The Puppy Dog Pattern is Here!

I'm so excited to kick of the week with these little puppies!  Today I'm going to introduce you to the pattern for the dogs, and then tomorrow I'll introduce you to the pattern for the carrier.  Both are available in my pattern shop.  The rest of the week will be filled with free tutorials on how to convert your puppies into pull toys, as well as free tutorials to make puppy food and accessories!  Hooray!

 These little guys are about 7 inches long and 8 inches tall. I've begun to think that these little guys are breeding in my house!  My three year old is quite content that our house has turned into a puppy making factory, and she spends much of her day feeding, walking, and playing with these little guys.

It's incredibly sweet and adorable. My 5 year old loves them too, and has a favorite one that she is insisting sleep in her bed every night.

Would you like to make your own puppies?  They make great gifts for girls or boys, and would even be super fun for a puppy dog themed party.

Here's what you need to know about the pattern:

It's a 13 page pattern, with two pages of templates.  It's a digital download pattern, meaning that you can purchase it in my Craftsy or Etsy shop and download it right away as a PDF file.  You don't have to print all of the pages.  The pages print to a standard 8 1/2 x 11 inch paper, but the template pages have a ruler guide so that you can make sure that it prints out the correct size if you need another printing option.  All of the pattern pieces are full size--so no need to tape any together.  Seam allowances are included.

The pattern contains over 50 step by step how to pictures.  This should make the process of assembling the puppy so much easier to visualize!

I'd classify this pattern as intermediate, and the carrier pattern as being best for someone with some experience sewing. I'd say the advanced beginner or beyond? It's not a difficult pattern, but it's not a good first sewing project either--unless you have someone experienced helping you!

Skills you'll need:
Sewing straight and curved seams, back-stitching (and when to use) with a sewing machine.
Ability to adjust length of stitch on your sewing machine to make stronger, smaller seams
Using hand-sewing (the Ladder stitch) to close the dog body and the whip stitch to attach the eyes (some experience is helpful, but not required).

Ease of working with small seam allowances (1/4 inch) and sewing in small, curved spaces.  Things can get a bit awkward!

Materials and Equipment:
Basic sewing machine with a regular presser foot for straight and zig zag stitches
Hand sewing needle and hand quilting thread (needed to close a part of the dog body by hand). 
Scissors for cutting fabric and paper
¼ yard fleece fabric or other stretchy fur fabric, plus scraps for the spots
Chopstick or skewer to help stuff stuffing into the dog

Am I forgetting anything?  Let me know if there is something I haven't answered here.  Don't forget to tune in the rest of this week for all of the rest of the puppy related posts...and sign up for the giveaway!  
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