How to Piece a Puppy Pocket and Put It on a Purse

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This adorable puppy block shows the world where your heart is, and it’s a great “starter” piecing project.
I found the design, originally planned for a quilt, in a vintage magazine.
I drew my own version of the asymmetrical block, starting with 1-1/2-inch squares.
This adorable puppy block shows the world where your heart is, and it’s a great “starter” piecing project.

This adorable puppy block shows the world where your heart is, and it’s a great “starter” piecing project.

Photo: Mary Ray

I didn’t design this cute puppy block—I found the idea in an old McCall’s Needlework & Crafts magazine from 1969—but I think it’s perfect for Puppy Love Month at CraftStylish.com. It’s also a great vehicle for learning to break down a block so you can sew the pieces together easily and efficiently. I made one block and used it as the detail on my tote bag/purse. You can find the pattern for the bag, by the way, in an article I wrote for Threads magazine (issue #137, June–July 2008).

This irregular block is made up of 20 squares and some of them are divided into two triangles. However, when you break it down, you get a combination of large and small triangles, squares, rectangles, and a rectangle-with-an-asymmetrical-point (if this shape has a name, my geometry memory has forgotten what it is). Now, instead of two basic small shapes, there are six that are easier to cut out and easier to piece back together. Of course, there’s more than one way to pet a puppy and probably more than one way to break down any block. But I always like to find the way that allows for the largest patches and the most direct way of seaming.

The pattern is fun by itself, or multiply it to make a sweet baby quilt. Or use the idea to make an original block that honors your favorite pet.

Here's how I put my block together:


I found the design, originally planned for a quilt, in a vintage magazine.


I drew my own version of the asymmetrical block, starting with 1-1/2-inch squares.


I determined how I could most efficiently sew the block by dividing it into squares, triangles, rectangles, and a shape that’s a combination rectangle/triangle. I numbered each shape.


I made a template for each shape, adding a 1/4-inch seam allowance, from posterboard.


I cut the necessary pieces from the fabric and laid them out to determine the best sequence of sewing.


First, I sewed together pairs.


Next, I created more units.


Finally, I had three easy-to-sew-together units to complete the block.


Ed, one of my cats, looks on and questions why anyone would want to reproduce the image of a canine.

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FashionSweetie13 writes: this is adorably i want to make it so bad !
Posted: 10:27 pm on February 7th
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