Quigley the Corgi Free Sewing Pattern and TutorialOn January 11, 2018 by fluffmonger
Quigley the Corgi free sewing pattern comes just in time for making the perfect Valentine’s Day gift! Nothing says “I love you” like a handmade corgi you can squeeze!
Quigley the Corgi is based on an actual corgi I see regularly at the park. His owner knows I am obsessed with him and stops to let me pet him whenever we pass each other.
The Quigley the Corgi made for this tutorial was sewn with organic cotton and hemp fleece that I hand-dyed, but poly fleece will work as well. If you’re interested in trying this project with organic fabric but aren’t up for dyeing, I’ve dyed some extra fabric for making Quigley and listed it in my Etsy shop.
***Update 1/11/18 4:24 pm: I’ve received some requests for already made corgis and have created a listing for them in my Etsy shop.
To make Quigley, you’ll need:
- Tan fleece (I’m using hand-dyed organic cotton and hemp fleece for which I have kits here) You’ll need approximately 1/3 yard tan (see cutting layout below for closer approximations)
- Natural fleece — You’ll need approximately 1/3 yard
- Red fleece — at least 8.5″ by 4.5″
- Black embroidery floss/yarn OR Black felt for nose and eyes (I’m using organic cotton yarn)
- Stuffing (I’m using organic carded wool from a local farm, but I also like this organic roving*. You can also use fiber stuffing, like this one made from recycled plastic bottles*)
- Matching all-purpose thread (I carry organic thread in my Etsy shop)
- Marking tool (like this disappearing pen* or this water soluble pen*)
- Pins or clips*
- Tool for turning and stuffing (like these hemostat clamps*)
- Doll Needle (optional)
If you use natural fleece, I recommend a 90/14 ball point needle. And if you decide to go with organic cotton thread, I recommend making your final stitch a stretch stitch (baste first when sewing curves, as a stretch stitch is fairly permanent).
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Printing the Pattern
Get the Pattern
Print at 100% (see a tutorial on printing and assembling patterns here).
Tracing the Pattern
Cut out paper pattern. I find it easier to trace the stitch line for small pieces, so I’m using the arm, leg, ear, and heart pattern pieces with only the seam allowance at the very end.
Line up arrows with grainline/nap direction of fabric. Trace all pieces (except the arms) and transfer all markings.
Sewing the Arms and Legs
For the arms, stitch an 11 in x 4 in piece of tan fleece to an 11 in x 2 in piece of white fleece, RIGHT sides together, along the longest edge. Finger press seam allowance open, fold widthwise with RIGHT sides together. Trace pattern piece and stitch arms. Cut out arms and turn. Run your hemostat clamps around the seams inside to help them fully open, and stuff about 2/3 of the way up.
With right sides together, stitch around legs. Cut out and turn right side out. Stuff 2/3 full.
Sewing the Body
Cut out body pieces.
Pin pieces 1 and 2, RIGHT sides together. Sew with 1/4″ seam allowance. If you are new to sewing curves, baste stitch and make sure you don’t have any puckering before sewing the final stitch. See below for a video tutorial on sewing curves.
Clip curves. Repeat for the other side.
For the corgi butt, you may find it easier to pin and sew one cheek at a time. If needed, baste or hand-stitch before making your final stitch.
Sewing the Ears
With right sides of fabric together, stitch around ears. If you are using floppy fabric, like natural fiber fleece, I recommend placing a third layer of woven fabric (I used a scrap piece of hemp muslin) underneath the two fleece fabric layers to help the ears stand up. Cut out ears, clip curves, and turn right side out. Run your hemostat clamps around the seams. Press if needed.
Baste stitch ears 1/8″ from bottom edge. Fold inner edge of ears over at indicated marking. Baste stitch again across the bottom to hold ears in folded position.
Attaching Parts to the Body
Stitch body pieces RIGHT sides together around U shape, leaving the openings for ears and arms.
