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How to sew a sweet puppy dog photo tutorial

Posted under BlogToy-making TIPS & TUTORIALS on 2012-06-25 08:16:45

I was so excited about this cute little Puppy Dog Soft Toy Pattern that I put out a teaser photo of him WAY before I even put the sewing pattern onto the computer. I couldn’t resist, I LOVE him to bits!!!! NOW I’ve put together a photo tutorial so you can see how to sew your own soft toy dog… STEP by STEP!

Puppy Dog Sewing Pattern - Pauline McArthur

*** PLEASE NOTE – this in ONLY a PHOTO TUTORIAL ***
The FULL PATTERN IS NOT included here. It is NOT A FREE PATTERN.

I have made this photo tutorial so people who have purchased the pattern can SEE how to sew this stuffed toy dog! (I wanted to explain this so you are not disappointed if you have found this page via a search engine and not from the link in my Puppy Dog Pete toy sewing pattern!)

Right, let’s sew

some doggy stuffed animals!


We start with the dog ears:

STEP 1

Sew the EAR PIECES together, leaving the straight edge open and turn them right sides out.

Dog toy easy sewing pattern

TIP: Press the ears flat with a cool iron or ‘finger-press’ the ears flat like I do – no need to bother getting the iron out!

Puppy dog tail:

STEP 2a

Sew the TAIL PIECES together, leaving the straight edge open. Remember to leave a gap for stuffing. It helps to make the tail stand up straight if it is stuffed AFTER the puppy is sewn and turned right sides out.

Dog toy sewing pattern tail

STEP 2b

Turn the TAIL PIECES right sides out and pin them together at the base.

smooth seams

TIP: I like to use a wooden chopstick to help turn the seams nicely. Run the end of the stick back and forth along the stitching inside the tail til the seam is nice and smooth

STEP 3a

Pin the TAIL to one of the BODY PIECES.

pin tail

STEP 3b

Pin and sew the BODY PIECES together (from A – B) with the TAIL pinned in position between them.

toy sewing pattern dog body

STEP 3c

Turn the BODY PIECES right sides out and check that the TAIL is caught in the seam.

dog pattern body

Arms and Legs:

STEP 4

Sew the LEG PIECES together in pairs, leaving the straight edge open. Remember to leave a gap for stuffing and turn right sides out.

1.Puppy sewing pattern

STEP 5

Sew the ARM PIECES together in pairs, leaving the straight edge open. Leave a gap for stuffing and turn right sides out.

2.Dog sewing pattern

STEP 6a

I created this Pinning Diagram to show you how to pin the arms and legs to the body with the right sides of the fabric pinned together.

pinning diagram

Pin one ARM and one LEG to one of the BODY PIECES.

sog sewing pattern pin leg and arm

STEP 6b

Pin the other ARM and LEG to other BODY PIECE.

dog toy pattern pin leg and arm

STEP 6c

Turn the BODY PIECES wrong sides out now and fold the LEGS in on top of the BODY PIECES, with the ARMS sticking out the front – like you see in the photo.

Tuck arms and legs inside body

TIP: Pin the arms at the front to keep them together and out of the way.

Dog Tummy:

STEP 7

Sew the TUMMY PIECES together from B – C.

dog sewing pattern tummy piece

STEP 8a

Pin the TUMMY PIECES to the BODY PIECES with the ARMS and LEGS sandwiched in between.

pin dog tummy pieces

STEP 8b

Tuck the ARMS inside again then sew the TUMMY PIECES to the BODY PIECES from D – B – D on the other side (with the ARMS and LEGS in between them!)

sew dog pattern body

Face and eyes:

STEP 9

Sew the FACE PIECES together from F – E.

Pete photo tutorial face

STEP 10

If you are using buttons or craft eyes, attach them now.

tutorial safety craft eyes

Dog Nose:

STEP 11

Sew the side darts on the NOSE PIECE next. Do NOT sew the dart at J now!

sew nose

STEP 12a

Pin the NOSE PIECE to the FACE PIECES, on ONE SIDE FIRST. Pin between J on one side to the top of the NOSE PIECE at E (where the FACE PIECES seam is).
Pin one side of nose

STEP 12b

Hand sew the NOSE to the FACE PIECES. Use a double strand of sewing machine thread and a tight back stitch. Pin and sew the other side of the NOSE PIECE to the FACE PIECES.

pin sew other side

TIP: If you want to sew it on the sewing machine, use lots of pins and sew with the FACE PIECE upwards so that you can ‘smooth’ out the ‘wrinkles’ that form in the FACE PIECE as you try to sew these 2 different shaped curves together.

STEP 12c

Your puppy’s nose should look like this now. Do your best BUT don’t worry if he has a few wrinkles, sometimes they cannot be avoided!
nose sewn

Dog Ears:

STEP 13

Pin the EARS in place on the FACE PIECES making sure that you match the dots of the pattern markings.
ears

Head:

STEP 14

Sew the BACK HEAD PIECES together from A-F.
back head pieces

STEP 15

Pin and sew the BACK HEAD PIECES to the FACE PIECES matching F and K. (with the ears in between!).

pin back head pieces

STEP 16

Sew the NOSE and HEAD PIECES together from N on the NOSE to L on the BACK HEAD PIECES. Don’t sew right up to the neck seam, you need to leave the neck open at G, so it’s easy to sew the head to the body!

pin nose closed

STEP 17a

Position the HEAD PIECES to the BODY PIECES at the neck seam matching points A, D and G.

pin head to body

TIP: I find the easiest way to do this is to turn the HEAD right sides out and position it ‘inside’ the body (facing the back).

STEP 17b

Pin and sew this neck seam from G – D – A – D to G on the other side.

pin head to body

STEP 18

Pull the HEAD PIECES back out of the body. Pin and sew the puppy closed from L on the BACK HEAD PIECE to M on the TUMMY PIECE, leaving a gap for stuffing.

head pinned to body

Assembly:

STEP 19

Turn your puppy right sides out through the gap left on the TUMMY PIECES.

turn softie

STEP 20

Fill the head and body with toy stuffing.

toy stuffing

STEP 21

If you are embroidering the eyes, do these now with black thread and sew 3 French knots for whisker-spots on each side.

French knot whiskers

STEP 22

Sew the gap on the TUMMY closed with ladder stitch.

How to do a ladder stitch - Pauline McArthur

sew tummy closed

STEP 23

Fill the ARMS, LEGS and TAIL firmly with toy stuffing and use a ladder stitch to close the openings on them.

stuff tail

Your Puppy Dog is ready to LOVE!


I can’t wait to see

YOUR

Doggies…

Puppy Pete feedback photos collage - web

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Pauline McArthur


Till next time,

Happy Sewing,

Pauline

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  1. Awwwww! So cute!

    Comment by Trinity Perona on August 16, 2014 at 12:14 am

  2. Hello, can you please tell me if you have any rules or objections to using your patterns to make toys to sell at all please? I’ve bought a couple to make out of baby clothes and have had a few ask me if I’ll do it for them and would like to charge but won’t if it’s not OK.
    Thanks
    Anna

    Comment by Anna on October 8, 2017 at 4:47 pm

  3. Hi Anna,
    My copyright guidlines are in my patterns and also on the FAQ page of my website. 🙂
    xxx
    Pauline

    Comment by Pauline on October 17, 2017 at 10:02 am

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