Grandma Camp, Part 2: Zipper Critter Dogs

My campers love dogs. What could be better than their own dog pillows, made to sleep with and to hold their pj’s? I used bright, leftover quilt fabrics in all different colors, old buttons and my collection of colored zippers. It’s quick and easy to make these if you buy the ready-made travel pillows. I put Minkee fabric on the back for comfort. Each camper picked their favorite dog and named them. They were their constant companions for the camp-out.

These dogs were adapted from an Indigo Junction pattern called Zipper Critters.

It’s a good idea to reinforce the button eyes with fabric behind them so they don’t need eye surgery. If you make a critter for a little one, appliqué the eyes instead of using buttons so they don’t get eaten off the dog. They go together in a snap when you make them assembly-line style.

Presser feet used to create these puppy pals were the appliqué foot (Open Embroidery Foot #20), the piecing foot (Patchwork Foot #37), the zipper foot (Zipper Foot #4), and the all-purpose foot in conjunction with BERNINA Dual Feed (Reverse Pattern Foot #1D). You could use a walking foot in place of dual feed.

Make your favorite camper their very own dog. They will love you for it!


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