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I first made this little dog for a friend who has a dachshund. The toy is made from wool and cotton fabric. Choose different patterned fabrics to give your sausage dog its own unique personality. (I stitch each seam twice to make it safer for small children.)

Finished Size

14 cm × 33 cm (5½ in × 13 in)

Tools

  • Tracing paper
  • Fabric marker
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Sewing needle
  • Sewing machine
  • Stuffing stick (or chopstick)
  • Iron

Materials

  • Body fabric – a 40 cm × 38 cm (16 in × 15 in) piece of wool fabric for the main body, gusset, and ears; a 35 cm × 25 cm (14 in × 10 in) piece of patterned cotton for the inner body and insides of the ears
  • Thread – colored sewing thread to match body fabric; black embroidery thread for the eyes
  • Stuffing – polyfill

Instructions

1. Trace and cut out the enlarged pattern using the template provided. Pin it to the fabric and cut out the pieces. You will need to cut 2 main body shapes, 2 inner body shapes, 1 gusset shape, and 4 ear shapes (2 in patterned fabric and 2 in wool) from your fabric.

2. Using 2 strands of black embroidery thread, satin stitch an eye to each of the main body pieces (as marked on the pattern).

3. For each ear, pin one cotton ear shape to one wool ear shape (right sides facing), then sew together, leaving the straight edge open for turning right-side out. Turn right-side out and iron flat. Pin each ear to the wrong side of a main body piece, patterned side up (x to x), pointing in toward the body. Sew in place.

4. Pin the gusset piece to one of the main body pieces, A to A and B to B (right sides facing). Sew from A to B. Repeat for the second body piece. (Make sure the ears stay on the right side.) Sew around the nose from A to C, then along the back from B to D.

5. For each inner body piece, sew a dart by folding the leg over (right sides together), then sew a semicircle (as marked on the pattern). This helps the dog stand up straight. Then pin the 2 inner body pieces together (right sides facing) and sew from C to D along the straighter edge, leaving an opening for turning rightside out and stuffing (as marked on the pattern).

6. Pin the inner body piece to the main body piece, C to C and D to D (right sides facing). Sew from C to D around the legs. Turn the body right-side out and iron.

7. Using a stuffing stick, push small amounts of stuffing into the tight corners first – tail, nose, and legs. Gradually fill the rest of the body until it is firm and even, but not too tight. Hand-stitch the stuffing opening closed using a ladder stitch.

Elsie the Little Dog stuffed toy project originally by Kate Henderson {Two Little Banshees – neverenoughhours.blogspot.com}

Reprinted from More Softies Only a Mother Could Love: 22 Hapless but Lovable Friends to Sew an Crochet, edited by Jess Redman and Meg Leder by arrangement with Perigee, a member of Penguin Group (USA) Inc., Copyright (c) 2007 by Penguin Group (Australia).

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