My niece Kailani is getting married soon, and her aunties (my three sisters and me) decided to host a shower. For her gift, I decided to make her some pillows with a dachshund on them. Dachshunds are popular in my family so I hoped she would like them.
I'm also making these pillows as a sample for the shop, and I hoped this would push me to finish that project. Anyway, for Kailani, I choose a dog print for the background. For the dog's sweater, I chose bright, fun prints in various shades of blue.
For the dog's body, I chose a dark red. I wasn't trying to match the color of Kailani's dog. Instead, I was trying to choose a fun color that would go well with the sweater fabrics. I tried bright blue, green, yellow, and orange and nothing worked. In the end I chose something kind of realistic, but not exactly and I feel like it works well.
You can make two small pillows with this pattern, or one large one. I decided to make two smaller ones for Kailani. I really love how the dog is stretched across the two pillows. So fun for a long doggie like a dachshund!
The pattern calls for you to add decorative stitches at the edge of each of the sweater pieces, and I had a lot of fun with that.
If you follow the pattern, you're supposed to add zippers to the back of each pillow and I didn't think that was really needed so I overlapped the two pieces of the back to create an envelope pillow.
We had a lovely day for the shower and the bride was so happy with her pillows!
Here are the details:
"Haute Dog Pillows"
12" x 16"
Fabrics: Various brights from my stash
Pattern: Haute Dog by Bella Nonna
Batting: Quilter's Dream Request
Piecing Thread: Aurifil 50 wt. #2024 White
Embellishing Thread: Aurifil 50 wt #2345 (Raisin), #2785 (Very Dark Navy), #2145 (Yellow Orange), and #1104 (Neon Orange), Mettler 40 wt. #673 (Twilight), Gutterman 50 wt #7544 (Very Dark Turquoise) and #710 (Bright Green), Wonderfil Konfetti 50 wt. #KT606 (Peacock Blue)
Pieced and embellished by Jennifer Fulton
Special note: The pattern I used is Haute Dog by Bella Nonna. I wish I could say that it was well-written and easy to follow. Maybe it's me, but I didn't find that to be true. To make the pillows I ended up writing my own set of steps on a separate paper and following them. If you're interested in the pattern though, I will say that the pillows sure turned out cute! Here's a link to the pattern.