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.
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:
Hawthorne Threads is an online fabric shop run in Upstate NY by a husband and wife team, Charlie and Lindsay. #hawthornethreads
They have the greatest selection of beautiful fabrics in cotton or whatever you are into.
I received word of this giveaway in their weekly Newsletter:
“Hawthorne Threads on Instagram Hi Folks! We’ve hit a fun milestone over on Instagram! We’re so grateful for all of your support in following along with our sewing adventures, and sharing in our excitement for making beautiful things. As a thank you, we are giving away 10 yards of fabric – see our recent IG post for details on how to enter and win!” TO ENTER CONTEST PLEASE CLICK THIS LINK
Hot 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
I often go to the manufacturer’s website directly to look for yarns, sometimes they introduce new, and other times they just might have a good clearance going on. Bernat, Red Heart, Lion Brand just to name a few. I also sign up for the newsletters by email since you get a heads up on new yarns being introduced , as well as access to free patterns.
Here is an interesting new yarn that Bernat is introducing… I just love the luscious colors and love working with bright, vibrant self striping colors.
We have a special treat for you today. Introducing Bernat® Mosaic, your new favorite yarn. First – be stunned by the richness of the colors; Second– be inspired by the inventive color combinations; Third – be amazed as the long stripes appear between your fingers; and Finally, enjoy knowing that caring for the finished product is as easy as can be.
Bernat® Mosaic is a worsted-weight yarn, perfect for afghans, garments, and accessories. The color shifts look great in simple stockinette, with textured details, as crochet motifs, and anything else you can come up with. Bright, dark, subtle, bold – jump into your favorite color scheme and go where the yarn takes you. Even beginners can create their own work of art with Bernat® Mosaic.
If you are interested in learning to knit, just learning to knit, or an experienced knitter, who can turn down a great offer like this??
Here you can download a FREE e-book, which you can store on your computer hard drive, or print out so you have a copy in your hand.
Knitting excites us. It puts us at ease. Knitting allows us to express our creativity and construct beauty. Knitting challenges us. No matter what drives you to pick up your knitting needles, no matter what your skill level, this free download is a must-have guide that all knitters will appreciate and enjoy. Keep a copy in your project bag so you can always have a quick reference for casting on, cable knitting, stitches for embellishing or fixing errant colors, knitting finishing techniques, and more! Now expert knitting tips will always be within reach once you download your free copy of Knitting Techniques for More Successful Knitting—Help for all Knitters.
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
Simple blankets for charities: Project LinusDonate homemade blankets you and your kids make to this great charity that gives blankets to hospitals and shelters.