Scottie Dog Tutorial
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Scottie Dog Facts
The Scottish Terrier, popularly called the Scottie orginated in Scotland.
The Scottie Dog is well known for being a player token piece in the board game Monopoly.
Scottie Dogs make good watch dogs and tend to be very loyal to their family.
Woof Woof Woof! Come and create a super cute Scottie Dog who will become your most loyal friend. No long walks in the park required! Just the occasional pat and cuddle and you will have a friend for life.
This soft toy pattern is really basic and a good place to start if you have never made a soft toy before. For my Scottie Dogs I like to use a combination of beautiful patchwork fabric or flannel fabric and super soft Minkiee fabric to add texture.
If you haven't made one of my soft toys before, I suggest you read the following information in the link to the right, before you begin.
* For the front of the dog's Body:
A rectangular piece of fabric, 14 inches X 15 1/2 inches (36cm X 40cm). 100% Cotton Fabric or Flannel Fabric
* For the back of the dog's Body:
A rectangular piece of fabric, 14 inches X 15 1/2 inches (36cm X 40cm). You can use the same fabric as you are using on the front or use a different fabric. I love the soft feel of Minkiee fabric on the back of my pups.
* Optional: Two, 14 inch X 15 1/2 inch (36cm X 40cm) pieces of Quilters Muslin to line the Body.
For the Scottie's Features
Fabric for the Pupil in the centre of each Eye. A white fabric with a black dot works well.
Pieces of Woolen-felt and/or Pure Woolen Blanketing Fabric. Use the Pattern Sheets as a guide for the amount required. The features on the Pattern Sheets are the actual size they will be on your Scottie Dog.
Colours- One colour, for the outer area on the eye and a cream or white colour for the backing of Pupil on the Eye. Brown or black for the dog's nose.
You can choose from the star, bone or heart to decorate your Scottie. Select colours of woolen felt for these pieces to compleiment the main fabric on the Scottie's Body.
You can also choose colourful fabric to decorate your dog, these will be backed with woolen-felt, so you will need coloured felt pieces to match the fabrics colours.
"Woof Woof" I can here a little Pup calling you so let's begin! Download and print off the Scottie Dog Pattern. Trace the pattern for the Dog's Body onto tracing paper (baking paper works well also). Remember to mark the open-seam onto your traced pattern piece too.
DMC Embroidery Thread to match the colours of the felt, woolen-felt or fabric chosen for the feature pieces on the Scottie.
This will be used to blanket-stitch around each feature piece made and to sew the feature into position on the Dog.
Fusable Webbing: Enough to make all the Dog's features e.g. the eye, the pupil, the dog's nose and other featues you choose to decorate your Scottie with. Please refer to Pattern Sheet to work out the exact amount required. The features on the Pattern Sheet are to scale.
Lead Pencil, Tracing Paper or Baking Paper, Sewing Machine, Cotton (colour to match the colour of the fabric on the Dog's Body), Dress Making Scissors, Embroidery Needle and a Wooden Paint Brush for turning & stuffing.
Polyester Fill for stuffing the Dog.
For information on what stuffing to use, please click on and read the following link The 'Stuff' that Toys are made of!
Before you start the Scottie Dog Tutorial I want to quickly show you why I prefer to 'line' all my soft toys with an extra layer of fabric, usually 'Quilters Muslin' in cream or white.
Image 1 shows the body fabric for the dog with out lining. Note that it is quite see-through.
Image 2 show the same fabric with lining. The Quilters Muslin is cut to exactly the same size as the body fabric and it is placed on the reverside of the fabric. It will not be seen as it will be inside the toy. Lining you toy will make for a stronger longer lasting soft toy and sewn seams will not be seen through the outside of the toy.
Image 3 shows the Minkiee fabric for the back of the dog's body. Line the back of the Minkiee fabric too.
Making the Scottie Dog's Body
1. Begin by taking your 14 inch X 15 1/2 inch piece of Cotton Fabric and give it a good press with the iron, also press your lining pieces if you are using them in your soft toy. If you are using Minkiee Fabric on the back of your dog please do not press it. Place the the front & back pieces of fabric for the dog's body on top of each other with right-sides together.
2. Place the Scottie Dog Pattern on top of the folded fabric. Pin the pattern through all the fabric layers.
Now you can choose to carefully trace around the pattern using a lead pencil, following the outside edge of the paper pattern and mark the open-seams on the fabric. Then remove the pattern to sew.
Or, leave the pattern pinned to the fabric and sew around the outside edge of the paper puppy shape. I have chosen to leave my pattern pinned to the all the fabric layers in this tutorial for sewing. It really is a matter of personal choice.
