Kristen McQuillin made a plush kiwa hirsuta lobster, and a pattern so you can, too.

Inspired by the recently reported kiwa hirsuta lobster, I designed a plush toy. Although she’s not anatomically correct in every detail (PDF), I think she is an identifiable member of this new species.

For anyone interested in sewing one of their own, I’ve developed a pattern with instructions and released it under a Creative Commons license. I don’t recommend this project for people averse to hand-sewing or turning things inside out–there’s plenty of both involved. But it’s all simple sewing and assembly if you understand the basics of seaming and stuffing.

“Tasty” stuffed lobster pattern & instructions: 4 page A3 size 700 KB PDF
“Tasty” stuffed lobster pattern & instructions: 10 page Letter size, 1.1 MB PDF

Here’s a comparison of the plushy (top) and real deep sea lobster. (Thanks, Shannon!)

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Becky Stern

Becky Stern

Becky Stern ( is a DIY guru and director of wearable electronics at Adafruit. She publishes a new project video every week and hosts a live show on YouTube. Formerly Becky was Senior Video Producer for MAKE. Becky lives in Brooklyn, NY and belongs to art groups Free Art & Technology (“release early, often, and with rap music”) and Madagascar Institute (“fear is never boring”).

  • Sylvia

    Wow, this is amazing! Thanks for putting up a pattern–as a marine scientist, I might just have to make one!

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