Place the ears and arms in position. Make sure the insides of the ears are touching the body side with the face, and make sure the folded edges of ears are facing the center. Stitch ears and arms in place (I find that the ears stand up better if you don’t trim the seam allowance around the ears).
Position legs with the longer side of leg touching the outer seam on body. Stitch in place, taking care not to stitch beyond the width of the leg (otherwise your hole for turning will be narrow).
Hand baste the seam allowances of the opening on the bottom of the body. Clip corners.
Make sure you have your eye and nose positions marked on the right side of the fabric. At this point, you can make the eyes and nose, or you can wait until after stuffing. I like to wait until then end so I can needle sculpt the eyes.
There are a number of options for the eyes and nose:
- You can make them with felt and machine or hand-stitch them 1/8″ from edge, like I did in the Doodles the Deer tutorial.
- You can use a satin stitch for the nose and make embroidered knot eyes with embroidery floss or yarn (here’s a video tutorial on embroidering eyes with a French or colonial knot).
- You can use glass eyes (I prefer to use glass beads, which I have a tutorial for here.)
- You can use a plastic safety nose and eyes. Note that safety eyes/noses are not intended for small children, and I do not recommend using them with natural-fiber fabrics, like the organic fleece I used for this tutorial. (Safety eyes typically require a small amount of fusible stabilizer or Fray Check to prevent holes in stretch fabrics.)
Flip the body right side out. Run your hemostat clamps or chopstick along the inside seams. Stuff the body (I’m using carded, organic wool from humanely raised sheep, but you can use your stuffing of choice). Quigley can hold a lot of stuffing. Take extra care to stuff the corners of his bottom and the area around the opening.
Close with a ladder stitch (here’s a video tutorial on how to ladder stitch).
If you haven’t already, make the eyes and nose (and mouth, if desired). If you’d like to needle sculpt your eyes, here’s a video tutorial.
Making the Heart
With RIGHT sides together, stitch around heart, leaving indicated opening. trim seam allowance to 3/16″ and clip curves and corner. Turn, stuff, and close with ladder stitch.
Pin the heart to one arm and ladder stitch arm to paw. Repeat for other side. (Here’s a video on attaching small parts with a ladder stitch.)
You’re finished! I’d love to see your Quigley the Corgi! You can join my facebook group for people sewing with Fluffmonger patterns or share your photos on social media with #fluffmongerpatterns.
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Thinking about making this for my college aged daughter for Valentine’s Day. She loves Corgis!
I bet she would love it then! Hope you enjoy the pattern!
Thank you! This is amazing!
You’re so welcome, Tamara!
Where did you get your glass eyes from and what size are they? Your pattern is very cute.
Hi, Megan! The beads I use are 6mm. I get them from a bead shop about an hour away. Unfortunately, they do not have an online store. I am planning to start carrying them in my shop as add ons for the fabric kits. If you’re interested, I can add your email to my newsletter mailing list so you can get an update when I have them in my shop. You can also subscribe at the bottom of my blog page if you like.
This is just adorable!! I have a Corgi, same color and am looking forward to making this! Just found you and have already subscribed to your mailing list.
Thanks, Theresa! I hope you enjoy making a mini version of your corgi ;).
So adorable. Almost as cute as my corgi Maddie the Cannoli. Nice of you to share. Can’t wait to start it!!! ❤??
Thank you, Diane! I hope you enjoy the project!
For some reason, whenever I try to access the pattern it gives me an error
I’m sorry about that, Debi. It may be your browser. I can email you the PDF directly if you are unable to get it to open.
Please do…I have 2 corgis therefore I am obsessed….lol…and my granddaughter would LOVE this!!! Well, and I want one too! lol Thank you so much!
I’ve emailed you the PDF, Debi. Let me know if you don’t receive it.
Such a cute looking dog and thank you for sharing the pattern
Thank you, Sonja! And you’re very welcome :).
Thank you for the response. My main interest was to get the sizing of the eyes right. I am excited to get started on this project.
You’re welcome, Megan!
