Now the days are getting colder, it’s time to winter (or cold) proof your home – so it’s draught free, cosy and (hopefully) costing a bit less to heat.
First job? Plugging up the gaps underneath the doors and windows. For that, you’ll need a (doggie-shaped) draught excluder.
With a little snipping and stitching, you could be the proud owner of a new pet who’ll happily lie across those gaps and keep the wind off your toes.
Measure the width of the door or window where your draught excluder will live, so you know how long to make your sausage dog.
Cut all of the patterns out of the paper. Then using the ear, front leg and back leg patterns, cut out 4 pieces of each from the 80cm of fabric. Or, if you’re using the additional fabric cut 2 pieces of each from the 20cm fabric and 2 of each from your main piece of fabric (2 with the paper pattern facing towards you, and 2 with it facing away).
Now with the 80cm fabric, cut around the main body pattern – you’ll need 2 of these (1 with the paper pattern facing towards you, and 1 with it facing away).
This is the fun bit… Put 2 pieces of each pattern together so they line up (if you’re using 2 different fabrics, you need one of each) making sure the pattern is on the inside. Sew them together, staying 0.1cm from the edge, and leave an opening so you can turn it inside out when you’re done.
Now you can fill your dog with the stuffing and stitch the hole closed so no filling can escape.
Do exactly the same thing with the legs and the ears – matching them up, sewing round the edge, stuffing till they’re full, and stitching them closed.
Now you’re ready to sew everything together. Using a pen, mark out on the body where you want the legs to go (it’s important to get them in the right place so your dog doesn’t topple over) and stitch together. Then, for the final touch, use your buttons to give him a nose and some eyes.
That’s it, all done. Now shut the door, plonk him across the gap and get cosy.
How about making a simpler one? This snake-like one is made with old socks.
Take one of the socks and, using a funnel, stuff it with two handfuls of dried corn, then two big handfuls of stuffing. (The corn will give the draught excluder weight, and the stuffing will insulate and give it shape)
Keep doing this with all of your socks until they’re full (make sure your last filling is stuffing otherwise you’ll have corn all over the floor).
Now attach the plump socks to each other by overlapping the open end of one sock over the closed end of another (make sure the toe bits are at either end of your snake). Once you’ve put them all in place, stitch them together with your needle and thread.
Nothing – you’re all done!
Did you make one? What does your creature look like? Whether it’s perfect, or looks more like a dog-cat-snake creature, we’d love to see it. Take a snap and email us, tweet @OVOEnergy or post to our Facebook page.
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