Introduction: Puppy Plush From an Old Bath Robe

This puppy plush is adorable, soft and homemade from an old bath robe! I made the pattern from looking at my son's other stuffed animal & taking lots of measurements to make something similar. It wasn't as easy as I thought it would be! To make a super cute stuffed animal - it takes a few extra pattern pieces and a little bit of time. It is worth it though!

You can download all of the pattern pieces here in PDF form. Please note that the main body pieces are so large that they required four pieces of paper. Once you print them out, you'll need to lay them down and tape them together before cutting them out. Most of the other pieces are smaller and won't require anything but cutting and laying on your fabric. *In the photos, the puppy made was the white one! The brown one is the puppy I used to help make the pattern!

What You Will Need:
  • Fabric (an old robe or some other plush type of material would be ideal)
  • Stuffing or filling
  • Thread, Scissors, Pins & Sewing Machine
  • I recommend some type of black furry material for the nose - or you can embroider one on or use black felt - anything you choose - I used black fur
  • Eyes ( I used black buttons)

Step 1: Pattern & Cutting the Fabric

The first step is for you to cut out the pattern pieces. Then, lay out your fabric, pin the pattern pieces down or make an outline of them on the fabric, and cut all the pieces necessary. Pay attention to the fabric - if one side has a different texture or effect than the other side, just be aware of that so you cut the pieces out so the fabric is the same. The pattern piece for the tummy area needs to be cut out with one side on the fold of the fabric.

After cutting all the pieces out, then you need to take the two main side body pieces. Pin them together along the top (see image) where the top of the back will connect. Before you begin, take note of where the tail should be located. Leave this area alone - do not sew there. Skip that small tail area, and finish sewing until the back is sewn together.

Now, sew the tail pieces together leaving an opening at the end. Stuff it (don't over-stuff it though) and then sew it into the opening along the back.

Step 2: Sewing Darts Onto the Tummy Piece

Now, take out the underside of the stomach piece, or the tummy piece. You will need to sew the darts onto it. This is one of the most important steps in making your stuffed animal look the way it should and be able to sit as well.

You will need to locate the first spot where a dart is needed. Then, fold that over and pin it. Then sew your dart. See graphics below for detailed explanation. Sew all darts onto the underside or tummy piece. Then, take the main body pieces and you'll see that the pattern piece has markings on it for two darts per side. The darts are small and should be sewn after you have done the underside of the stomach darts.

Step 3: Sew the Legs & Feet

This step looks trickier than it is! Now you will need to take one of the main body pieces, and the tummy piece. As you can see in the graphic below, you will need to stitch along the body to sew the pieces together, and along one side of each leg (only the area you see with the red dashes) - leaving one side and the seam for the paw, untouched. Once you've done this, then you will need to take the round circles for the paws. You will need to carefully sew the circle onto the bottom of the legs. You have one side of the legs left without a seam, to make sewing your circle on, much easier. You'll need to guide the fabric, sew a little, stop, turn the material and repeat many times around the circle. But, once you've made it around and it's on - then you can sew the final seam on that leg. Repeat this with all legs. Now your main body is done!

Step 4: Sewing the Puppy's Head

Now it's time to sew the head pieces together. Sew the main head piece -A- to one of the pieces of -B-. See pattern piece for extra instructions on how to do this properly. Once that is done, it will look sort of like a cap. Now take out your ear pieces. Before sewing the two pieces together per ear, take one piece from each set of two and fold it in half in the middle. Sew a small 1/4 inch dart down that ear. Doing this step, will make the puppy have really cute ears which are slightly turned down. If you don't do this, they may actually stick right out in an unnatural way. Then, put the pieces wrong-side together, sew along the seams and put it right-side out. Put a little stuffing in it and sew the top seam under. Then, sew it onto the head. Repeat with other ear. Then sew the eye on - you can embroider one on or use a store-bought doll eye or a button of some kind. Lastly, there is a small area at the base of the head on piece -B- which needs to be sewn together - it's only about an inch and it is part of the neck.

