It’s a true fact, known to all foundation paper piecing fans, that there is no cuter way of piecing the sharpest of patchwork shapes – plus it’s a lot of fun too. If you’re new to foundation paper piecing you might find it helpful to practise before you begin this tutorial. Read our beginner-friendly foundation paper piecing tutorial to get you started or read our guide to quilting for beginners.
Designer Susi Bellingham (aka Tiny Toffee Designs) first created this super cute sausage dog patchwork pattern as part of her Farmer’s Market Row by Row sew along – first published in issue 60 of Love Patchwork & Quilting magazine. You can find the rest of the patterns in this series through the Love Patchwork & Quilting app.
- Background fabric: 1yd
- Dog fabric: ½yd
- Dog ear and nose: four (4) 4in square fabric scraps
- Sausage fabrics: four (4) fat eighths
- Two (2) copies each of the Sausage A–H templates
- Two (2) copies each of the Dog A–E templates
- Black embroidery thread
- Sausage blocks: 12in square
- Dog block: 12in x 24in
- Row: 12in x 72in
- Download our free Free sausage dog foundation paper piecing pattern
- Seam allowances are ¼in throughout, unless otherwise noted.
- Press seams to the side, unless otherwise instructed.
- Shorten your stitch length to 1.5 for FPP.
- FPP = Foundation Paper Piecing.
- Templates include seam allowance around the outer edges only.
- Fabrics supplied by Fat Quarter Shop (fatquartershop.com)
- Sausage fabrics are all from the Basics collection by Cotton+Steel
- Background fabric is Sprinkle in Jelly Bracelet, also from the Basics collection by Cotton+Steel.
- Do not extend your seams too much over the dedicated sewing lines as this will make it far more difficult to remove the paper when complete.
- Take your time when Foundation Paper Piecing. Double and triple check that your fabric is placed in the right position over the pattern, and that you have enough seam allowance. It will save a lot of time in the end!
- Make an extra copy of each template and mark your fabric choices for each section.
- Trace the template onto freezer paper, cut apart and use the pieces as cutting templates. But don’t forget to add seam allowances!
- Always press your block before adding the next piece to make the final block crisp.
How to sew a patchwork sausage dog
You Will Need
- Fabric (See fabric requirements)
- Sewing machine
- Freezer paper
Using the Free sausage dog Foundation paper piecing pattern as a guide, cut the fabric pieces for each section of the FPP templates, making sure the pieces will be at least ¼in larger than the section they will cover, all the way around.
Repeat steps 1–7 of our foundation paper piecing tutorial to piece each of the Sausage Sections A–F templates, sewing the fabrics in place in numerical order.
Sew each Section B to the left of Section A. Then join Section C to the right of Section A. Sew each Section E to the left of Section D and sew Section F to the right of Section D.
Sew each Section ABC to Section DEF. Then sew Section G to the top and Section H to the bottom of each block. Neartly trim the block to size around the outer dashed line and carefully remove the paper templates to complete two Sausage blocks.
Repeat steps 1–7 of our FPP tutorial to piece each of the Dog Sections A–E templates, sewing in numerical order.
Sew Section B to the right of Section A. Then sew Section C to the bottom of Section AB.
Sew Section D to the right side of Section E. Then sew section ABC to Section DEF. Trim around the outer dashed line and remove the paper templates to complete two Dog blocks.
Using the template as a guide, embroider the dog’s eye and a tiny musical note on each block, using black embroidery thread.