If you’ve been a fan of Sew Together Tuesday for a while, you already know how much we love Funky Friends Factory patterns. They’re beautifully designed, work well with Cuddle® and Luxe Cuddle® fabrics and the finished stuffies are as cute as they get!
This week our National Educator Teresa Coates will be sharing her tips and tricks for the Puppy Dog Pete stuffed animal, one of Funky Friends Factory’s most popular (and simple) patterns.
She’ll be broadcasting this episode LIVE to the Shannon Fabrics Facebook page and YouTube channel from the Cozy Creative Center shop floor in El Cajon, Calif. (where she’ll be teaching a couple workshops, too)! Click here for more details and our complete Season 8 schedule.
Recommended fabrics and notions for sewing a dog stuffed animal
These products can be substituted for whatever you have on hand, but here is what Teresa recommends for her Puppy Dog Pete stuffie tutorial:
- 1/2 yd. Cuddle® 3 Brown
- 1/4 yd. Luxe Cuddle® Frosted Shaggy Brown/Beige
- 10” x 10” scrap Cuddle® 3 Black
Notions & Supplies:
- 1/2” or 12mm safety eyes
- 90/14 stretch machine needle —SCHMETZ
- Craft knife — OLFA
- Embroidery floss
- Fabric clips — Clover
- Felt tip marker or ballpoint pen
- Hand sewing needle
- Long, flower head pins — Clover
- Micro-serrated scissors — Karen Kay Buckley, Famore or Kai
- Point turner — Clover
- Polyester fiberfill — Fairfield
- Polyester thread —Metrosene by Mettler
- Puppy Dog Pete sewing pattern — Funky Friends Factory
- Rotary cutter and mat —OLFA
- Walking foot
Tips for sewing a dog stuffed animal with Cuddle® minky fabric:
- If you’re new to making stuffed animals, Pete is a great place to start with big pieces and no need to resize.
- The Luxe Cuddle® Frosted Shaggy for the ears is super cute, though you can use any coordinating Luxe Cuddle® or Cuddle® print.
- Using a quality polyester stuffing will make your puppy extra soft without any lumps and bumps.
- Make sure to transfer all markings to the fabric — you’ll want them as you are sewing it together.
- Pin perpendicularly for the seams, using only the first half of the flower head pins to keep the pieces tightly together and to allow easy removal of the pins. You’ll be using a lot of them!
- Use a point turner or crochet hook to push out seams in ears. If using Luxe Cuddle® Frosted Shaggy, be sure to pull out the fibers that get stuck in the seams. It takes some time, but the end result is worth it.
Video: How to make a dog stuffed animal
Mark your calendar — for the second episode of Season 8 of Sew Together Tuesday, Teresa will be going LIVE on the Shannon Fabrics Facebook page and YouTube channel at 10 am PDT on January 11 to share her tips on how to sew a dog stuffed animal with Cuddle® minky plush fabric.
Can't make it? Check back here after her live video concludes for the embedded on-demand video.
Ready to start creating with Cuddle® minky fabric? Use our store locator to find a selection of Cuddle® minky fabric online or near you.