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How to make Chipolata – the Sausage Dog draft excluder.

How to make Chipolata - the Sausage Dog draft excluder.


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How to make Chipolata - the Sausage Dog draft excluder.
£ 40.00 inc VAT.
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Date and Time of Class: October 19 @ 10:00 am - 3:00 pm

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The “How to” series of workshops with experienced teacher and textile artist, designer Gary Mills, are workshops to help you improve and develop skills in varying sewing and textiles processes.
Banish those winter drafts with this adorable draught excluder which is relatively easy to make with an exclusive pattern designed by Gary, (which can be adapted to fit any length of doorway). Chippie is completely based around Gary’s very own Sausage Dog called Chipolata.

What You Will Learn in this Workshop

This five-hour session is divided into two halves with a short comfort break for 30 minutes in the middle. To begin you will be introduced to the project, and then Gary will guide you through each of the skills processes:
You will learn how to work through assembling the draft excluder, with all the relevant pattern pieces. Taking care to keep your seam allowances consistent and then trimming back to avoid any bulk. Once you have turned the figure through you will learn the best way to stuff your figure with toy stuffing, and to avoid a lumpy uneven outcome. You will be hand stitching his articulated legs and adding his facial details.

Level of Experience

  • This workshop is suitable for the Intermediate & Advanced sewer. For those more experienced and advanced you can further hone your skills by working on improved accuracy and stitch ability to achieve a first-class professional finish.

Materials / Equipment required by Attendees

  • Materials
    • Choose your fabrics to either work with your interior of the room Chipolata will be guarding or add a bold splash of colour, it is entirely up to you.
    • For the main body you will need 34” x 30” (87cm x 77cm) fabric suitable fabrics are heavier weight wool tweeds and similar fabrics, upholstery fabrics, cotton drill and cotton twill, canvas type fabrics and denim.
    • For the ears, tail, and legs 41” x 18” (104cm x 46cm) fabric as above but you can use lighter weight fabrics if you wish such as printed cottons to add further colour and pattern to your hound. – Depending on your width of fabric you can always fold and turn your fabric lengthways rather than working widthways
    • Matching thread for machine and hand sewing – you can add a coloured contrast embroidery thread to stitch the buttons on the legs to add further detail
    • For the eyes I have used 2x large 1” (2.5cm) brown buttons and 2x smaller ½” (1cm) black buttons.
    • For the legs will need 4 x 1” (2.5cm) buttons which either contrast or work with the fabric
    • For the nose I have used a small black pompom, but you can use a button or a large black bead
    • For the collar 36” (92cm) length of 1” (2.5cm) wide ribbon
    • You will need 16oz or 500 grams of polyester toy stuffing or alternatively I have used a cheap pillow filling which works well.
      Note: If you wish for a softer contour hugging ‘bean bag’ style draught excluder, you can substitute the body stuffing with cat litter or similar, although still use polyester stuffing for the nose and the head up to the neck.
  • Equipment
    • A general sewing box: scissors, needles, pins, tape measure
    • (Optional)Ruler or quilting square to help with marking your seam allowances.
    • Tailor’s chalk or fabric marker pen
    • (Useful) Iron for pressing
    • Chop stick or similar blunt stick for stuffing
    • As mentioned above paper scissors, sticky tape, or glue stick to join pattern.
    • Sewing machine straight stitches used (you can hand sew if you wish but will take you a little longer to make)

    If you do not have a Sewing Machine, or don’t want to bring your own, you can use one of our latest Brother demonstration machines for the nominal fee of £3.00 per session.


  • Gary Mills