Humphrey the Hound – a Free Pattern

Humphrey is my interpretation of a vintage pattern first published over 40 years ago! He is entirely hand-stitched and has a cute button nose. He’s a great easy make for beginners or to make for sale as he shouldn’t take an experienced maker more than a couple of hours in total.

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Materials:

  • 18” square main body fabric. Use felt or a medium-weight non-stretchy fabric
  • 10” x 12” gusset fabric as before
  •  6” square contrast fabric for ears
  • ¾” black or dark brown button for nose
  • Small black beads for eyes
  • Strong dark brown or black thread
  • Stranded cotton floss in a colour that you feel works well with your main body fabric. I chose a light mint green for my Humphrey

Download your template HERE

Method:

  • Resize templates to make the Humphrey of your choice. Cut all pieces as shown on templates.
  • Stitch gussets to main body pieces around legs and belly
  • Join main pieces together along top from nose to tail tip.
  • Join gussets leaving a 3” gap for stuffing.
  • Stuff and close gap.
  • Join inner and outer ears, then stitch to dog using the photograph as a guide.
  • Sew on beads for eyes using strong thread and pulling fairly tightly to form little hollows around the eyes. I have marked the eye position on the templates, but it’s always a good idea to try out with glass-headed pins
    first to make sure you’re happy wit h the positioning.
  • Sew on button for nose with and make a few tiny French knots in dark brown or black for whiskers.
  • Add claws in dark brown thread. FINISHED!!

If you’d like this tutorial as a free pdf file, then click the button below and I’ll send it to you.  (If you already receive our free newsletter then you’ll find the tutorial waiting for you in your newsletter readers pattern library).

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