Once done with that, then turn the two mouth pieces wrong-side together and sew them together. Then put them right-side out and you'll need to sew the nose on at this time. I cut a round piece of fake fur out, and hand sewn it on. I then had sewed on a smile with embroidery thread.

Now, sew this part of the face onto the main head piece which you made in the earlier step. It will be tricky - just take your time to sew around the curved pieces. You're almost done!

Step 5: Last Step - Sewing the Head to the Body

Before you do the last and final step - look over your cute puppy plush and see if there are any changes you would like to make. I personally wanted the face to have a little more shape - and I use a piece of thread and went into the head area above the nose and snout - I took my needle and thread and went into the inside area of the head. I wanted the area between the eyes to be pushed down a little, an indentation rather than a big curve for the whole head. So, I took the thread and put it through the material without it showing on the top, and pulled it down and secured it on another area on the inside of the head, and tied a knot. I did the same with the area right next to it - so it  would look the same. If you don't know what I mean, it is difficult to explain but you can take a look at the closeup of the puppy here to see where it indents a bit on the head before the big curve. That is what I did to create that effect.

I recommend stuffing the head so you know how it looks before you plan on sewing it onto the body. But, when sewing it onto the body, it is much easier to take the stuffing out before sewing it together.

So, take the main head piece and line it up with the body piece. I started at the outside top of the neck and began sewing around (wrong-side out so no seam would be visible) and I did this as far as I could maneuver it around. I went back around the other side and stopped where I had an opening at the bottom of the neck. The opening was the area I used to stuff the entire plush puppy with filling. When you are stuffing it, try to use a little less than you might want to use - because it will give it a really nice effect. Once you do this, you will be left with a hole on the neck. At this time you will need to try to carefully fold the two pieces under and hold them together - then hand sew the last area of the opening. You are done!!! If you have questions, please ask!

Step 6: Pictures of Puppy Plush

Finally - some strange and cute pictures of the puppy plush made from my old bath robe! :) My son loves it! It was fun to make - the most time-consuming part of it was drafting up a pattern! I plan on making more - and using the pattern to alter it and make a cat too!

Comments

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DorseyC made it!(author)2016-03-30

I really need some help, please. I want to make two of these for gifts. I have sewn for many years but I am having a problem figuring out which pattern piece goes with which as the lines are not really matching up. Could someone tell me which piece is supposed to go with which piece. I would be so very grateful!!

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DorseyC made it!(author)2016-04-04

Please, please would someone reply and help me so I can get started? :-)

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HollyMann made it!(author)2016-04-10

I hope this helps...I think I misread your question and may have given you too many details. But, hopefully the answer is in this. First, the pieces were so large that you will need to print them out and tape some together - then they should line up fine. what isn't lining up? Here are more details, if needed.....

Once that is done, this is what you will need to do:

- You will have the two main body pieces (body side 1 and body side 2). They should be pinned together along the top. That is all for this first step - to sew the along the back of the stuffed animal. See images in step 1 for the exact thing you will be sewing together first.

- Set the first thing you just sewed aside. Now, you will sew the tail together (without doing anything to the hole/opening. You will stuff it loosely.

- Take out the Tummy piece (see step 2 for exact details) and you will need to sew the darts near where the legs bend. You do these darts on the wrongside of the material so the right side will show four bent-like legs. See all images in this step for better explanation.

-This step is a bit complicated. You will take out the tummy piece and you will be sewing part of it onto the legs. You will do one side first. See Step 3 for the exact and specific areas to first sew along (these are shown with red dashes). You are working with the pieces inside out, sewing the tummy to one side of the body. Then, to the other side of the body. Only sewing along the area shown with red dashes in that step. This will leave one seam on each leg not sewn.

-Now cut out the round pieces for the paws. With everything inside out, sew the round pieces onto the ends of the arms arms and legs and then do the final seam to finish the body.

Then you can finish it up by doing the head. Not sure if this has helped. Please ask if you have any more questions....

