DIY Pet Crate Bed


New craft project that just so happens to be perfect for Craft for Shelters!  We always ask our local shelters what they need the most and one item that always comes up is beds.  We're happy to say this year we are going to make that happen!  This bed in particular was made from an old flannel pillow cover and a strip of quilt batting.  So simple!

Read on to see how easy this is to make.  It does require a sewing machine, but is easy enough for any beginning sewer to make.

What you'll need:
Soft Fabric
Quilt Batting
Sewing Machine and Thread
Fabric Chalk
Ruler
Cutting mat and rotary cutter
Iron and Ironing Board


INSTRUCTIONS:

The most important step is to call your shelter and find out what size the majority of their crates are.  For example, this crate shown measures 21"X12" inside.




If you are a beginner sewer, you might be asking why you have to stitch a smaller rectangle in the center of the bed.  It's to help keep the quilt batting in tact.  You don't want to skip this step, trust me!


And you are literally finished!  You can see the smaller rectangle stitching in the below photo.  Also, notice how I topstitched around all 4 sides.  You only have to topstitch the side that was open, but your bed will have a more finished look if all 4 sides are cohesive.



I hope you join us for National Craft for your Local Shelters Day and make some beds for your local animals in need!



XOXOXOXOXO,
Erika and Sebastian

DIY "Adopt Me" Leash Accessory



Craft for Shelters is just around the corner so Sebastian and I have been busy organizing our local event!  We wanted to add new items this year for our volunteers to make and this is one of them.  The "Adopt Me" leash accessory is an easy no-sew project that slips over the dog's leash.  The bandanas we've made in the past are great and have always been a huge hit, but finding enough volunteers who know how to sew always seems to be a challenge!


Check out how easy these "Adopt Me" signs are to make!

INSTRUCTIONS:

What you'll need - Sturdy fabric (I used recycled denim from old jeans)
- Letter Stencils or Fabric Chalk
- Tulip Slick Paints in bright colors
- Black Fabric markers or Black Sharpies
- Fabric Glue (Aleene's new Quick Dry Fabric Fusion worked great for this!)
- Iron and Ironing board


Sebastian is modeling the small sign we made.  Luckily for me, he loves everything momma makes!


1. Cut out a 9"X6" rectangle for small sign or an 18"X6.5" for large sign.  You can also change this size based on the size of the stencils you are using.
2. Iron the piece in half lengthwise to create the middle crease and open back up.  Then iron all 4 sides inward half an inch to hide all the raw edges.
3. Glue all 4 seams in place. (Picture 4 shows how it should look when finished with these steps)


5.  Use chalk to place your letters - this will help prevent mistakes!  Notice how that middle crease you made in the beginning helps with the placement of the letters on both sides.
6. Trace the letters with fabric paint.  I made my letters extra thick with two lines of paint.
7.  Pick a table to set all of these pieces down to dry.


I made the stenciled sign 18" long only because I measured my stencil at 17" long when I taped the letters together.  Ended up working out perfectly and I'm diggin' the size for the large dogs.


8. Once the paint is completely dry, glue the two long sides together at the seams.  The middle crease will help everything line up.
9. Let the glue dry completely before testing out your new leash accessory.


I hope you guys like it!

XOXOXO,
Erika and Sebastian

DIY Patriotic Dog Crown


Look no further than the dollar aisle at Joann's craft store!  These crowns were pre-cut as children's visors and tweaked just a tad into the masterpieces you see above!

If you look closely, you can tell Sebastian's crown is a little wider than Winston's.  You can control the size of this crown for any sized dog.



Add some patriotic bandanas and you're ready!


Dont forget to check out our past Patriotic DIY's, like our star spangled cuffs!



XOXOXOXO,
Erika and Sebastian

Easy DIY Dog Step


Despite his young and athletic build, Winston has never been able to jump onto the bed.  I've been thinking long and hard about this dilemma because I knew I did not want a bulky staircase in my already small bedroom.

This dog step is nothing but a wood slab tucked between two mattresses with carpet scraps covering the portion sticking out.  My floor is still open and Winston will no longer be waking me up in the middle of the night crying because he jumped down and wants back up.  Hallelujah to that!


INSTRUCTIONS:

You'll need a sturdy slab of wood at least 3/4" thick, some carpet scraps, a drill with 3/4" screws, and a box cutter.

