Having to stay at home also means having plenty of time to relax and read. This is the perfect time for our Dog Bone Sewing Pattern tutorial! Whether you are making it for yourself or a loved one, this comfy dog bone shaped pillow is ideal to support your neck during a reading marathon or even when taking a little nap. So get your sewing machine at the ready and let us show just how easy it is!
Here is what you will need for the Dog Bone Sewing Pattern:
- Printer, scissors and adhesive tape or glue
- Three matching fabrics, each measuring 30x40cm (12x16in)
- Polyfill stuffing
- Matching thread
- Dog Bone Sewing Template
- Your own woven label from Wunderlabel
First print the PDF file provided and cut out both pieces. Then stick them together along the shaded grey area with either adhesive tape or glue so that the two pieces form one half of the bone shape. The seam allowance is already included in the template for the dog bone sewing pattern.
Use your neck pillow pattern to cut out one piece from each fabric. Fold each fabric in two and place the straight edge of the pattern against the fold to get a complete bone shape. Mark the ends of the fold by snipping a small notch into the fabric – don’t cut more than 1cm (3/8 in) inwards or you’ll cut through the seam allowance.
Your woven label with text & symbol should be sewn on before you complete the rest of the dog bone sewing pattern, using a sewing machine or by hand.
Now we are ready to start sewing the dog bone pillow. First, place two pieces of fabric right sides together. Pin or clip one long edge together, working from notch to notch. Sew along this edge, backstitching at each notch and using a 1cm (3/8 in) seam allowance. Take the third piece of fabric and pin or clip it to one of the other pieces, again right sides together. Sew the third piece on, working from notch to notch in the same way.
Now pin or clip the final seam together. This time you’ll need to leave a turning hole in the middle of the long side, which should be around 5cm (2in) long. Backstitch before and after this hole to make sure your stitches don’t come unravelled when you turn the cushion. Clip the seams around the ends – you can either use pinking shears or simply cut notches into the seams if you don’t have pinking shears. This will help make sure that the curves are smooth when your cushion is finished.
Turn the cushion the right way out through the turning hole – use something pointy like a chopstick to push the seams all the way out if necessary. Use polyfill stuffing to fill your cushion – try to use small pieces, as this gives a more even end result. You’ll need more stuffing than you think! The cushion should be firmly stuffed to provide adequate support for your neck when it’s complete.
Close the turning hole invisibly by hand, using a ladder stitch to pull the two edges of the hole together.
Add a ribbon with a gift tag and your cushion is ready to give to your favourite bookworm! But you might not want to part with the pillow once you have tried it! Why not simply share this dog bone neck pillow pattern with your nearest and dearest so that everyone can make their own?
Great tip: You can find more fun tutorials for booklovers in our blog, like the DIY Felt Heart Bookmarks. This one is even easier than the Dog Bone Sewing Pattern Tutorial and is a great beginner’s project for children!
Have fun being creative!