Dogs like Fashion too. OK, well maybe just the warmth of Fashion.

If you live in the North of the USA and have dogs (or cats for that matter ) that need to go outside on a blustery cold day you might need to think of ways to provide warmth for them inside and out.

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Tessie modeling her custom made sweater.

Number one option look online or in a pet store for a ready made sweater ,coat or bed. Or if you are handy with sewing, crocheting, knitting, maybe you want to try your hand at making something for your special canine or feline friend.  Several years ago I was presented with the need to make a sweater for a friend’s adopted greyhound. I was delighted with the opportunity, but not quite sure where to start. After researching patterns I ended up making my own. The picture of Tessie in the sweater I made for her is above.

Here are some places to start your search for free patterns:

I hope this gives you some inspiration. And if not, there is always Amazon or Pet Stores.  Have an enjoyable warm evening.

Re-purposing Old Wool Sweaters

As recently as two days ago I inherited some older “felted” sweaters from my sister. I just love wool, for knitting, as a fabric, and for felting.

I set about thinking about what to do with these treasures. After searching , I found several ideas to turn these beloved old sweaters into a felted wool purse, thus giving them new life or “repurposing” them.

I would like to share with you ,the blogs with tutorials that I found, in case you would like to try this yourself.

makeitandloveit1. “Make It and Love It.comPosted by ASHLEY, 9 NOV. 2010
“Fall is the time that I start looking through the piles of old sweaters. Do you have a big stash like I do? Even if they are outdated, stretched out, shrunk in the wash, etc.? It’s time to give those old sweaters a new life. And turn them into something new……”
To read the rest of the article please CLICK on this LINK, or the one to the right of the picture.
2. Upcycled Purse From A upcycledpurseRuined (shrunken/felted) Sweater by MaryT8M in sewing on instructables.com website. Mary in Sewing says, ” I’ve discovered the thrill of making something WONDERFUL from a mistake! I washed a sweater a while back that I could have sworn said it was machine washable only to find out it was dry clean only. Before I tossed it in the Goodwill bag, I checked the Internet and found several ideas for turning felted/fulled (shrunken) wool sweaters into other items…..”

To read the rest of the article and see tutorial, please CLICK on this LINK, or the one to the right of the picture.

Last but not least, a GREAT printable tutorial.

3. FELTED PURSE INSTRUCTION SHEET from the website JANES SEW AND SO FOUND AT http://janessewandso.com 

It really is very handy to be able to print out the instructions to follow them more easily. I prefer to do this. Here is an excerpt from the tutorial:

Janes Sew and So says “Sew, what’s up? My daughter Chanel and her friend Camille were shopping for cute purses on the Internet, but they couldn’t find any that didn’t cost over a hundred dollars! I showed them how to make their own, one-a-kind purses out of wool thrift shop sweaters for fewer than five dollars. …..”
To read the rest of the article or to print it out please CLICK on this LINK !

WELL THAT WRAPS UP MY THURSDAY MORNING POST ON FINDING WAYS TO RECYCLE, RE-PURPOSE, REUSE WHAT WE HAVE AROUND US INSTEAD OF THROWING IT INTO THE LANDFILL. HAVE AN AWESOME WEEK FRIENDS! PLEASE THINK GREEN.

Home Sewing is Once Again Gaining Popularity, Thanks to Social Media

Home sewing was so popular in the 1950’s and 1960’s that high school offered courses in Home Making which taught you ,aside from cooking, sewing skills.

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Some points to ponder:

  •  Let’s face it, even today there are a lot of SINGLE people out there, and sewing, at least repairs is one skill most of us, even men, can use.
  •  Mom will not always be around to sew your buttons back on, or mend that tear in your favorite pair of jeans that you wear around the house.
  •  It is also very satisfactory to be able to make something exactly as you want it to be, not having to accept something other than perfect off a rack in a store.
  • Working with one’s hands can be very satisfying.
The News and Observer, an online newspaper has a great article written and published Sept. 30, 2016, By Debbe Geiger.
Here is a link to their article: Social Media Makes Home Sewing Cool Againby Debbe Geiger, Correspondant,well worth reading:

This summer is a wrap! The kind of wrap you can use in the shower.

