Fun Tartan Scottie Dogs Decorations

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I come from a dog-loving family. Both my husband and I grew up with pet dogs and most of our relatives own dogs. Therefore dog-themed decorations and gifts always go down well with the family.

Whilst going through my fabric stash I noticed I had quite a few tartan scraps. My mother is Scottish and we have a few tartan items in our home decor to reflect our heritage.

I thought it would be fun to use these tartan fabric scraps to make mini Scottie dogs. Both as a Christmas decoration and a Burns night decoration too.

Plaid and check fabric would work just as well as a tartan for this craft.

The tartan scraps were in the Christmas colours of reds and greens so would look good as a holiday decoration on the mantle.

Burns night is a Scottish celebration of the life of the Scottish Poet Robbie Burns and is held on the 25th of January. This involves a Burns supper featuring haggis, it is a celebration that my family has always marked. A garland of these dogs would be a great decoration for Burns night.

I printed out the Scottie dog template from the blog (link in bio at the end).

First, pin two pieces of the same tartan fabric together. Then place the Scottie dog template on the fabric and draw around it with a white chalk pencil.

Then cut out the shapes so you have two identical Scottie dogs.

Then, pin the two dog shapes wrong sides together and sew around the edge. Sew about 3-5mm from the edge of the fabric and leave the belly open for stuffing. The stitching can be done either by hand or by a sewing machine if you have one.

Next, stuff the dog with fiberfill and sew up the hole in the belly. A stick such as a chopstick will help to make sure that the stuffing reaches the tip of the ears and tail of the dog.

Tartan will fray so dab the edges of the fabric with fray stop or fabric glue.

The rough edge look of the tartan reflects the scruffy fur of Scottie dogs.

Then add a black button for the eyes and a red ribbon collar with a mini silver bell.

I made a load of these mini Scottie dogs in various tartans.

I then stitched them to more ribbon to make my festive Scottie dog garland.

This will match the very popular tabletop tartan Christmas trees (see here) I have.

If you have any plaid or tartan scraps left over you can use them to make these gorgeous no-sew fabric feathers (see here).

Suggested materials:

  • Tartan or plaid fabric scraps
  • Red ribbon
  • Black buttons
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Claire at Pillarboxblue
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