The Sausage Dog Pillow | Madam Sew

The Sausage Dog Pillow

Check out these adorable Dachshund cushions! This blog post is a tutorial with a free printable pattern. A very quick beginner-friendly sewing project. And it’s perfect to use and start matching some fabric scraps.

You will need

  • Fabric: you’ll have enough with 2 fat quarters (or 2 pieces of about 22 x 12 inch for the dog and 2 smaller pieces for the ears). You can use any fabric. If you are a novice seamstress, go for sturdy fabrics like cotton, canvas, linen, rayon, twill...
  • A bag of fiberfill, cotton stuffing, or you can use the filling of an old pillow you were going to throw away or buy a cheap pillow in a dollar store.
  • Optional: If you want extra decoration like a nose and eyes, you need some black flock foil and 2 buttons, or you can use embroidery thread for the eyes.
  • Your regular sewing tools: scissors, fabric pins, sewing machine, matching threads.

Pattern Printing Instructions (download at the end of the article)

printable pattern

The grain line of your fabric is marked on all pattern pieces, this important to lay your pieces correctly on the fabric.

You can print the pattern on a home printer on A4 or US Letter size.

Put the printer setting to ‘original size’. You can check the guide on the first pattern page to make sure the gauge printed correctly and the pattern hasn’t been distorted. .

Cut out, assemble, and tape the different pattern pieces together.

Fabric Preparations

Pre-shrink and iron your fabric. Copy the pattern pieces on your fabric and cut out. Mark the notches with a fabric marker.

fabric preparation



Cut out 2 mirrored dog body pieces.

cut out 2 mirrored dogs
Cut out 2 x 2 mirrored ear pieces.



Cut out 2 x 2 mirrored ear pieces.

Sewing instructions

All the pattern pieces include ⅜ seam allowance.

Start with the ears. Sew the 2 matching ear pieces together at ⅜ inch, right sides facing, leave the top open.

trim the edges


Trim the edges, cut notches. Turn right sides out and press the assembled ears.

If you want to sew some embellishments on the body parts, add them now, before you assemble all of the parts. Except for buttons, you can add these at the end.

Match the raw edges of the ears and the body parts, using the marks, on the right side of the body parts. Pin together.


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Pin the 2 body parts right sides facing together. Sew all around but leave an opening of about 3 inch in the belly area. Make sure the top of the ears are caught in between the seam.

Trim the edges all around. At the curves make some cuts in the seam allowance to make sure the seams will lie flat.

Turn the dog right side out

Stuff the dog with the filling through the turning hole.

Close the belly opening in the seam with an invisible hand stitch. Use a ladder stitch.

close the belly

Add a nose and the eyes, if you want.

You can make these cute pillows as a gift or make your own series!

cute pillows as a gift
make cute pillows as a gift

Happy doggy sewing!



Download the free DOG Pillow pattern pieces HERE

Download the free DOG Pillow pattern + tutorial HERE

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Love the project , I have made 7 sausage dogs so far , my grandkids and their friends are asking for more,. Be great if you can introduce more like this one, suggestion , Easter bunny, an elephant, a cat would be wonderful, and many others
Thanks again fir you wonderful service
Faye (Sydney Australia)

Love this sausage dog Wonder gift for young ones or a new born

Thank you. Great pattern and tutorial. Kids love this toy pillow. :)

Branka Čelić

I love this project! I have made 2 so far and have more in the works! The first is an autograph dog with an Oxford cloth body made from my dad’s Upcycled. Shirt. The head, feet, and tail are felt. I made a collar from an upcycled men’s tie, a flannel coat, and leash.
The 2nd dog is a take on a toddler’s quiet book with zipper, buttons, lacing, and textures. See them on Instagram @dogwooddesigntn

Debbie Butner

Looking forward to tring this! Ordered a proper sewing machine today along with pillow stuffing. Hopefully I enjoy using the new machine and continue to fall in love with sewing!


I just love these cushions and I am looking forward to making them.


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