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DorseyC made it!(author)2016-04-10

Thank you, Thank you Thank you!!!. I couldn't get a leg to fit on the back part of the tummy part. I came back and reprinted and lo and behold, the leg fit this time. I am sure once I have one completed, it will be a piece of cake but I have to admit, this has challenged me. LOL I will take your info and get started on the first one. I really appreciate your time. I will be back if I am still challenged. I have sewn for years but not much for the past few. Maybe I am losing my memory. LOL

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HollyMann made it!(author)2016-04-10

You are welcome Dorsey! I am so sorry the reply was so late! I am so happy the reprinted one worked. I definitely will be doing this again and taking much better pictures and making a 100% better printable pattern. This was my favorite thing I've ever made and I know my son will have it his whole life...I really really love how it turned out and it is sentimental. I really hope yours turns out nice also! Please let me know if i can help more! It's a little tough to sew the legs and stuff on...especially with cuddly soft material that is hard to see where the stitches are....I hope it goes well!

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DorseyC made it!(author)2016-04-10

It truly is adorable. I am planning to make one for a granddaughter and another one for my 14th great grandchild that is due in Sept. I made my husband a grey bathrobe years ago out of a cross between fleece and fake fur I can't remember what they called that material anymore. LOL He doesn't wear the robe anymore but it is like new and so soft and cuddly, so I am going to use that so they have something of Poppy's besides a cozy doggy. It will have a special meaning to both, I am sure.

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bluidmidget made it!(author)2015-12-24

Hi. I'm trying to make this but am having difficulty with the darts on the tummy. Granted, I haven't sewn in 25 years so please be patient with me. When you show the image of the leg piece flipped inside, just exactly what does that mean? I am working with fabric with a definite right and wrong side so am I folding the leg into the right side of the fabric, showing the wrong side of the leg, or vise versa? Also at that time, am I matching the bottom of the dart to the top of the dart and then stitching along where they match?

Then I'm confused about the third image, where you say that "this part is folded up" because the arrow points to the dotted line. So does that mean the dotted line is then folded up to where it looks like I'm supposed to stitch along the first stitch that's depicted in the first image? I apologize if that doesn't make sense.

Would appreciate your help, please. Thank you.

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HollyMann made it!(author)2016-04-10

I'm sorry for the late reply! Where it says this part needs to be folded up, I am just referring to the leg and the actual fold will be where that arrow is pointing to. Hope that makes sense.

For the leg dart, you should have the tummy piece and lay it on the work area with the right side up or facing you. This will be the tummy that you see on the stuffed animal when it's done. Then, take the legs and fold them inward and pin (it shows that in one image). Then, you will do the stitches as shown in the image. Then, when you remove the pin and let the legs hang there, you will see they are now in the correct position for your stuffed animal to look like it's standing. This is so hard to explain. I am very sorry for not having better images and I will try to make this again and take more photos soon.

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HollyMann made it!(author)2016-04-10

I'm sorry for the late reply! Where it says this part needs to be folded up, I am just referring to the leg and the actual fold will be where that arrow is pointing to. Hope that makes sense.

For the leg dart, you should have the tummy piece and lay it on the work area with the right side up or facing you. This will be the tummy that you see on the stuffed animal when it's done. Then, take the legs and fold them inward and pin (it shows that in one image). Then, you will do the stitches as shown in the image. Then, when you remove the pin and let the legs hang there, you will see they are now in the correct position for your stuffed animal to look like it's standing. This is so hard to explain. I am very sorry for not having better images and I will try to make this again and take more photos soon.

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SarahC151 made it!(author)2016-03-19

On the patterns, are the inner lines were you sew or is it the outer lines. A little confused, but the pattern is cute and I am going to attempt to make a cute lil dog!

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HollyMann made it!(author)2016-04-10

Hi Sarah, sorry the patterns are a bit sloppy..this was before I started using a software to help make really neat ones. For the body, you can cut out the pieces and then do about 1/2 inch seam allowance. I should have written that one there. It is necessary with really weird material like this one I used...it was very difficult with less than 1/2 inch SA. For the head though, I have marked specifically where to sew :) It can be a bit flexible though with the SA and still fit together fine.

