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Beginners tutorial - How to Sew a cute Dog Basket or floor Cushion


If you are new to sewing this is a great project to move on from the Lavender Bags or the Simple Tote Bag ,

No dog (or cat) :-( No problem, the same pattern makes a fantastic versatile floor cushion that's great for indoor and outdoor relaxing, easy to pack for camping and festivals.

My top tip, take you time, enjoy, and if in doubt PIN first, check ,then sew.

The finish basket/cushion is suitable for a small to medium dog, our adorable model Stanely is a Welsh Pembroke Corgi.

Materials and Equipment

110 cm of fabric that is 150cm wide.- I got mine here

Toy filler- I got mine here

Matching thread, pins, tape measure, scissors and tailors chalk.

Tips for beginners

Pinning the fabric for sewing.

Place the two pieces of fabric together, with right sides facing (the correct side of the fabric) and pin the finished edges together.(not the edge that has been cut in the shop)

Seam allowance 1 cm this is the distance between the edge of the fabric and the stitch line. You will find a series of parallel lines engraved on the needle plate of your sewing machine pick the one marked with the measurement you need and keep the edge of the fabric to this guide

WS = inside of the fabric or wrong side of the fabric………… RS = right side of the fabric the side you will look at when your project is finished.

1.Cut out your materials according to the diagram. Before you cut your fabric should be folded in half, selvage edges together, and when you have cut out you will have 2 pieces that measure 54cm x84cm 2 pieces of fabric that measure 15cm x 84cm and two pieces of fabric that measure 54cm x 15cm

Mark the pattern pieces using chalk., on the WS (wrong side)of the material

2.Starting with one of the long side sections marked A pin it to section B, on the short seam, as shown in the image.

3. Pin section B to section C, and then pin C to D, finally D to A, you should be left with a rectangle, made up of two log section, and two short sections, machine the 4 seams using a 1 cm seam allowance.

4. Lay the WS (wrong side of fabric) of section E on the table and pin B to the matching shorter edge, start sewing 1cm in from the edge using a 1cm seam allowance, stitch E to B, ending 1 cm before the end of the seam you are sewing.

5.It is very important to start sewing 1cm in and ending 1cm before the end of the seam, this allows you to join on the remaining sections and create crisp corners.

6. Continue to join the top of the cushion to the side section, repeating the instructions 4 to 5. Until you cushion looks like this.

7. Now you need to repeat exactly the same process to join the remaining section F to the, bottom and side of the cushion you have just created.

8. With RS together start to pin section F to the other side of section B, stitch this section together, remembering to start and finish 1 cm in from the edge. Repeat adding the remaining 2 sections.

7. Now you need to repeat exactly the same process to join the remaining section F to the, bottom and side of the cushion you have just created.

8. With RS together start to pin section F to the other side of section B, stitch this section together, remembering to start and finish 1 cm in from the edge. Repeat adding the remaining 2 sections.

10. Turn the cushion inside out, through the gap you left.

11. Stuff with the toy filler.

12. Using a hand-sewing needle and matching thread slipstitch the gap.

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