Dog carrier detachable blanket

The weather is getting colder but we’d still like to bring our little furry one out to festivals and events. A carrier is handy if she gets tired, is at risk of being stepped on in a crowd, or just wants to be carried for a better view of what people are eating. Since her…

Tutorial: Sewing machine dust cover

Who knew making a dust cover for this machine could be pretty easy? I needed 2.5 hours, a sewing machine, a serger, long ruler, scissors, mat, roller cutter, fabric, white board and erasable marker. First, measure the width, height, and length of the machine. Add at least an inch allowance. I used the edge of…

Plaid and lace doggy dress

The same paper pattern can be implemented in many ways. Here’s another dress for Coco using the same pattern as the animal print dress. My little model told me to shorten the front of the skirt so she won’t step on it. Here are the before-snip pics.

Doggy muumuu

Why a muumuu? It’s looser, made of a really thin and cool material, and the print reminds me of muumuus. Same pattern as the animal print doggy dress but longer and looser.

Animal print doggy dress

This is a quilting square from Walmart. Coco’s a small dog so this was just enough for an outfit. Her outfits are usually made with knits of some sort. Trying a non stretch woven with this dress. Here’s Coco modeling her new dress πŸ™‚

Gift of fabric

I’m really lucky to have been gifted fabric from a seasoned sewer’s stash as the family downsizes for a move. I’ve got piles for pants, tops, muslin, lining, scarves, a curtain, and crafts. The only one that I’m not quite sure of is the floral print (front row, middle). It has little bumps all over…

Drawing up a sleeve pattern

I’ve used sleeve patterns before but have never drafted one with my specific measurements. Threads Magazinehas great instructions and illustrations. I saved the thin paper that is used to wrap handbags from when I last helped a friend purchase some. These are really useful Cut and it’s time to test! So, after testing it, I…

Tutorial: Hershey’s Kiss Halloween costume

With Halloween round the corner, you’ve probably been receiving several dress-up party invites over the weekend. If you’re in to sweet treats and would like to give out Hersheys while dressed as a Hershey chocolate kiss, this is the tutorial for you. We took four hours to complete this but that time included staring at…

Square cape with collar and button

Summer has passed and Fall is upon us. It’s time to prep cold weather clothing to survive Winter. To make a cape like this, I started out with a square. Fold it into quarters and then cut away the corner without edges. 2″ radius would ensure a snug neckline for me. Next, cut out two…

Stripey dress

Tweaked a shift dress pattern by using just the bodice part and giving it a waistband and a circle skirt. Added strips to the sides that are long enough to tie into a bow at the back. Is this a fun dress, work dress, or party dress? Hmmm..

Doggy bandanasΒ 

I started a new job and haven’t had much time to sew and blog. However, i did manage to make a few bandanas for a friend’s fundraiser. Here’s Coco modeling the bandanas. πŸ™‚

Donating Dog Bandanas

When we adopted Coco in 2013, the humane society gave us a pink coat, pink collar, and a toy. To give back this Christmas, I’m making something for the humane aociety.  This is a 2 week fabric busting project to make at least one bandana a day. The bandanas made all the way up to…

Painting: Summer days

Here’s a painting of a dog named Trixie. This will be donated to Lucky 13 Rescue (http://www.lucky13rescue.org) for an upcoming online auction to support their dog rescue efforts. They have rescued chickens and geese as well. Check out their website for amazing dog rescue stories and maybe find your furever friend. πŸ™‚ 

Craft: Hot glue snowflake

Make your own xmas snowflakes to decorate the tree/house. Very easy. You just need: Parchment paper (wax paper does not work) Hot glue gun Glue sticks Marker/pen. Something that writes well on  parchment paper. Acrylic paint or nail polish  Glitter glaze/glue Brushes  https://youtu.be/sdSKnIVP8Lo Make it a crafting evening with friends or some crafty “me” time. 

Painting: Hope

Painting while listening to CNN discuss election projections makes for an interesting  mood to paint in. I started with a pencil then acrylic paint to fill in the colors. Here are process pics. The final piece:

Painting: Mewwy Christmas

It is November and time to start making xmas gifts. The hub’s boss loves her cats so I found a photo of one of them and painted it.  Here are some process pics over two days. This is the first time I’m painting a cat so it was quite exciting to see it taking shape.…

Painting: Xmas wreath

I don’t have a lot of storage options so an actual wreath is not something I’d get. In its place, is this flat xmas wreath that will be easy to store after the holiday. Used my new satin acrylic paint with regular acrylic paint. Here are process photos. This was created over two evenings of…

New satin acrylic paint

Went to Michaels to get some rivets for the finishing touches of a Halloween costume and saw this set of acrylic paints. All of this for $9.99! My paintings will have more than blue, red, and purple now. πŸ˜† Even got a coupon for 50% off 1 regular item.

Tutorial: Brush bag

My brushes have been living in the original plastic bag they came in for a while now. πŸ˜… They do deserve better.  It’s been halloween costume making craziness this entire weekend and we finally see the light. Pics soon! There’s leftover material that would do nicely for my brushes. It’s really simple. Cut out one…

Tutorial: Easy cowl / turtle neck knit dress

Remember my birthday dress? Here’s how it was constructed, without the pintucks. The pintucks are optional. Finish the collar last if you decide to add pintucks. Here is a dress without pintucks. The pintucks are useful for shaping the dress – fitting around the bust and loose from waist down, tighter on the back… Please…

Tutorial: Easy dog bandana

My friend, M, purchased four different fabrics to make bandanas for her corgi. This is the second fabric that is shown in the photos. First, measure how wide and long you want the final bandana to be. M’s corgi needs a bandana about 11.5″ wide and 7″ long. Of that 7″, 2″ is a tube…

Dog bandanas and bows with matching accessories for humans

A friend, M, has a cute corgi and has recently started dressing her up. M bought some fabric and asked me to create bandanas and bows for her. She provided a sample which i used as reference material. I made some bandanas, bows, head bands, and hair ties. There is more fabric with different prints…

Faux croc bag for $5

Coco’s night fury costume is complete and there’s still some of the faux croc material left. I cut out rectangles from the odd shaped edges to create tissue holders. These go to a boy scout’s fundraiser this weekend. Hope whoever buys it, likes it! They are easy to make, especially with a material that doesn’t…

Tissue holders

There’s still quite a bit of material leftover from Coco’s night fury costume project. So I made a few tissue holders that would fit in a purse. It’s a rectangle with dimensions 5.5″ by 6.5″. Fold the two ends of the long edge inwards till they meet in the middle. Overlap the edges a little.…

Coco’s night fury costume

This year, Coco’s going to be Toothless, the night fury, for Halloween. This is the process of making her costume. Why so early? We need to get her used to it… First, off to Walmart for some fabric. Found something that looks scaly, is waterproof, and doesn’t fray. $10/yard. I bought a yard and there’s…