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Molly's Sketchbook: The Purl Soho Pup

Turning a pile of fabric and stuffing into a loveable toy animal feels a bit like magic. In fact, when I was a kid I firmly believed that my own bunnies, bears and dogs came to life after I went to sleep. And even now as an adult, whenever I sew a plush creature, I can’t help but feel the thrill of new life. There is something about the last steps of stuffing a new animal and stitching its face that feels more like sprinkling fairy dust than sewing!

Creating the Purl Soho Pup was especially enchanting. With its take-me-home face, you can’t help but love this whimsically hot-doggy pup! Standing 8 1/2 inches tall and stretching 17 inches long our Pup is thoughtfully designed to stand up on its own four legs without sacrificing cuddle-bility to do it. We made our doggies out of Dorr Mill’s soft and huggable Wool Yardage and accented the paws and ears with a splash of Kokka’s handsome Large Gingham and Liberty of London’s pretty Tana Lawn



The Purl Soho Pup is not difficult to sew, but it does take time and attention, so it’s a great project if you want a bit of a challenge with a big payoff! Everything you need to make one of your own, from the fabric to the stuffing, is in our Purl Soho Pup Kit right here… Just add your own fairy dust! --Molly

P.S. Already have materials? Buy just the Purl Soho Pup Pattern, as a downloadable PDF or a hardcopy, here!

Reader Comments (11)

May 11, 2014 | Unregistered Commentervicki
Molly ... is he a mini or a standard Dachshund ... Pokey likes it either size ... but he would like to know!!! HI paw!!!
May 11, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterIna + Pokey
So cute.. :-)
Paola - Italy
May 12, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAmore Di Zìa
Hi There Ina-

Great question. Please let Pokey know that this pup is 17-inches long and 8 1/2-inches high (at the highest point.) I think that makes him standard size!


May 12, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
These are SO CUTE! I have several baby showers coming up and these would be perfect. Thank you Molly!
May 14, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterLeah
I think these pups are just lovely. PLEASE may they have some 'matching' kitten friends to play with??
May 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterHeather
Hi Heather-

Stay tuned... we might have some kittens coming up in the near future!

Thanks for getting in touch!

May 15, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee
Hi Molly - I keep coming back to check for kittens!! Thanks for making me smile all the way over in sunny Oxfordshire, in England. Maybe it will be days or even weeks I have to wait, and not just hours. Thanks for all the wonderful projects you have already done. Kind regards, Heather
May 15, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterHeather
LOVE these.
May 16, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterRamona
Question on Molly - if I purchase the download for the pattern can I download immediately or does it need to ship to me?
May 23, 2014 | Unregistered CommenterAnne
Hi Anne-

You can download it immediately after checkout.

Thanks so much for your question and good luck with the project!

May 25, 2014 | Registered Commenterpurl bee

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