Tie-Dye Paw-er and the Quickie Muscle Tee!

Sebastian has been wanting a tie-dye tee F-O-R-E-V-E-R!!!
This project is super easy AND eco-friendly.



Instructions

My first step was making the tee.  I call it the Quickie Muscle Tee because it's so easy and fast!  All you need is an old shirt.  Since Sebastian is a small dog, the sleeve of my brother's XL shirt fit him perfectly!!  (If your dog is large, you can keep the shirt as is and just bring the sleeve holes in closer at the bottom) 



I cut the sleeve off, then cut the collar of the shirt off to use for the new collar by attaching it to the sleeve.  Here it is inside out with the bottom side up.  Trace a circular object for the arm holes and then cut them out (so simple!!).  I used a zig zag stitch to secure the arm holes.



Here's the completed Quickie Muscle Tee (you can add sleeves if you'd like with the remaining fabric from the original shirt)


The Tie-Dye Paw-er look was achieved with this really cool tie-dye kit by Tulip.  It comes with great instructions.  Plus you can never go wrong with tie-dye!!


Here I am applying the dye in my bathtub.  I used the "bullseye" technique from the kit instructions.


After the dye is soaked in, wrap up the shirt in plastic wrap, let it sit for 8 hours, and then wash it.  That's it!!  Time to get the camera out and capture your masterpiece!


So easy and I have enough dye left over to make more.  Here is a look at the bottom of the tee.


Cheers to upcycled eco-friendly styles for dogs!! 




Make Art Not War!

One of my favorite things to make is the doggy backpack.  I spent many hours designing this template a few months back.  Now that the hard work is done, I can have fun cranking 'em out in every possible theme I can think of! 


Sebastian and I headed to Joann's today (together as always) and picked out this hot new Make Art Not War patch.  Sebastian met the designer of this patch (Alexa Westerfield of swelldesigner.blogspot.com) so he was excited to buy it!


Backpacks are perfect for carrying poop bags, treats, cell phones, and many other things!!


While I was taking these pictures, I caught a glimpse of Sebastian's Love Shack in the background.  My dad built this himself in the 70's (or maybe the 60's??).  It has a second story for cats and a porch too!  Pretty groovy huh?


Want your own doggy backpack to decorate?  You can purchase a plain backpack from my Etsy shop at sewdoggystyle.etsy.com.  All backpacks are handmade by me and have my label on the back.  =)  


 This is Sebastian's backpack that you will most likely see him wearing out and about.  Sebastian carries my business cards at all times.


And that's all for now!!

ARF!!!

"I Heart My Dog" Sculpey Pen GIVEAWAY!

Ok guys, my very first giveaway has arrived via the craft table.  It's a pen covered with Sculpey, which is a super cool clay that bakes in the oven!  All you have to do to enter to win this pen is to become a follower of this blog. I'll announce the winner on September 1st here.

The Prize


Since this is a craft blog all about Sew DoggyStyle and its creations for pets (or the owners of course), I've decided to share the instructions for all you crafty people out there who want to make your own!

Instructions

Sculpey can be purchased at local craft stores like Joann's or Michael's.


You can make thousands of things with Sculpey.  For this super cool pen, you will also need a basic plastic ballpoint pen with removable ink.  Remove the ink before you do anything to avoid messing up your clay once it's on the pen.  Pick out your colors and cover that bad boy!


Once it's covered with clay, decide how you want to decorate it.  The options are endless!!  Just don't go too big because it might break.  For letters, I roll out a long piece of clay and then form the letters on the pen as I go.


When you're all done decorating, it's time to bake it!  No need to worry about the plastic melting.  The clay should be thin enough on the pen to where it will only need to bake at 275 degrees F for 2 minutes. Lay it on a cookie sheet and pop it in the oven.


Do not over-bake it!  When you remove the pen, it'll be super hot, but I like to make sure it's done by giving the clay a gentle poke with my fingernail.  If there's no imprint, it's done (it'll continue baking for a bit afterwards).

Put the ink back in while it's still a little hot.  This is because sometimes the pen will shrink a little and you don't want to force the ink in as it might cause the clay to crack.



Glaze that baby!!  Glazing will give it a nice shine and also protect it.


And tada, your amazing pen is ready to use!!!  

Believe it or not, I've been making these pens since high school.  I even had a little business and sold custom pens for $5 (even if it took me 6 hours to make) to people on campus.  I still have just as much fun making them now and they make great gifts too!!  Here's a photo of some of my collection.


I hope you enjoyed!!!  And if you try it yourself, I want to see pictures!!








The Beginning of Sew DoggyStyle (and a little about me)

Wow, my first blog ever.  I'm not sure where I'm going with this yet, but here's a start!

My name is Erika and I'm creative, random, brave, loud, quiet, shy, reserved, inappropriate, self-entertained, focused, blonde, red, weird, devoted, loyal, on time, frugal (but not always), hungry (always), demanding, outgoing, sarcastic, highly caffeinated, colorful, and some other stuff.

   Me With My Man                                                               

So how did Sew DoggyStyle get started?  It was a cold, but sunny afternoon on December 24th, 2009.  I had the urge to head to the SPCA (this happens a lot).  Since it was the day before Christmas, my husband agreed to let me adopt a 9.6 lb beautiful baby boy telling me the dog would be my present (since he clearly hadn't done his shopping yet).

The Pound Puppy


I named him Sebastian after the lobster on The Little Mermaid.  He is often mistaken for a hairy chihuahua or a groomed Pomeranian, but it's much more complicated than that.  He is a pure white Mini American Eskimo Finnish Spitz mix.

From Pound Cage to Royalty

Sebastian is my very first TINY dog I've ever had.  Chanel, my 8-year-old Shepherd Husky Lab Chow mix baby, is a big dog with a lot of fluff.  I always thought she was pretty fashionable, but I've realized small dogs know how to rock it out 10 times better.

Chanel

I bought Sebastian any and everything I thought was cute.  He was rockin' it everywhere he went, but he still felt so limited.  I decided to take the situation into my own hands at the sewing machine.  The result was Sew DoggyStyle, which became my little business in June 2010.  I am excited to see where this journey takes me.

One of my very first backpacks



And that's all for now!

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