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Ralf and Rill's draught excluder craft

Add some quirkiness to your child's bedroom with a creature from Donna Wilson's odd squad

Posted: 24 January 2013
by Amanda Pauley

In Ralf and Rill's house, the wind gusts through a big gap under the door. A sausage dog will stop those draughts.

You will need:

  • Measuring tape
  • Fabric of your choice, for body, legs and ears
  • Scissors
  • Needle and thread
  • Stuffing (polyester or old fabric)
  • Pins
  • Felt for eyes, nose and spots

What to do:

1. Cut a rectangle the width of your door for the dog's body. Fold down the middle and cut a diagonal line at one end for the pointy nose. Cut eight identical foot shapes, two tail shapes and two ear shapes.

2. Sew two ears together using an overstitch all the way round. Sew the tail the same way. Sew two of the feet together, leaving the top end open. Repeat for all four feet.

3. Stuff the dog's feet. Then insert the feet and tail between the folds of the body fabric and pin into place.

4. Attach the dog's ears. Cut a slit on the fold on the top of the head. Fold the ear piece in half and push the centre into the slit. Stitch the ear into place. 

5. Stitch up the body. Use an overstitch on all the open sides, leaving a gap in the middle for stuffing. Stuff the dog as full as you can so he's solid and stiff, then sew up the gaps. 

6. Finish by adding eyes and a nose with some felt shapes. If you're feeling really adventurous, sew on some spots, too. 

Design adapted from 'Creative Creatures' by Donna Wilson (Kingfisher, £9.99). 

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