these handmade Dachshund Felt Ornaments are a sweet and festive nod to everyone's favorite Long Dog. a step by step guide makes it easy to do yourself!
Dachshund Felt Ornaments
I participated in Heather's ornament exchange last year, as part of Handmade Christmas 2010.
I am SO glad I did. It was SO much fun, and completely pulled me out of my comfort zone of No Sewing.
I do not sew.
Well, I guess I do now. 😉
I must have known I'd love this, because I signed up for the maximum of five. I make five ornaments, I get five in return. Then I told Heather (because I love her and because she organized this) that I would make one for her too. So, six.
What will I make, what will I make? What have I gotten myself into?
So, I'd give anyone who reads regularly or knows me, a HALF a guess as to what I would make.
Okay, onto the tutorial.
Gather your tools: Embroidery thread, sharp scissors, a needle, a chopstick.
Gather your material: Felt and stuffing.
Gather your inspiration: Dachshunds Basil, Jake and Elwood.
um, Elwood giving me the side eye.
ah... the inspiration is my favorite. 😀
Draw your shape, in this case, a dachshund. make a stencil. Ink an outline onto felt.
Cut out your template. You will use as a guide to cut out all doxies.
You need two pieces of felt for each dachshund.
Fold over a piece of felt, pin down template doxie, cut.
Cut two ears.
Now you are ready to start sewing! I used the blanket stitch:
Bring the threaded needle from the back of the fabric through to the front at the desired distance from the edge - this determines the width of the stitch. I start from the inside the pieces of felt, so the knot doesn't show.
To sew the first stitch, put the needle into the fabric from the front, the same distance from the edge as the thread came through in Step 1 and to the left. The distance between the two should remain consistent. When pulling needle / thread through, I stick my finger out to catch the loop before I pull all the way through.
Pass the needle through the loop and pull tight.
To sew the second stitch, put the needle through the back, at the same distance as the first, pull needle through to front, catching loop with finger and pass needle through loop. Pull tight. Repeat!
Then do the same stitching on each ear!
I actually stitched the ears first, then when I got to the top of each doxie head, I'd stitch the ears on as I went along... an ear for each side, flappable.
For these dachshund shapes, I began at the left of the belly, by the back leg, and sewed away from the belly all around the dachshund.
I take out the needle, but leave the thread in. After you stuff, you can keep sewing!
Ready to stuff!
Use very small amounts of stuffing at one time...
This is where the chopstick comes in.
Poke the stuffing into the leg, the tail if possible (the tail sticks up on its own), the head, front leg.
You need to hold the belly together to finish sewing...
Then sew a nose.
After the nose, stick the needle inside the head, poking out where you want the eye.
Sew an eye, poke through to the other side, sew another eye.
Next, pick another color of felt and cut a scarf.
Wrap around doxie, sew down in the middle, add a button. I used a silver charm on each one.
Using ⅛th inch satin ribbon, sew a hanger loop in the middle of the doxie back.
I made two for each recipient of the ornament exchange. I estimated they took about 2 ¼ hours each, and as I got into a groove, it was under 2 hours per pup.
I also made a few for a couple friends with dachshunds.
This one is custom:
I wish I had the time to make them for all the doxies I know!
HAPPY HOLIDAYS !
Lilley loker says
These are adorable. Lets hope I can make as cute of a template!!! Is it regular felt or wool felt that you used?
Kristina Sloggett says
hi Lilley! this is a synthetic felt, not wool. the template isn't too difficult - you can do it! have fun. 🙂
Doxies are the best!
melissa mcclain says
Too cute! Where did you find the template for your ornament?
Kristina Sloggett says
hi Melissa, and thank you - I love my dachshunds!
I just drew this template myself, and cut it out from a piece of flexible plastic (I do not know the proper name - it is something common to people who sew, which I am not!) 😉
Happy holidays! Kristina
Beth LaMotte says
I loved your ornaments. Our family is crazy for doxies as well. Where did you find the little charms for the scarves? If I get started now, maybe I make make an ornament that represents all the doxies in our extended family.
Kristina Sloggett says
good plan to begin now, Beth! those charms came from Michaels, do you have those stores where you are? any craft store would probably have them - enjoy!