My wood slab is 30" long by 10" wide.  I decided on 12" of wood sticking out for the step after I did a test fit (shown in above pic).  I'm not so sure I'd make this step for a dog more than 12 pounds.  But for my dogs, it's very sturdy and is working out great!

I made my carpet scraps big enough to cover all areas of wood that will be exposed, mainly for safety reasons.  You could also use foam or layers of towels or anything thick enough that will get rid of the sharp corners and risk of splinters from the wood.


That's it!  No magic wand or skills needed for this project!



What do you think?  Probably not the prettiest thing we've ever made, but dog steps and staircases always look out of place if you ask us!

xoxoxoxo,
Erika and Sebastian

How to Take a Dog Selfie


Taking a selfie with your dog is soooo easy.  Just hold your dog's hand up high at an angle that feels "natural" for selfie-taking.  Make sure you are pointing the camera in line with his arm using your free hand (and a treat).


After you've snapped a few photos, crop the photos just enough to hide any sight of human fingers.


You'll be a pro in no time!  We like to use the "square" crop so that it's perfect for our instagram.  


If you try a dog selfie, be sure to tag us @sewdoggystyle so we can see!


XOXOXOXO,
Erika and Sebastian

Friday Finds: DIY Bunny Ears

Yay, it's time to get our bunny ears out!  Sebastian and I have made a few over the years and these baby blue polka dot bunny ears are still our favorite.  Find your favorite below and click on the links to find the instructions.














If you have a link to some cute DIY bunny ears, please share in the comments!

Happy Easter!



XOXOXOXO,
Erika and Sebastian

DIY Recycled Pet Planter from a Soda Bottle


What You'll Need:
One 2 liter soda bottle, Craft knife or box cutter, sandpaper, black pen, white and black paint, paintbrush, and a plant.


INSTRUCTIONS:



The cutest little planter ever.


Check out this cute little kitty cat planter we got our inspiration from!



xoxoxoxoxo,
Erika and Sebastian

DIY Stencil Dog Bed


Sebastian and I were thrilled to receive these new Peel & Stick Mod Podge Stencils from our friend Amy Anderson. This particular one is still just as sticky after having finished the entire bed so we'll be using it lots more around the house.  Yes!


INSTRUCTIONS:
What you'll need: One dog bed, Mod Podge Stencil, fabric paint, spouncer.

This stencil will work on most dog beds and flat-surfaced fabrics.  We removed the tag and positioned the stencil right over it.  Use fabric paint and a spouncer to get this look.  Work your way around entire bed by lining up the stencil with the pattern as you go.


These stencils are sold at Michael's Stores.  Look at Sebastian thinking about getting his paws on the entire collection.  Ha!



XOXOXOXOXO,
Erika and Sebastian

DIY Paw Print - Heart Edition


Love is in the air!  This cute little wine bottle is the sweetest keepsake and perfect for displaying flowers.


INSTRUCTIONS:
You'll need FIMO Air Light in white (clay that air dries), heart-shaped cookie cutter, wine bottle, strong glue, vinyl spackling, sand paper, gold spray paint, and white spray paint.



This project is super fun and easy.  Sebastian says it's a "must do!"  Also, we are so happy with the Fimo Air Light clay.  It's soft and easy to work with.  We highly recommend it for any DIY paw print project!  



XOXOXOXOXO,
Erika and Sebastian

DIY Crayon Art


We can't help but notice the crayon art movement when we browse pinterest.  Wow!  I just had to try one myself.  I wanted it to look like an abstract Sebastian.  But as it turns out, crayons have a mind of their own!  This is my second attempt.  I recommend doing a practice one first and be prepared for it to look nothing like what you had planned.  BOL!

INSTRUCTIONS:

What you'll need - Artist Canvas (the one in this photo is a 16X20), pack of crayons, toothpicks, blow dryer, pencil, black and white paint, small paintbrush.

Melting crayons with a blow dryer turns out to be quite a mess (I learned from my first try) so I covered my table with paper and built a cardboard shield to block all of the flying specks of crayons.


Make sure to chop up a bunch of crayons in 1/4" pieces or less before you start.  A small piece of crayon goes a long way!  I used toothpicks to hold them down to keep my fingers out of the way of the hot blow dryer.



There you have it!  I love how colorful it is.




XOXOXOXO,
Erika and Sebastian

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