Sew a No-calorie Donut


Designed by Linda Turner Griepentrog

If your resolution is to cut back on sugary snacks, these no-calorie donuts  can serve as a fun reminder of your new quest. Just stack them up on a small plate and watch co-workers do a double-take.

Finished Size of Project: 4” (10.16cm) diameter


Coats Dual Duty XP All-purpose threads- to match

3 rectangles assorted colors brown felt, 9” x 12” (22.86cm x 30.48cm), for donuts

1 rectangle each white and light pink felt, 9” x 12” (22.86cm x 30.48cm), for frostings

Assorted seed and other small beads

Polyester fiberfill stuffing

Make the Pattern

Draw a 4” (10.16cm) diameter circle and center a 1” (2.54cm) circle inside it. Cut out the large circle and the inner circle.


From each brown felt, cut:

2 donuts

From the frosting felt colors, cut:

3 donuts total

Making the Donuts

  1. Trim each frosting with random curved edges ¼” to ½” (.64cm-1.27cm) smaller than the donut size.
  2. Pin a frosting on the donut top, aligning the center hole. Using a narrow zigzag and matching thread, sew around the outer frosting edges.
  3. Hand-stitch beads randomly on the frosting as sprinkles.
  4. Layer two matching donut shapes wrong sides together, matching raw edges. Using a narrow zigzag and matching thread, sew around the inner hole. Sew around the outer circle, leaving a 1” (2.54cm) opening.
  5. Using a chopstick or other small stuffing tool, stuff the donut firmly, pushing stuffing around the entire circle. Hand- or machine stitch the opening closed.

Printable Pattern

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