Why have I decided to start a year with sewing a decoartive dog pillow? Well, dear friends, I am so excited! We got a new family member right after Christmas, a puppy! His name is Bobi, and he is a mixed breed dog, partially Labrador, partially Golden retriever and partially … well unknown. He is dark as night and only has a white spot on his chest. He is very smart and he is learning fast. Who would have guessed, that a cat lady since forever would ever own a dog! Therefore, I am starting this year with creating something inspired by this cute little creature living together with us in the house now – a dog pillow for my son’s room.
Smaller pillows always come in handy in kids’ rooms, for sitting, lying, reading, pillow fighting, or just for the decoration. My older son, a big animal lover is 11, and he is the main reason Bobi joined us. We had many family discussions before the final decision was made to own a dog, trying to make sure, my son understands the responsibility he is committing to for the next 15 years or so. He was strongly involved in selecting the right puppy and he had to read the whole book about the dogs. He even went for walks by himself in the mornings to prove his dedication to us.
For now, my son is keeping his part of the deal, taking the dog for a walk every morning before school and again right after the school, feeding him, and taking care of him. Up till now, he was alone a lot, as I and my husband do not come home until around 5 pm. He was bored often, thus spending too much time playing video games or watching TV. Sounds familiar? Because he really has a special feeling for animals, and he did show dedication, we gave up to his persistent requests to own a dog at the end, and for now, I am not sorry for doing so.
So let’s do this simple project, let’s sew an easy dog pillow for my son’s room.
EASY project, appropriate for beginners
Cut two pieces approximately 38 cm x 30 cm big from the fabric, you will use for the pillow. Using free pattern cut out:
Additionally cut from the black felt the snout – a bit rounded triangle.
Start with the front piece, and first sew on the felt nose with straight stitch than using zigzag stitch add the mouth.
Position all parts for the eyes. First using the regular stitch sew on the spot, then add the white part of the eyes. The black part of the eyes you will have to sew by hand. I used running stitch.
Now, let’s add the tongue. First put both pieces right side together. Sew the pieces together, leaving a small opening on the top, through which you will turn the tongue around. After you have turned the tongue around iron the tongue and then add the top stitch the tongue on the curved part, not at the top. Now place the tongue on the mouth and stitch it on with the same zigzag stitch you have used for the mouth.
For making the ears place cotton part on the felt part right sides together. Sew together leaving the top open. Turn around. Top stitch the ear.
After both ears are finished, place them on the front part of the pillow and cover it wit the back pillow part, right sides together – see the picture.
Pin well and then sew the pieces together leaving the opening at the bottom. Before you turn the pillow through the opening, cut off the corners, like this:
Your pillow should look like this now. Now stuff your dog pillow with the filler.
Close the opening using the leader stitch.
You are done. 🙂
Do you like it? Do you have any additional ideas how to make this dog pillow pattern and tutorial even more helpful? I would appreciate your comments in the comments section below. Thank you! 🙂