Shake off the winter blues with this easy little craft project. This DIY felt St. Bernard brooch is sure to make you smile even if the temperature outside brings tears to your eyes! (Extra smiles since the pattern is free!)
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Not being a pet person myself, making a felt dog has never really crossed my mind! But this St. Bernard was a custom request during the holidays for a very special customer and I thought it would be fun to turn it into a free printable pattern for the blog!
Who knows, since I love this pup so much, I may even end up designing more dog diys! Which breed would you suggest I try next? (Tell me in the comments!)
This darling doggo pattern can also be used to make an ornament, keychain, magnet, hair clip or any other decoration you can dream up! It doesn’t have to be a brooch if you’ve got something else in mind.
And if you’re looking for any other felt animal patterns, you can locate a beluga, shark, bunny and more in the freebies tab.
There’s also a lot of critter patterns to choose from in my shop.
I realize that not all St. Bernards have the same colouring that I’ve used here. So feel free to swap out the colours to suit the pup you’d like to recreate!
Here’s what you’ll need to make one St. Bernard brooch:
Printed Pattern – Find it at the bottom of the post. (No sign-up required yet.)
Brown Felt – 4″ x 4.5″
Light Grey Felt – tiny scrap
Dark Grey or Black Felt – tiny scrap
Cream Felt – 2″x 2.5″
Matching Brown, Dark Grey & Cream embroidery thread
Darker Brown and Black embroidery thread
Stuffing – Polyfil or Wool roving
Dark Grey Sharpie
Black Sharpie Pen
Small sharp embroidery scissors
Hot Glue Gun
How to Cut Out Felt Shapes
First cut out all the paper pattern pieces.
For the larger elements, you can pin the paper to the felt and cut around.
For the smaller or more detailed pieces, use a piece of scotch tape to stick the paper to the felt. Cut through the tape and felt simultaneously. Gently peel the paper off the felt, it will not damage or skew the felt.
Ok, let’s start making!
DIY Felt St. Bernard
Start by sticking the light grey chin piece to the brown face using a tiny dot of hot glue.
Next, take the weird looking piece that will create the forehead stripe and part of the jowls.
Use a single strand of matching cream coloured embroidery thread and sew the piece in place with a tiny backstitch in the places shown; a few stitches over the chin area and down both sides of the forehead section. The rest of the piece will get covered up by the snout.
Next we’ll add the snout layer.
Stitch it in place with a single strand of matching cream and a backstitch. Stitch all the way around this piece.
DIY Felt Dog Embroidery Details
Next, stitch the nose in place with a teeny tiny backstitch and matching dark grey thread.
For the eyes, use 2 strand of black thread to create slanted stitches where you want the eyes to be. Use a single strand of grey thread to add a stitch above the black stitch, ever so slightly longer than the black one.
The eyebrows are done with two strands of darker brown in a little pyramid shape.
Now you can start sewing the front and back of the doggo closed.
Start with two strands of cream thread and stitch around the white part of the jowls with a small blanket stitch.
Switch to two strands of matching brown thread and continue with the blanket stitch. Sew up the right side of the dog, then position the right ear in place and continue stitching around, catching the top of the ear as you stitch.
Keep sewing around and catch the left ear in the same way. As you stitch down the left side of the face, (make sure not to catch the side of the ear in the stitching) add a small amount of stuffing to give the dog some shape.
Adding Sharpie Detailing
Now this step is a little bit optional.
When I first designed this St. Bernard, it was to replicate a real-life canine bestie for his sweet young owner. So I had to figure out how to add the grey colouring because that’s what the real dog looks like.
If you too are trying to recreate a real-life doggo, maybe it’s colouring is slightly different than this one. So proceed with whatever works best for you!
I will say this. If you do want to add the sharpie colouring, practice on some scrap felt first.
I find that the sharpie doesn’t bleed much on the felt, but a little goes a long way. Add a tiny bit of colour then wait for it to finish spreading and filling out before you add more.
The sharpie WILL bleed on the cotton embroidery thread. (Might be a different story if you’ve used polyester thread.) So be extra careful with where you touch the marker to the thread.
Then I used a black fine point sharpie to add some definition to the jowls with a few short straight lines on either side.
Finish the Felt Dog
Now that the pooch is done, you can add a brooch pin to the back! You can find these pins at most craft supply shops.
All done! Isn’t he charming?!
I think he’s just delightful as a brooch on a winter coat, all droopy and moody!
This pup is a whole vibe and I’m here for it!
You can download the pattern by clicking here. Make sure you print the pattern at 100%.