At ScS we’re passionate about great upholstery and design that’s individual to you, just like the Great North Snowdogs pack each having their own look and personal design. We think these qualities are just as important when shopping for the home, something we know a thing or two about having been doing it expertly for over 100 years. So, our team thought it would be a great idea to show you how you can make your own Snowdog ‘Sewdog’ using spare materials and some basic upholstery techniques, which gives you the chance to show your creativity and design skills
This is a great activity for the whole family, as shown by our Upholstery Manager Neville Hender in our tutorial video below.
Alternatively you can follow our ‘paw by paw’ instructions to make your very own Snowdog ‘Sewdog’ or you can download instructions here: Download Instructions.
Paw-by-paw instructions (Download here)
What you will need
- A pen/pencil/chalk
- Needle and thread
- Two pieces of fabric (we suggest a felt-type fabric)
- Stuffing (we suggest inside of a pillow, cotton wool, off cuts of fabric)
- Fabric scraps, sequins, glitter, sparkles, beads, stickers, buttons and bows for decoration
Note: Young children will need help from an adult here.
Find some spare fabrics big enough to cut out two of the Snowdog Sewdog shapes, be sure to get permission from an adult first. Once you’ve found your fabric, draw round the template using chalk or a pen.
Now cut out the Snowdog Sewdog shape from the fabric.
Note: Again, young children will need help from an adult here.
Repeat step 2 and 3 so you have two pieces of Snowdog Sewdog-shaped fabric.
Top tip: If you’re using a fabric with a pattern on one side or that has a front and back (like a cushion cover) you will need to turn the fabric over when drawing round the template a second time. This is to be sure you have two Snowdog faces that match up when placed back to back.
You should now have two Snowdog Sewdog-shaped cuts outs. Place one on top of the other with the fronts facing outwards. Here is where you need a needle and thread. Sew around the fabric edges leaving a small gap, which will be needed later for stuffing. Don’t worry if you can’t sew, why not try a fabric glue or get an adult to use an iron-on hemming tape.
Top tip: Young children will need help from an adult here. We suggest using a running or backstitch for best results (see our guide).
Next take your stuffing and fill your Snowdog Sewdog. You can use a blunt pencil or chopstick to make sure you get the stuffing up into its ears.
Once it’s filled, now sew up the gap you left earlier.
Now you should have one ‘paw-some’ Snowdog Sewdog ready and waiting to be decorated and embellished.
Top tip: Don’t hold back, make it your own individual design. Glitter, sparkles, buttons, beads, stickers, use your imagination and make it dog-tastic! Hint: why not dig out your old mis-matched socks for his ears.
Tweet your pictures to @DogOnTheTyne.
Above all else get creative and have fun! And, you don’t have to stop at one, you could make a whole family of Snowdog Sewdogs for your sofa at home.