3a, 3b, 3c &3d. Begin sewing around the puppy pattern at the open-seam, using a small stitch on your sewing machine and a cotton thread in the machine which will match the colour of the body fabric. Sew slowly and carefully around the curves inside the dog's legs, around the neck, ear and tail.
4a. Sew all around the pattern and stop at the open-seam. Note the area indicate between the two red stars on the image is the open-seam area.
4b. With your lead pencil draw the line of the open-seam onto the fabric.
5. Un-pin the pattern and remove the paper pattern piece.
6. When you are sewing your toy on the sewing machine, most people only sew around the pattern once. I always sew around the pattern 'twice'.
Using a small stitch and sewing twice will make your toy alot stronger. Also, when it is stuffed firmly the seams will not be weak and will not be prone to ripping under pressure.
9. Cut away a bit of excess fabric around the outside of the dog's body, but not at the open-seam.
11. Using your fingers to begin with reach inside the dog's body and grad the nose and pull it through the open-seam. Pull as much as you can through, then use the end of the wooden brush to push the rest through inside out.
7. Cut around the outside of the dog's body leaving a 1/4 inch seam and a little bit more at the open-seam area on the body.
8a & 8b. Snip the seam all the way around the dog's body. Be careful not to cut your sewn seam.
10. Shows the seam on the dog trimmed all the way around the outside. Now get your stuffing tool (wooden paint brush) ready, we are going to turn the dog to it's right-side.
12. Once the body is turned to it's right-side lightly press the cotton side of the Scottie with the iron to smooth out the front of the puppy.
Congratulations you have now finished the dog's body, now you are ready to stuff the Scottie Dog.
Have fun making more puppies using different fabrics, 100% cotton prints, checked flannel fabrics and themed fabrics.
Woof, Woof, Woof & Woof!
Stuffing the Scottie Dog's Body
Please read the tutourial, The 'Stuff' that Toys are made of! before you begin stuffing the Dog. It has important information about what type of fill to use, useful tools to help you, stuffing and how to sew up your soft toy.
13. Begin stuffing, by starting at the ear area on the dog. Push the fill as far as you can into the ear space inside the dog using your fingers and the wooden paint brush to pack it in as much as possible.
14 . When you feel you can not push any more in the ear space, start filling the nose area on the dog. This area will need to the filled quite densely with stuffing.
15. From the nose area, move down to filling the neck area with styffing. Here is the opportunity to fill the ear area a bit more too.
16. Fill the front foot area on the Scottie with stuffing.
17. Stuff the tummy area. Use a combination of your fingers and the wooden paint brush to pack the fill in as firmly as possible. Remember that over time this puppy is going to be cuddled, sat on, be thrown and loved. If you put in too little fill your Scottie will soon look like a pancake!
18. Stuff the back foot firmly.
19a & 19b. Stuff the tail, pushing the fill right up into the space at the tip of the tail with the wooden paint brush. Then add a bit more stuffing to the body.
Sewing up the Body
Once the dog is almost full of fill, I like to begin sewing up the open-seam. In the tutorial 'The Stuff that Toys are made of!' I suggested you use a Ladder Stitch to sew up the open-seam on your soft toys.
If you find Ladder Stitch too difficult, please try the following hand sewing method to close the seam as it is much easier to do.
Take your DMC Thread which is the same colour as the fabric on the dog's body. Cut a length of thread and divide the strands, so you have 2 stands of cotton thread. Take your embroidery needle and thread the 2 stands together, through the head of the needle and tie a knot at the end.
20. You will begin sewing where the sewn seam on the dog's bottom finished. Pull the needle through the inside to the outside edge of the fabric.
21. Pull the two sides of the open-seam together with your fingers and take the needle up and over to the seam adjacent, pushing the tip of the needle through the edge of the fabric through to the fabric on the opposite side. Pull the needle through and the two sides of the fabric will pull together.
22. Repeat the same stitch by simply taking the needle up and over and through the 2 layers of fabric at the open-seam. Continue hand sewing along the seam in this manner making your stitches quite close to one another.
23. Sew only a little way then stop, take your needle through your last loop on your hand sewing to make a knot. Take the needle and thread out through anywhere on the body on the inside, and cut the thread.
24. Add some more fill to the body of the dog. Push stuffing under the seam you just sewed by hand, using the wooden paint brush.
Turn the dog around and sew up the other side of the open-seam. As you sew stop and add more fill as you go. Finish off the last stitch just like you did in point 23.
Congratulations, you have now made a Scottie Dog!
