Wordless Wednesday: Happiness



Possibly the best fortune cookie we ever opened.  



XOXOXOXO,
Erika and Sebastian

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Recycled T-Shirt Bandana



Instructions for this?  There are none, really.  All you need is a pair of scissors and an old tee with a screen on it.  Oh, and a dog.

T-Shirt material is soft, stretchy, and doesn't unravel much.  You can trace one of your dog's current bandanas onto the t-shirt image or you can guesstimate by cutting out a triangular bandana shape.  If your dog is small enough, you can use the image on your sleeve too (if there is one).



Once you've cut it out, you're done.  Yep!  Use this same concept for cutting out any t-shirt image for a bandana.  So easy there's really no excuse for any dog out there to be bandana-less.



XOXOXOXO,
Erika and Sebastian

DIY Curtains From a Pair of Pants - Pantains!


I think this may be my silliest creation of 2014.  I bought these pants from the thrift store for 95 cents and now they are Sebastian's new curtains for his bed overlooking the not-so-glamorous craft room.  He likes to sleep and he likes to be in whatever room I'm in.  With that being said,  it only makes sense to give him his own personal space in every room of the house.

  
This project has some basic sewing, but the sewing part could be substituted for fabric glue.  Read on to  make your own!

INSTRUCTIONS

What you'll need: 
Spring Tension Rod
Pair of Pants (or capris?) wider than tension rod
Ribbon
Sewing machine or glue


Basically, chop it.  Sew it.  Hang it.  HA!



This is a bookshelf with those adjustable shelving holes and the hooks screwed into them perfectly.  Talk about meant to be!  But of course the curtains still look great without hooks if you don't want to put holes into your furniture.



Sebastian and I want to see "pantains" on all those crazy cool dog beds incorporated into furniture around the house!  You know, like those beds inside nightstands and coffee tables?  It's kind of a thing.



XOXOXOXOXO,
Erika and Sebastian

Photos from our National Craft for your Local Shelters Day 2014 Gathering!

This is our third year crafting for shelters and we keep growing.  It's so exciting to see something like this come together and to have such wonderful volunteers!  We've got 9 local shelters on our list and Sebastian can't wait to hand out all of the finished items.  If you've had any craft event for your own shelters, please let me know because I'd love to share it.

The rope toys - we made 78 of them this year!  This is such a popular craft amongst the kids and adults who don't sew.  Check out this link for a list of pawesome rope toy tutorials.

Crate Beds!  We've never made these before so I'm super excited we were able to accomplish the beds this year.  We made 13 in one day.  But I also had a wonderful mother/daughter team offer to take the remaining bed material home and make more on their personal time.  I could not be more grateful!  Check out this link to make your own crate beds.

"Adopt Me" bandanas are the number one item the shelters request from us.  Yep!  That puts them pretty high on our priority list.  We made 66 this year and also turned them into a No-Sew project by using pinking shears around the edges (this prevents fraying).  The "Adopt Me" message is created with Tulip Fabric Paints and stencils making it easy enough for anyone to make.  Check out the iLovetoCreate Pinterest page to see pawesome ideas for painting on fabric. Tutorial on our bandanas coming soon! 
Along with the "Adopt Me" bandanas, we added "Adopt Me" leash accessories.  I think these will be a hit!  You slip them over the leash and they are double-sided.  Perfect for shelter dogs who don't like to wear bandanas.  These leash accessories are also a "one size fits all," which I love.  Click on this link to see how you can make your own!  They can be sewn or sealed with fabric glue.

Painted pet bowls!  We made 30 of them, oh my.  I am still waiting for all of them to be finished and fired so I'll have an updated picture later.  But how cute are our volunteers?!  These bowls and painting supplies were once again generously donated by iLovetoCreate.  Be sure to check out their Duncan Ceramics product line here.  We are so happy to have their continuous support for this great cause!  Link to see our finished pet bowls from last year.
photo courtesy of Jamie Ibey


If you are a crafter or a shelter looking to start an event like this in your area, check out our blog post on how to throw a successful craft party!

We want to give a huge shout out to:
-iLovetoCreate for donating pet bowls, paints, fabric paints, stencils, and more!

-Me'n'Eds pizza for donating pizzas to all of our volunteers.

-Craftopia Craft Studio for providing their store space.



-And most importantly, we want to thank all of our volunteers who donated their time.




Until next year, fellow crafters!


XOXOXOXOXO,
Erika and Sebastian


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

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