Wow! What a beautiful, adorable, generous post! I will make one to mail to my daughter at college and maybe another for a man down the street who has a corgi named Lucy!
Thank you, Sue! That’s so sweet of you to make one for your neighbor as well! I hope you enjoyt the pattern, and I’d love to see what you make!
I’m having difficulties printing this adorable Corgi pattern. My sister has a Corgi & 2 previous to Oliver! She sent me your post as a joke to make it for her. But I REALLY would love to surprise her by actually making it as a gift for her. Would you please send my the PDF directly to my email account? (My sewing skills are so much better than my computer skills)!! Thank you so Much
I’m so sorry you’re having issues with printing the pattern. I’ve received a few similar messages. I’m thinking it’s either the browser you’re using or perhaps an issue with your PDF reader. I’ll email it to you now! I hope you enjoy the pattern, and I’m sure your sister will love the surprise! Let me know if you don’t receive it.
I saw your tweet about animals and thought I will check your website. I like it!
I love pets. I have two beautiful thai cats called Tammy(female) and Yommo(male). Yommo is 1 year older than Tommy. He acts like a bigger brother for her. 🙂
I have even created an Instagram account for them ( https://www.instagram.com/tayo_home/ ) and probably soon they will have more followers than me (kinda funny).
I have subscribed to your newsletter. 🙂
Keep up the good work on your blog.
Thank you so much, Wiki! Your cats are adorable!! And thank you for subscribing to my newsletter!
Love these so much and currently share my home with two Corgis! I tried to print this but it didn’t turn out so well. : / I saw in previous posts you have shared the pattern in a pdf version. Is it possible for you to send me this version? Thanks!!
I’m so sorry you’re having trouble with printing the pattern, Kelli. The download from the link is a PDF, so it may be an issue with your printer software. Do you have any updates for your printer software or Adobe Reader? My printer often prints crazy lines when my printer software needs to be updated. I am still happy to email you the PDF as well, just in case.
I try to access the pattern it gives me an error; I have subscribed to your newsletter.;
I’m so sorry about that, Sandrine. Let me know if you’d like me to email you the PDF directly. Certain browsers seem to be giving some people issues with trying to download the pattern.
Thank you very much! I love it!
As we say here in Maine, this is so cunnin” 🙂 Thanks so very much for sharing such a sweet Valentine’s Day gift!
You’re so welcome, Karen! I hope you enjoy it!
Please tell me how to print the directions.
Hi, Robin! Were you able to see the pattern when you clicked on the sewing pattern link under “Printing the Pattern?” If you were, then you should be able to go to “file” at the top of your browser window, and select “print.” Make sure you print at 100% and do not scale the pattern. Let me know if that doesn’t work.
Thank you, thank you, thank you!! We lost our beloved Corgi 4 years ago this month but we are about to adopt another Corgi in March! These will be a great gift for the friend that we are getting the puppy from, as well as gifts for my 2 young daughters. 🙂
You’re so welcome, Stacie! I’m so sorry about the loss of your corgi. Pets are so very special. It’s wonderful that you’re bringing another one into your life soon! I hope you enjoy the pattern, and I’d love to see what you make if you want to share photos :).
I am also having issues with d/l the Corgi….so cute…love it…
Hi, Sonya! I apologize for that. I’ll email you the PDF directly. Let me know if you don’t receive it.
thank you so much for sharing this pattern. a dear friend of mine just said goodbye to their senior corgi. he is heartbroken. can’t wait to make this for him.
I’m so sorry for your firend’s loss. I’m sure he will love your stuffed corgi gift! That is so kind of you to make one for him.
Thank you for sharing such a sweet pattern.
You’re so welcome, Shelley!
Thanks so much! I love Corgis too…. bit of an obsession really. Can’t wait to sit down and make one for myself!! xo
You’re welcome, Janeen! I hope you enjoy the pattern!
