using a 1/4″seam allowance


cut out notches or use pinking shears on the curves


turn all pieces right sides out


place the jeans body piece with right side up, then place the head, tail and feet on top of the jeans body piece and pin in place


sew/baste to keep the parts from moving


place the body pieces right sides together, leaving a 2″ (5cm) gap for turning

STEP 10:

sew around using a 1/4″seam allowance

STEP 11:

turn the turtle mop around and push out the fabrics. Press

STEP 12:

turn in the raw edges of the gap and pin it in place

STEP 13:

topstitch all around

STEP 14: (optional) add details

the basic DIY turtle mop is now ready.

You can add details: eyes and nails. Roughly mark where these details would be using a fabric marker.

Choose the zig zag stitch on your machine, I’m using stitch width 4, stitch length 0

For one of my turtle I did the eyes and skipped the nails. For the other one I did both the eyes and the nails. I love them both and I had some free time, but you can definitely skip them altogether.

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