but when trimming a piece of ikea fleece to protect the dog’s new favourite snooze seat, the wavy edge made a simple rectangle just that bit smarter – and it cut the fleece like butter and better than with scissors
Inspired by pinterest, I drew a bone shaped paper template and then cut matching pieces of old jeans leg with the seams at artistic(!) angles on each side then free motion embroidered the name before seaming, turning and stuffing. (Stuffed with trimmings from an ongoing sewing project)
The weak point might be my hand sewn closing of the seam but let’s see.
A bonio bonus as we now have a dog and have many friends with dogs that we want to include in Christmas fun.
I cut the hoop form from cardboard packaging using a dinner plate as a guide for the outside and a side plate for the inside of the ring then wrapped long strips of fabric round and round to cover the cardboard.
I then took bias binding, (this one is of the same as the base fabric) and left a long tail before wrapping the rawhide bones firmly in place around the wreath. Once all the way back to the beginning of the circle, I tied a knot with the beginning tail and then made a hanging loop with the spare length of binding.
later versions use more colourful tape on hessian backing and different types of treats are bound in but all were made without glue, string or embellishments just in case the dogs get unsupervised access to the wreath.
As doggy outgrew his favourite bed and declined to use the giant pillow we bought him, I decided to make a new one out of what we had around. A faded Indian cotton throw, a large IKEA pillow pad and old duvet (world is mad when it is cheaper to buy a new one than get it drycleaned) filling.
Method:make a ‘pillow case’ for the base pillow. make four smaller pillow cases, one for each side of the base leaving half of a narrow end open for stuffing. sew one long seam of each of the four smaller pillows to the base case. stuff as firmly as you can and insert the base pillow in. hand sew the opening of the pillows closed and then hand sew the short ends of the smaller pillows together . This pulls the four sides up and together around the base.
Success – he loves it! So much that another one made with the same set of materials.
the most expensive dog coat turns out to be the easiest pattern to copy, just traced.
to fit Harvey this is 12.5 inches wide, 11.5 inches back to neck, 17 inches back to end of each tab
Method: use pattern to cut two fabric shapes and a 23 inch long four inch wide strip. Quilt wadding to the reverse of one shape then sew shapes wrong side together, leaving a gap to turn. Top stitch the edge, this also seals the turning gap. Iron the strip in half then turn in each edge to make a four ply strip . Top stitch along each edge and fix as on pattern.
once checked on doggie for fit, affix Velcro tabs on neck and on strip. Now just waiting for the reflective tape to arrive, so his night time walks are warm and safe.