Hello. I’m having the same problem trying to open the pattern. When I click on the link I get s blank page. Will you share via email to me also? firstname.lastname@example.org. thank you so much
So sorry you are experiencing the same issue. I’ll send the PDF your way!
Hello – this guy is So cute! But I can’t seem to access the pattern… I see you’ve sent it some others. Could you please email me a copy too? Thanks! I’d love to make him.
Hi, Donna! I’ve emailed the pattern to you.
Thank you so much! I love this pattern. I am so appreciative to find it. I have made 6 so far. 2 out of felt, 4 out of fleece. I really would like organic fleece. Or can I use wool felt? Can I dye wool felt? I am not thrilled with regular fleece, or felt, and would love to use a better quality fabric. I am going to keep making them until I feel I get it perfect-a long way off! I love your how to videos-they have helped me so much. I have two corgis-black and red-I posted some photos on instagram tagging fluff monger. I am sandyredfrank on instagram.
Thank you again from the bottom of my heart-I am so thankful for the pattern. I am going to send some to our corgi breeder and use them to send to fellow corgi owners when they lose their fur babies. Best regards-Sandy
Hi, Sandy! I’m so glad you like the pattern and are enthusiastic about using eco-friendly materials! I looked for your posts. Since your profile is private, I can’t see your photos. But thank you for tagging Fluffmonger :).
Wool felt can be dyed. Wool actually produces exceptionally vibrant colors compared to plant fibers, like cotton. I do not have experience with dyeing wool, though. So I can’t really give much advice.
That’s so sweet of you to make plush corgis for your friends who have lost their corgi. Pets are so so special, and I know your friends will be so glad to receive your thoughtful gifts.
What weight organic fleece do you use? I have seen 240-280 and 300. Thank you!
The fleece I use is actually measured in ounces, somewhere between 9 and 11 ounces is a good range. It’s so difficult to compare fabrics online because of the number of systems for measurement and the variation from batch to batch. I’ve been told by some fabric manufacturers that the weight has a pretty large window of variation. I use 300 gsm sherpa, but it is very fluffy. 300 gsm fleece is pretty dense. I have sewn with it, but it can be a challenge to sew over multiple seams where you have ears, arms, etc. I’d wear glasses or some sort of protective eyewear when sewing heavyweight natural fiber fabrics. It’s so easy to break a needle because it’s like hitting a brick when you get to those thick areas. If you have a chance, you might want to read my blog post on my kits because I go into detail on the fabrics I use. http://fluffmonger.net/2018/02/organic-sewing-kits/
The link to the Quigley pattern isn’t working for me. I am using Chrome. Please email the PDF.
Hi, Hilaria! I’ve emailed you the PDF.
Hi, Fluffmonger! I, too, am using Chrome and am having difficulty downloading the pattern. Our corgi cross was part Sheltie. He had the corgi legs and ears and the Sheltie snout! Quite a mix, but we sure loved our Mickey. Thank you if you could also e-mail me the pattern. My two year old grandbaby would love it!
Hi, Patti! Sorry for the issue with downloading the pattern. It sounds like your corgi was quite an adorable mix! I’ve emailed you the pattern. I hope you enjoy it, and I’d love to see what you make!
Can you be more specific about the organic cotton yarn for the nose? Is there a weight or thickness or brand?
Hi, Ellen! Organic cotton yarn is hard to come by. By the time I find a brand I like, the company usually goes out of business :(. The most recent yarn I used is a 65g sportweight yarn. It says the needle size is 3-5 (US), and the gauge is 5-6 stitches per inch. Hope that helps!
I am cutting my corgi out tonight and I just wanted to tell you that since both of my Corgi’s have one blue and one brown eye….I am going to also make the stuffed Corgi have the same eyes. When I finish, I will send you a picture!!!!!
I made 3 of these little corgi’s to give as Valentine’s gifts to 3 special lityle boys. I love making them. So much fun! ♡♡♡
I’m so glad you enjoyed making them, Patty! If you have pictures you’d like to share, feel free to post them in my Fluffmonger Patterns group on Facebook!