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leahblackwolf made it!(author)2016-03-14

awesome!! We have a TON of towels we don't use

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lauren4004 made it!(author)2015-10-07

THANK YOU for this! I'm going to be Betty Boop for Halloween... and I wanted a stuffed "Pudgy" the dog to carry around with me, but I didn't want to spend $20 (plus shipping) by buying one online. :D I'll just make the pattern a tad rounder and add some spots!

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HollyMann made it!(author)2015-10-17

Yay so happy you found this :) Hope it turns out great!

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yo_demigods made it!(author)2015-05-21

omg tnx

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joanne.long.167 made it!(author)2015-01-19

This is such an adorable idea!!! I need to make much smaller plush animals as they are going to be squeaker puppies for my two Chihuahuas. I have a gray robe and one dog is black/the other is white. It will look like they have a bunch of puppies!!!

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kdbaier made it!(author)2014-10-23

I am going to attempt to do this. I was going to have a memory bear made from an old plush robe that was my sisters before she passed. They were 85.-90. Then I thought I would try to make one myself and then decided on a dog. It would be more special made by me then someone else. Wish me luck

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HollyMann made it!(author)2014-10-27

Hi KdBaier - thank you for the comment and for sharing about your sister. I am so sorry for your loss. I think your plans to do this - is such a beautiful idea. I agree - that you making it yourself would be very special. Please please let me know if you have any problems or need help with it in any way..I will try to help as I know how important it is. I feel honored that you might make it from this pattern. Take care and if you do make it - hope you let us know how it turns out. :)

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horseygal2014 made it!(author)2014-05-02

are you kidding me! I cannot believe this turned out like the ones you buy in stores!

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HollyMann made it!(author)2014-05-03

awww thanks for the sweet comment!!! This was one project I really LOVE and still love seeing that little guy around. My son isn't getting old for stuffed animals now - but I still love it! :)

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pidgeymont made it!(author)2014-03-09

Great Puppy. It´s amazing!
I´m having some trouble to find the pattern. What do I have to do to download it?

thank you a lot and congratulations!

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horses34 made it!(author)2013-09-27

I love your puppy! I have to read this instructable

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saosport made it!(author)2013-02-27

love them! You have my vote. I am going to try and make one.

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HollyMann made it!(author)2013-02-27

I hope it turns out great - if you have questions, let me know!

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kcli made it!(author)2013-02-27

Now that's what I call C-R-A-F-T-Y and a great instructable!

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HollyMann made it!(author)2013-02-27

Thank you so much!

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shazni made it!(author)2013-02-20

Awwww....how cute is that!

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HollyMann made it!(author)2013-02-20

Thanks Shazni!!! :)

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M.C.+Langer made it!(author)2013-02-19

Beautiful!!!!

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HollyMann made it!(author)2013-02-19

Thanks Mario :)

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sunshiine made it!(author)2013-02-19

So cute!

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Dream+Dragon made it!(author)2013-02-19

Wow! How sweet.

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ChrysN made it!(author)2013-02-19

It is adorable!

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HollyMann made it!(author)2013-02-19

Thanks so much ChrysN :)

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studleylee made it!(author)2013-02-19

You are always so creative!!!!

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HollyMann made it!(author)2013-02-19

Thanks!!!

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lgiuliani made it!(author)2013-02-19

Holly-These are adorable. What imagination. Another great idea and thanks for the pattern.

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HollyMann made it!(author)2013-02-19

Thank you so much! :)

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Penolopy+Bulnick made it!(author)2013-02-19

Oh that is the cutest! You did such an awesome job! It looks store bought but better :)

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HollyMann made it!(author)2013-02-19

Thank you so much, Penolopy!!! I was so happy it turned out this way on the first try with the pattern!!! :) Excited to make more for other little family members!

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