Doggie Dog House Blanket

 I really like the way the black and white paw print blanket turned out.  It not only looks cute, but it is the perfect size for the animals to snuggle up on.  I decided to use up more of the fleece I had on hand, so this next blanket cost me nothing but my time – which wasn’t much! 

For the doggie Dog house blanket I used 8 – 10″ squares of print, 2 – 10″ squares of yellow, 6 – 10″ squares of brown, and 1 -38″ square of green for the back.  I used the brown squares around the outside and I placed my 2 yellow squares in the center.  With so many colors in the print, it was hard to decided which remnants to use up.  I’m really pleased with how well this one turned out.   

These quick and easy blankets would make a nice gift.   Happy sewing!

Paw Print Fleece Pet Blanket

I’ve been doing a lot of reading lately and not much in the way of “creating”.  The other day I was thinking about all the animal hair on my throw blankets.  I love my animals, but I hate all the shedding!  I’ve made the dogs each a blanket for their beds, and they do appreciate them, but then so do the cats.  That’s when I decided I needed to make a couple more small blankets to lay on the bed and or couch to hopefully to keep the cats and dogs off mine! 

I had an opportunity to make a quick trip to JoAnn’s the other day and found a remnant of fleece that I knew would be perfect for my small project.  I snatched it up for only $1.55 w/tax!  What a deal for .583 yds.

Here is what I made.  I cut 8 – 10″ squares of  the print and 8 – 10″ squares of black fleece I had on hand.  I sewed them together making a 38″ square.  I then cut another piece of black fleece into a 38″ square.  With right sides together I stitched all around leaving an opening to turn.  After I clipped the corners and turned it right side out, I stitched it again about an 1″ in from the edge all the way around.  The finished blanket is a 36″ square. 

A nice quick project that was also inexpensive and well appreciated by my pets.  Happy sewing!

Pepper in Green

I’ve been experimenting.  I want to make some easy to put on and take off dog clothes. I’ve knit plenty of sweaters, which look beautiful on my helpers and my boys.  But, as many of you know, some dogs (Patty Pepper for one) hate to sit still and get dressed.   Pepper is a Pug who likes to snuggle in and be warm.  She shivers when she goes outside.  But dressing her can be a hassle.  I also don’t want her to stay in wet clothes when she comes back in from the rain or snow.  I just want something a little easier and faster to make and that is quick to put on and to take off.

I decided to use some fleece remnants.  I didn’t want to use my good material if my creations didn’t turn out.  Fleece also doesn’t have to be lined.   I bought a few McCall’s dog patterns when Joann’s had their sale, but none of the patterns I bought seemed easy enough for me at this time.  I’m still not up to par.  I’m thinking of all these things I want to do and make, but my energy level is low.  I can’t wait to be over this crap!  Anyway, I decided on a piece of green fleece. 

The pattern I used is an archived one I found on the internet from Circle of Crafters.  The link was broken and I had to use the help of  the  (wayback logo)to find it.   But that’s another story.  Anyway – this is the pattern I used as a guide.  I enlarged the pattern on my computer and then put a piece of tissue paper over the computer and traced the pattern off the computer.  (So much easier than trying to use graft paper to enlarge a pattern!).  I also need to lengthen the back of the pattern to fit my pug.

My finished results fit perfectly.  The Velcro makes it easy to put on and slip off.  The green was a little too plain so I added a simple white fleece strip to the neck.  I think it is nice the way it is, but it would also look great with some embelishment on the back.  I’ll have to give it some thought.  Another day, another topic.

Pepper’s Scarf and Leg Warmers

I did make Pepper her scarf and set of leg warmers.  I used flannel remnants in pink with stars and moons.  The flannel worked up nicely and it was not as bulky as the fleece I used to make Lady’s.  I also made Pepper’s scarf slightly shorter (2″) and a I cut the width 1/2″ wider than Lady’s.  For her leg warmers, I cut them 1″ shorter but kept the same diameter.  I think they fit her quite well, but I could cut the diameter down also and it would still look nice.

I embellished Pepper’s with some narrow white and yellow ribbon I had on hand. 

I do have to laugh at the differences between the two dogs.  Lady is a true lady and loves to get dressed up.  She struts about with her head held high like “look at me”.  Where as Pepper is our little tom-boy and hates to wear anything.  She even hates to have her harness put on for walks, although she wouldn’t think of being left behind!

Paw Dog Stocking

For this paw dog stocking I used one of the McCall patterns (#5777) I purchased the other day during JoAnn’s sale.  I used red, green and white fleece remnants I had on hand.  It was a quick and easy project that could easily be personalized.  Wouldn’t it make a nice gift filled with treats.

I am considering cutting the pattern down and making smaller stockings.  I’m thinking maybe ornament size and add a dog bone inside as a gift.  What do you think?

Doggie Legwarmers & Scarf

I was experimenting with some lavender fleece from my stash and decided to make a scarf and leg warmers for my helpers.   The fleece was a little hard to sew through a few layers.  I’m not sure why.  The set was a little big on Patty Pepper, the pug, so I tried it on our Lady, the cocker spaniel.  She is such as fashion-e-sta.  She loves getting dressed up.  I think it fits her well – just a little too plain.  I think I’d like to get some rick-rack or pom poms or something to add a little pow to the set.  Maybe bedazzle it with some shiny studs.

I am going to try again and see what I can come up with for Patty Pepper.  This seems like the perfect little something for a dog who has no hair for bows.

Bandana Boys

Dog sat this week-end for my two favorite “boys”.  What fun.  I decided to make them new bandanas.  I had some dark blue fabric with white paw prints on it that I thought would work perfectly.  I wanted to make the bandanas reversible.  The only other material I had enough of in my stash for both bandanas to use for the other side was white.  So that’s what I used. 

For Rico, the little guy, I cut two 14″ squares diagonally, stitched right sides together and turned right side out.  After ironing it, I added a small piece of velcro a couple inches from the ends.  That way you just tie it around once and velcro it together.  No heavy knot on the little guy.

KC, my big boy, needed two 22″ squares cut diagonally.  I did not use velcro on his.  No reason why not, just didn’t. 

Don’t they look handsome.