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Unleash Your Creativity with Tartan: Scottie Dog Template for DIY Ornaments and Garlands

Are you looking for a charming DIY project? Use our Scottie dog template to craft stunning tartan Scottie dog ornaments and garlands. Perfect for any home!

I have been digging deep into my fabric scraps lately. Recently I made some tabletop tartan trees; now, I’ve added a tartan Scottie dog ornament to my decorations.

In case you didn’t know, Scottie dogs are Scottish Terriers, sometimes called Aberdeen Terriers.  They are a small breed of dog with a distinctive shape and have had many starring roles, such as a playing piece on the Monopoly board.

Along with thistles, whisky, tartan, and bagpipes, Scottie dogs are among Scottish culture’s many symbols and icons. They often appear on Scottish Shortbread and tartan tins, a welcome Christmas gift in our house. So it seemed apt to use my tartan scraps to make Scottie dog ornaments.

The Scotty Dog Craft

The Scottie dog ornaments were originally made as a Christmas sewing project, but they will live longer than that in my house. As my mother is Scottish, I was bought up celebrating many Scottish traditions.

The Scotty dog garland will be up from St Andrews Day (30th November) right through Hogmanay (New Year’s) to Burns Night (25th January). Last year, I made rainbow thistles as a Burns night decoration. The Scottie dog garland can join them on the mantle.

Coming from a family of dog lovers, any doggy-related Christmas decoration always goes down well with everyone. I will make a few of these for all the family’s Christmas trees.

I made these little Scottie dog ornaments out of tartan fabric scraps, but they would look just as good made from an old plaid or checked shirt. The decorations were sewn using a machine; they are so small they can easily be stitched by hand.

Tartan Scraps

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What You Need

The Scottie Dog Template

Scottie Dog template

How To Make A Scottie Dog Ornament

Step 1: Pin two pieces of the same tartan fabric together. Then place the Scottie dog template on the material and draw around it with a white chalk pencil.

drawing around scottie dog template

Step 2. Next, cut out the two identical Scottie dog shapes.

cut out dog shapes

Step 3: Pin the two dog shapes wrong sides together and sew around the edge. Sew about 3-5mm from the edge of the fabric and leave the belly open for stuffing. If you have one, the stitching can be done by hand or a sewing machine.

sewing the tartan on a machine

Step 4: Next, stuff the dog with fiberfill and sew up the hole in the belly. A stick such as a chopstick will help ensure that the stuffing reaches the tip of the ears and tail of the dog.

stuffing the tartan scottie dog ornament

Step 5: Tartan is a woven fabric and will fray. The fraying of the material will add to the shabby terrier look of the Scottie dog ornament.

However, you don’t want the fabric to fray so much that it starts falling apart. To stop this from happening, dab tiny amounts of glue around the edge of the material. I spaced my glue dabs a couple of centimetres apart.

Dabbing glue to stop fraying

Step 6: Make a collar for the tartan dog by stitching the red ribbon to its neck and adding a craft bell for a festive feel. Then use the small buttons to sew on as eyes.

Ribbon and small buttons
Sewing on the eyes
Tartan Scottie dog ornament

Finally, all that’s left is to sew another ribbon loop to hang the Scottie dog ornament on the tree. I made quite a few of these Scottie dogs, so I ended up sewing mine to a long piece of red ribbon and hanging them as a garland.

All the tartan Scottie dogs
Scottie dog garland
Tartan Scottie dog garland

Other Tartan Crafts

If you have more tartan fabric scraps, you can use them to make colourful tartan feathers, which look great as a wall hanging. For larger pieces of tartan, how about some Gucci-Inspired tiger pillows? Check out these other tartan craft ideas.

I have made a denim flower bouquet before, but I think flowers made from tartan scraps would look fabulous too.

There are a couple more crafts on Pillarboxblue that would appeal to dog lovers, the upcycled denim dog toys and the personalized dog Christmas stocking.

Scottie dog garland

You will probably like the denim Dala horses if you like these tartan Scottie dog ornaments. There are many more cool ideas to make with fabric scraps here.

Laurie at Laurie's Place

Friday 18th of December 2020

Hi Claire,

Your scottie doggies are very cute. I've always had a soft spot for that kind of dog and have thought that they made a cute applique/embroidered design on clothes...especially on little girl's sweatshirts or around the hem of a dress, skirt or jumper. I'm pretty sure I recently saw a quilt pattern using the scottie dog motif in each block. The doggies in the quilt had sweaters of different colors. The doggies themselves were black. I thought it was a darling quilt and is one that's on my list to make someday. The tartan scraps would make great sweaters for the doggies on a quilt. I'll have to remember that. Thanks for sharing your doggies. They're a darling!

Claire Armstrong

Saturday 19th of December 2020

Thank you, Laurie. I like the idea of tartan Scotties on a quilt, I hope you get around to making it. Merry Christmas 🎄


Monday 14th of December 2020

Adorable, these scotties are so cute!

Claire Armstrong

Tuesday 15th of December 2020

Yes, they are, thank you.


Monday 14th of December 2020

That is so cute! I love finding new ways to use leftover scraps.

Claire Armstrong

Monday 14th of December 2020

Thank you, scraps are my favourite thing to craft with. I'm always on the hunt for new ideas.

Michelle Leslie

Sunday 13th of December 2020

Aaawwwwwwwwwwww, Scotties are my Mom's favorite breed of dog. We have four growing up. Maggie (she loved her beer), Jock, Geenie (our first introduction to Scotties), and Whiskey. I have to show her your ornaments. She's going to do her nut :D

Claire Armstrong

Monday 14th of December 2020

Thank you, love the Scottish names your dogs had, very appropriate. If you had a fifth I think you should have called it haggis!