All week I’ve been trying to make a “How To” to show you lovely people and finally (and on a craft day too) I’ve got something…this something you wonder?….
Textile Toto Dog! (cute Toto from The Wizard of Oz…love that movie…want the shoes).
It’s so cute and simple I love it and I got this from this magazine I’m collecting Sew n Stitch. I love creating crafty stuff from my magazine to show you especially if you don’t have the magazine yourself.
Here’s a Dog template I found however I didn’t use this one, If you want my one you can copy/drag to your desktop, enlarge and print (that’s what I would do plus this blog looks quiet nice so if you like then subscribe!):
What you need:
- Template paper pattern (incl. 1cm seam allowance for sewing)
- Your chosen fabric
- Filling (I used old filling from an old quilt)
- Trim or ribbon (for key chain loop/dog collar or both*)
- 2 Beads for the eyes (sew-on diamontie stones/sequins/button or embroidery thread…up to you)
- Fabric scissors
- Paper scissors
- A pencil
- Needle and thread** or Sewing machine with the bobbin bits
- Tape measure**
- Love of cute little dogs (even if you’re not a dog person)
**For hand-sewing only!
(Excuse my changing of materials and background…It’s been a crazy week!)
(Hopefully you can see this clearly) So here’s my paper pattern with SA included.
I lay my pattern of the fabric, pin and cut.
Now with my pieces ready to sew!
**HAND-SEWING** Now I have to hand-stitch this Toto of mine so I pin in place and sew on the under body to one of the main bodies RIGHT SIDES TOGETHER! Do the same to the other piece. (I measured 1cm round where I wanted to stitch so I have a stitching guide to help me…I can’t do it by eye unfortunately I’m not that good!)
Once I done that I stitched on Toto’s eyes. If your sewing a Toto dog for a young child or baby don’t use any beads/diamonties/buttons/sequins as they might come loose and choke the child. Instead use embroidery thread to make eyes (shiny thread would be cool so your dogs eyes can still sparkle with love).
Now with RIGHT SIDES TOGETHER sew the rest of the body leaving out the under body flap…
…if you want a little tag to hang Toto then cut some ribbon and sandwich it between the RIGHT SIDES of the fabric so you can stitch it in place as your sewing the main body…REMEMBER the ribbon has to be sandwiched in between the fabric!
Now it should look like this!
See how I left out the flap. Don’t get it caught!
If you’re using a sewing machine you do pretty much everything I’ve said but just no hand-stitching.
Turn Toto inside out carefully! Use a pencil to get into the narrow spaces CAREFULLLLLLY!…
…fill it up!
Toto needs a collar but this is optional. I measured Toto’s neck and cut the collar! You can hand-stitch this part.
Now that was done I finished up by sewing up Toto’s under body flap together neatly by folding it back and stitching (this bit was fiddly!).
I left a little pooper hole so I could stuff more filling…in his butt! (tehe)...then stitched it up.
Ta Da! Your cute Textile Toto Dog! Enjoy! x ROOF! ROOF!
So easy you wanna put this dog down…on your bed (sorry poor taste). Great for a present or for a Christmas deco!
Well I hope this was fun and enjoyable!