Shower wrap by Kathryn Goodman 

Shower Wrap Project by Kathryn Goodman

sr_shower-wrap-projectHot summer temps mean more cool showers. And who says you can’t look fashionable right out of the bath? This adorable towel is designed to securely wrap up and stay up with the help of Velcro®, so you’re hands-and-worry free. Perfect for visiting the spa, after a shower or just lounging around doing your nails.

Follow the link ” adorable towel” above to see the video on how to make the shower wrap.

Find your next sewing project on the
Sewing Republic. They are fast and easy . . . and practical too. Sign up for the Sewing Republic newsletter to stay in touch with what’s new.

If you have problems going to  Sewing Republic’s website to get this file for download here is direct link to the Shower Wrap pattern file in Adobe PDF format…….http://www.sewingrepublic.com/projectPdf/ShowerWrap.pdf    Enjoy this project and have fun with it. Please check out the other wonderful free projects available at Bernina’s website and Sewing Republic’s website.
Source is Bernina E-Newsletter of August 13, 2010. The Sewing Republic -Projects Ideas

Window Shopping on a HOT Day!!

I don’t know about you, but on some really steamy days when it is actually cooler in Florida than here in the Northeast, I like to spend the hottest part of the day in the air conditioned office just browsing the web.

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This is how I find some terrific websites that sell:

  • FabricConnecting Threads, Fabric Attic Store on Ebay (I’ve purchased several fabrics from this lady-excellent service, fast shipping, reasonable prices!!)
  • Burkholder’s Fabrics (purchase here frequently!)
  • Quilting kitsSun Valley Quilts -quilt patterns and kits as well as fabric, beautiful assortment.
  • Yarn- Chain stores –Michael’s, AC Moore, but also on a local level you can usually find beautiful natural, unique yarns such as Alpaca at a local yarn shop, (you will also be helping the local economy).
  • Books on quilting, sewing, crafting, etc. You can usually find these at any of the above listed stores or on Amazon.com at a reduced price, perhaps even by” going green “at yard sales.
  • Patterns for sewing, quilting, other crafts- most fabric stores carry these, but you can also look at specialty online stores, one of my favorites for purse patterns is Jackie’s Desighns (I have purchased some very unique purse patterns from this designer, excellent service and fast shipping!)
  • Plenty of  other craft items also , just use Google or Yahoo to search for your particular interest, and have fun browsing!

All this sets my imagination to working as to what project I would enjoy doing next. I also like to follow their blogs or join the newsletter list. This way I can keep up with their sales without any effort. Well enjoy the hot weather, the snow will fly soon enough! Till next time, have a good day!

Sewing With Kids

Sewing with Kids. 2July2010. Clothilde.com-Sewing Savvy Newsletter.
Just a note before the newsletter: Clothilde.com has a wide assortment of items for those interested in sewing and quilting. I signed up for their newsletter which normally has some very inspirational ideas.
Sewing With Kids
Kids may show an interest in sewing, but the sharp needles and fast pace of your sewing machine may intimidate them. It’s pretty easy to start them out with some string and plastic mesh canvas to get the hang of hand sewing. After that, it won’t take long to move them on to needles and scrap fabric, or to replacing missing buttons on their favorite shirts. When teaching kids to use sewing machines, it helps if you have a machine that has multiple speed settings. Pressure pedals will work too; however, just make sure kids can safely reach the pedals and set a nonskid pad beneath the foot pedal. Start slowly and pick a very basic pattern, or just teach kids to sew straight or zigzag stitches in lines on scrap fabric until they are comfortable. As long as kids remember to keep their little fingers away from the needle, they should gain confidence and learn to enjoy sewing on a machine.

Kids are naturally curious and love to learn new things, but they also have very short attention spans. Therefore, it is important to come up with quick and easy projects that they can complete in a short period of time with minimal assistance. Once they see the finished product, they will be excited about more challenging projects.

To get kids excited about sewing, you could take them to the fabric store and let them pick out their own fabrics. Fat quarters are cheap and small enough for kids to work with easily. They will love the bright array of colors and patterns to choose from. Giving kids their own sewing scissors and pincushion also makes them feel like their projects are their own.
Ideas for Kid-Friendly Sewing Projects

    • Pillowcases
    • Simple blankets for charities:  Project Linus Donate homemade blankets you and your kids make to this great charity that gives blankets to hospitals and shelters.
    • Shorts
    • Scarves or bandannas for pets
    • Reusable shopping bags

Source:
http://www.clotilde.com/sewing_savvy.php?mode=article&article_id=1007&source=SEWNL