Now it is time to give your dog a personality with 'features'!
Making & Sewing on the Features for you Scottie Dog
Please read the information in the tutorial, 'Making & Sewing on the Features' before you begin making the features for your Scottie Dog.
The Scottie Dog Pattern sheets provide you with a few basic features and shapes to help you decorate your puppy and give him/her a personality.
You have two choices for the outer eye- an oval shape or a circle shape. The pupil of the eye is one size and will fit within both shapes.
The nose is a circle shape and there is a shape for the inner ear piece on the puppy too.
The extra applique shapes I have provided you with is a star shape, a heart shape and a dog's bone shape.
How you choose to use these applique shapes, to make the applique features and where to position & sew them onto you dog is completely up to you. Think creatively but with safety in mind, as you want your dog to be child-freindly. Add a bow, make a cute collar and embroider the Sottie's name on it. I made my Scottie a winter scarf to keep him warm!
Making the applique piece out of fabric and/or wooolen felt and stitching them onto the dog is the safest approach with little people. Using fabric glue to secure the features- won't last, they will quickly peel off after rugged play and can become harmful to young children if swallowed. I also strongly recommend that you do not use 'buttons' for an eye or to decorate the dog. Again, if pulled off they can become a choking hazard and you do not want to be responsible for that.
Making the Features
On the paper side of your fusible webbing and using a lead pencil, trace the applique shapes you choose to have on your dog- one outter eye shape, the pupil of the eye, the nose, the inner ear shape and any of the other pattern shapes you choose and label each one. Feel free to design your own applique shapes too. Cut out all the drawn shapes a good 1/4 inch away from the drawn pencil lines.
How to make Woolen-Felt Applique Shapes
1. Take your felt or woolen-blanketing material and place it face down on the ironing board, so the reverse side of the material is showing.
2. Place the paper piece with the glue-side down on top of the reverse side of the material. Tip: Felt and Woolen Fabrics can be very delicate and burn easily, so cover the area to be pressed with the iron with a scrap piece of cotton fabric to protect it from the heat.
3. Press with a dry hot iron for a few seconds only, just enough to melt the glue.
4. The paper shape is now stuck to the reverse side of the fabric.
5. Allow it to cool then cut around the shape, carefully following the lines. Your applique piece is now ready to be Blanket-Stitched and sewn onto the Scottie.
How to make features using Fusible Webbing, Woolen-Felt & Quilting Fabric
Quilting Fabric alone is not strong enough to use for features on your toys, as it will fray and fall apart with play. If you choose to use quilting fabric for features (like the pupil on the eye on your puppy), your shapes will need to be backed with Woolen-felt or Woolen-Blanketing Material.
To make a the Eye for your Scottie:
1. The Scottie Dog's pupil of the eye is made using quilting fabric. I chose a white fabric with a black dot. Simply trace the pupil circle shape for the eye onto fusible webbing and cut out the circle out from the pencil line.
2. Place the quilting fabric (white with a black dot) face down on the ironing board. With the reverse side of the fabric facing up, place the circle shape centred directly over the top of one of the black dots on the fabric.
3. Press with the iron, allow to cool then carefully cut out the circle.
4. Now using a piece of woolen-felt or blanketing material preferably a colour similar to the white or cream of the quilting fabric, peal off the paper from the back of the shape and place the fabric shape ('glue' side down) on top of the woolen-felt or blanketing material.
5. Press the circle shape with the iron. When it is cool, cut out the circle following the outside edge of the shape. Your applique piece is now ready to be Blanket-Stitched and sewn onto the Scottie.
Blanket-Stitching around the Features before you sew them onto the Scottie
The tutorial 'Making & Sewing on the Features' details how to Blanket-Stitch around your applique pieces, before they are sewn onto the Dog. Please follow the information in this tutorial. Click on the button below and it will take you to the this information.
Sewing the Blanket-Stitched Features onto your Scottie Dog
With all your features pieces for the Scottie Dog blanket-stitched, you are now ready to pin them into position onto the dog and sew them securely onto the dog. The tutorial 'Making & Sewing on the Features' deatils how to sew your features onto the dog. Please follow the information in this tutorial. Click on the button above and it will take you to the this information.
For more detailed information with mini-slide step by step tutorials on how to use fusible webbing to create a woolen-felt shape and blanket stitch around the woolen-felt shape. How to layer and sew woolen-felt shapes together. How to use fusible webbing to back cotton fabric and glue it onto woolen-felt material, so that it can be used as a feature on a Soft Toy, and how to sew a blanket stitched woolen-felt shape onto a Soft Toy. Please click on the following link-
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