So cute! I loved. Thank you.
You’re so welcome, Tania! I’m glad you liked it!
Please e-mail the corgi pattern. I cannot access it from my browser. Thank you very much. I had a beloved corgi who had to leave us to go over the rainbow. I miss her very much, LadyBug was her name.
I’ve emailed you the pattern, Dee.
Soooo Cute! I have a friend who is a corgi nut and I know she’ll be so excited to receive. Also, just shared on Pinterest. Thank you much.
Thank you, Peggy! I hope your friend enjoys the corgi!
Why can’t I print out the pattern. I signed up and everything but I can’t print it. Please help.
Hi, Jeff. Are you having trouble downloading the pattern or printing the pattern? When you signed up, you should have received an email in your inbox with instructions on how to download the pattern. Let me know if you did not receive the pattern.
hi, I am trying to access the Corgi pattern, but I cant find my password and it is kind of urgent since it is for a 2-year anniversary gift
Hi, Carb! I’m sorry you’ve had difficulty accessing the pattern. If you signed up with your email address, an email with the link to the pattern library and the password should have been sent to you. It may have gone to your spam folder, or if you have “promotions” or “updates” folders, it may be in there. I will send you the information in an email as well to make sure you receive it.
Can you please email me the PDF? It won’t load on my computer. Thanks!
Hi Jenny. Quigley is adorable. Our readers will love your tutorial. Thanks for sharing. I’ve included it in our Top 10 Christmas Crafts inspiration roundup. https://craftylikegranny.com/christmas-craft-inspiration/ Hope you enjoy the holiday season 🙂 Jodie
Thank you so much, Jodie! The roundup is adorable! I really appreciate you including Quigley in it!
This is just too cute! Thank you for sharing the pattern. Love all your patterns!
Thanks, Lela! You’re welcome!
Your patterns are so adorable. I have a tricolor corgi. They are the best dogs. Thank you for this pattern. I’m gonna try to make it tricolor.
You’re so welcome, Amanda! A number of people have made tricolor corgis with the pattern :). Have fun!
I don’t know HOW but I’ll make a peruvian dog w/ this pattern, thnk you so much <3 i love all your patterns, are so cute (:
Aww, I bet it will be adorable! Thank you so much!
I’m in the UK and can only seem to find the polyester fleece with colours to suit a corgi. Would that be ok and the sewing instructions be the same or would adjustments need to be made.
Many thanks…I think that’s Christmas sorted.❤️
Hi, Julie! Yes, polyester fleece will work just fine. Glad you have your Christmas crafting planned out!
I’ve had Quigley saved for years. Finally getting around to making him now that we’re in quarantine!
I hope you enjoy making Quigley!
I was looking for a simple pattern to make for a cute gift for a good friend that loves corgis! i appreciate this so much, thank you for making something so cute and simple!
I’m so desperate to make darling Quigley for my daughter, but I can’t seem to access the pattern. I’ve joined the mailing list, but haven’t received a link. I hope you can help me! This is a wonderful pattern! Thank you for offering it.
Sorry for the late reply. It is likely an issue with your internet browser. Subscription isn’t required to get the patterns, but the page presents itself differently on certain browsers for some reason. Here is the link to go directly to the library: http://fluffmonger.net/fluffmonger-free-pattern-library/
Thanks for sharing these awesome patterns and tutorial!!!! <3
You’re so welcome!
Hello! I am working on a mini and have had a lot of trouble. I finally figured out the head after a while but the butt is confounding me. Do you have a better way or a video to explain how to do it? Thanks so much!
Thank you so much for this pattern! I am making this for my 5 year old cousin and I am super excited to show her it when I visit her! I am not a very good sewer (not the underground tunnel), but for me this was a great start to me going back to sewing. I had a little trouble, but overall this was an amazing tutorial!
P.S. I didn’t follow the directions so that is probably why I had trouble.😁
I’m so glad you enjoyed it!