This Puppy Dog Stuffed Animal Pattern post is sponsored by the lovely folks at Cost Plus World Market.
My kids are getting a little bit older and I feel like every year the holidays have gotten a busier and busier. Maybe it’s because we keep adding new children into the mix, but nevertheless, I thought it would be good to do something this year to help us slow down and think about the true meaning of this holiday season. It’s important to me to teach my children to help others that may be less fortunate and to teach them to be grateful for the lives they have been given. My two older girls, Savannah (7) and Matilda (6) are definitely at an age where they can understand the concept of helping others and giving back. And this holiday season we are planning to ‘Share the Joy’ with others.
First, I decided on a charity in our area that I thought could use a little joy this year. I chose ‘Turning Point Women’s Shelter’ that is a center that helps battered and abused women and children. I thought that these mom’s and children could certainly use something to brighten their day. But I thought it would be best to focus on the children since I thought that’s what Savannah and Matilda would relate to the most.
World Market generously gave me gift cards to their store to create something for these children. I searched around World Market and decided that I wanted to create a cuddly stuffed animal paired with some of the great books that they carry. They have so many fantastic books in the toy department right now! Stuffed animals can get a little pricey, but not with cloth napkins!
I created these Puppy Dog Stuffed Animals out of Cloth Napkins from World Market. World Market has all sorts of fun prints and solids in the cloth napkin department and with prices ranging from $2-$4, I knew we could get a good amount of puppy dogs created for a small amount of money. I have uploaded the template for the puppy dogs so that you all can create some dogs as well. This design was inspired by a vintage stuffed animal pattern that I’ve had for years. It’s a really quick sew and you can get lots of these made assembly style.
Puppy Dog Stuffed Animal
Fiberfill (or other stuffing)
Basic Sewing Supplies
Hand Embroidery Needle, Floss (Optional)
Puppy Dog Pattern Pieces (found HERE)
Print out your pattern. Tape the two pieces of paper together, lining up the little dots and then cut out your puppy dog pieces (pattern found HERE). You will need two for the body and you will need four for the ears. You can make your puppy dog out of all the same napkin pattern or you can change it up and mix and match patterns. That’s totally up to you!
If you would like to add a face to your dog, you will need to transfer the face markings to your fabric with a fabric marking pen. You can use a simple back-stitch with embroidery floss and hand sew the face on each puppy. You could also add some applique for the eyes or get creative any way you would like. My only suggestion is that I would not use buttons for the eyes. You don’t want these little puppies to get in the hands of itty bitty ones and then the buttons can become choking hazards.
To make the ears, place two of the ear pieces with their right sides together. Sew around the ear, using a 1/4″ seam allowance and leaving the small straight edge open. Trim the curve of the ear. Turn the ear right side out by pulling the fabric through the opening and press. Do the same thing for the other ear.
Then baste stitch the ear to each of the puppy dog pieces according to the markings on the pattern provided.
Place the dog body pieces with the right sides together. Sew all the way around the dog, using a 1/4″ seam allowance, leaving the bottom of the dog open between the two dots. Clip the curves so that the curves will lay flat. Turn right side out and press.
Stuff your puppy dog with fiberfill or any stuffing of your choice. Hand sew the bottom of the dog closed.
The girls have started sewing, but they are mainly working on straight lines right now. So I did the sewing and they did the stuffing.
Our sweet little puppy dogs with the books are ready to be delivered to the shelter. Now, I didn’t tell the girls exactly what the shelter is all about (I think they are a little bit young for that kind of conversation); however, I let them know that we were doing our project to bring smiles to other children’s faces who could definitely use some cheering up.
Now how easy was that project?! It so easy to put together a simple gift basket or gift for someone in need, which is absolutely wonderful. For me, there is just something about making a gift handmade and thinking about these special children that really brings me such joy!
So are you ready to join in the fun and share a little joy this holiday season?
Share the Joy
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