Pattern Review: Sewing Simplicity 1083 – the cutest Doggie Softie Pattern!


Well, hello there! Aren’t you adorable! And you came from a $1 pattern! I sewed up the Dog softie sewing pattern Simplicity 1083 for my daughter for Christmas and she turned out even better than I had hoped.

Have you ever seen a dog in a diaper, lol? There is a little hole in this diaper for the dog’s tail. I love it.

I grabbed this pattern (Simplicity 1083) at Joann’s over the Black Friday weekend when they were only $1. It comes with a small dog and a whole bunch of accessories. So far I’ve sewn the dog, the bow, the diaper…

And this cute tote! I still want to make the bone and the baby bottle. Besides getting the pattern for a steal, the faux fur was left over from sewing 5 owls and a llama (all from 1 yard!). Don’t you love it when being able to sew works out so well? Patterns from the ‘Big 4’ companies often go on sale at Joann’s and Hobby Lobby, so if you want to sew this little puppy watch for another sale and get yours too!

Most of the pattern pieces are quite small, and all of them have 1/4” seam allowances. So I would put it at intermediate level. It didn’t take very long, though. I used fusible fleece for stabilizer in the tote, fyi.

I am so excited for Christmas and seeing my kids open all the presents I’ve been sewing!

So, what have you been sewing up this week? Did you make something with one of my free sewing tutorials or patterns? I would love to see! Tag me on Instagram @sewcanshe.


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  1. This must be the cutest little doggie ever. Thanks for inspiring us, Caroline.

  2. Desi Wilson says:

    I have a question. You say the pieces are quite small. Would it be best to sew this by hand?
    I can sew, but I am a novice, and this is "intermediate level." I am quite good at handwork.
    Thanks for sharing. So adorable!

    1. Hi Desi,
      If you enjoy hand sewing I think this would be a great project to sew that way. The largest pieces are about 10-12” across. It’s kind of difficult to see your stitches in the faux fur, but you don’t have to use faux fur if you don’t want to. Plus not seeing the stitches very well isn’t necessarily a bad thing. Have fun!

  3. That is such a cute dog! You can’t beat a $1 pattern.

  4. Sandy Marshall says:

    I love that purse and tried to make it until I got to sewing and turning it right side out. I had no idea where or how to sew it. The directions stink. Wish they had more pictures on how to do it.

  5. I am making this same pattern, and am stuck on the diaper. I am an experienced in sewing, but for am stuck. I have finished the purse bag to Sandy the corners on the purse need to be sewn straight across. The directions are confusing. Any suggestions on how you can sewed the diaper?

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