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Dog doorstop pattern

Make a four-legged friend to guard your door in durable denim with Jennie Jones' doorstop how-to. Make your own with her adorable dog doorstop pattern

Dog doorstop pattern

This adorable dog doorstop pattern in a great way to use up one fat quarter – and it’s bound to be admired by anyone who visits your home. This pattern is ideal for a beginner who wants to try something a little more challenging.

This sweet little doorstop would also make a wonderful gift for a dog owner! Looking for more canine craft projects? Try making a sausage dog softie toy, a DIY dog Christmas decoration or knit your own Jack Russell toy.

If you’d like to brush up your sewing skills, then check out our sewing machine tips and tricks, our guide to sewing for beginners or how to use a sewing pattern.

Notes

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You Will Need

  • Fat quarter (1)
  • Ribbon (1 metre (1 yard))
  • Polyester fibrefill
  • Sand or small pebbles
  • Sandwich bags
  • Matching thread
  • Basic sewing kit

Cutting out

Step 1

Download and cut out the templates.

Step 2

When the templates specify to cut one pair, draw around the template then flip it over so the other is cut as a mirror image of the first. Cut the following pieces from the fabric:

  • Main body – cut one pair.
  • Side head – cut one pair.
  • Back head – cut one.
  • Underbody – cut one.
  • Front leg – cut one pair.
  • Back leg – cut one pair.
  • Foot – cut four.
  • Ear – cut four.
Dog doorstop pattern step one

Attaching the legs

Step 1

Pin the front leg pieces right sides (RS) together to the front of the main body, with the A marks and B marks matched. Place on the correct side so the curved edges match.

Step 2

Stitch a foot piece to the bottom edge of the front legs and main body RS together.

Dog doorstop pattern step two

Step 3

Repeat to stitch the back leg pieces to the main body, matching C and D marks.

Step 4

Stitch a foot piece to the bottom edge of the back legs and main body RS together.

Dog doorstop pattern step three

Assembling the body

Step 1

Pin one side of the underbody RS together to the main body and legs, matching up the front and back, then stitch into place.

Step 2

Pin the other side of the underbody to the main body and legs then stitch into place.

Step 3

Sew the tail sections of the main body piece RS together, leaving the back open.

Step 4

Turn the dog RS out and press.

Step 5

Fill the sandwich bags with sand so they fit snugly in the legs then tie them up tightly and put to one side for now.

Dog doorstop pattern step four

Making the head

Step 1

Sew the bottom straight edge of one ear RS together to the position marked on one side head. Repeat with another ear.

Step 2

Sew the other ear pieces RS together to the positions marked on the back head piece.

Step 3

Pin the back head piece RS together to one side piece, matching up the ears, then stitch together from the back to the front.

Dog doorstop pattern step five

Step 4

Repeat to sew the other side head piece to the back head pieces, matching seams.

Assembling the dog

Step 1

Pin the head to the body with RS together and stitch into place.

Step 2

Stitch the dart in the back head closed, continuing a little down the back of the body, then turn RS out through the opening.

Step 3

Slip the sand bags into each leg then stuff the dog very firmly.

Step 4

Slip stitch the gap securely closed, and then tie the ribbon on to finish.

Dog doorstop pattern step six
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Display your finished dog doorstop pattern with pride!

Dog doorstop pattern