Monday, November 12, 2012

Animal hoodies!

 Today's post was going to be doggie bones, but I dont have all the materials yet. That we will save for another day. Its hoodie season here in California and here is a super cute project to keep you warm and cozy.

You will need:
A hoodie with a large hood
Fabric scraps in contrasting colors
Straight pins
Sewing machine
Sharp scissors

I chose to do a kitty face, but its entirely up to you. A monkey, devil, a dinosaur maybe? The possibilities are endless.

 Step 1
Fold the fabric you want to be the main color twice and draw out the size you would like your ears to be.

Step 2
Cut out ears. Do not cut fold. You should end up with 2 pieces.
Draw out a smaller triangle in the contrasting fabric. Fold fabric over once.
Step 4
Cut out shape. You should end up with one piece, cut on fold to get two pieces.

Step 5
Draw circles on fabric in whatever size you would like. Fold fabric over once.
Step 6
Cut out. You should end up with 2 eyeballs

 Step 7
Draw out a smaller circle in the contrasting fabric and cut over the fold. You should end up with 2 small circles.

Step 8
Draw out a small triangle in fabric and cut 1.

Step 9
Draw out a smaller triangle and cut 1

Step 10
 Cut out 6, 3' long strips. These will be the whiskers. I also cut out some hearts, but thats optional.

Step 11
Pin all components together. Place smaller contrasting shapes inside bigger shapes.

Step 12
Sew together. You an do this by hand, but it will take forever.

Step 13
Measure the length of your ears. Measure the length and cut 2 holes (on opposite sides) on hood.

Step 14
Pin all components to the hoodie
The whiskers are a little tricky. Pin and sew them down before you attach the nose.

Sew in place
Step 16
Trim your excess threads, pull out pins, and put on your new hoodie.


Saturday, November 10, 2012

Oh golly gee!! Doggie clothes!!

Ein's (My Corgi) girlfriend, Butter, and her brother have a birthday coming up! So I decided to make Butter a dress and Quay (Butter's brother) a cute striped tank top. Heres the how to:

Butter's dress.

You will need:
Child's shirt in coordinating size to your dog
Straight pins
Needle and thread
Sewing machine
Sharp scissors

Start by measuring your dog's girth. Butter is a little chubbier Corgi, so I went with a bigger size.
Pick out the right shirt. I chose a pink one with Princess on it.

Step 2
Cut shirt off, leaving a 3' strip of fabric.
Step 3
Cut your tulle. You wont need that much. Measure the length of the shirt and add 3 to the tulle length. The width of the Tulle is entirely up to you.

Step 4
Take tulle and begin gathering it with your needle and thread.

To gather
Take one end of tulle (long end) and place needle through the fabric, essentially squishing it up, and making it smaller and more poofy. Remember to knot the end of your thread so your gathers dont come undone.

Step 5
Place your new skirt up to the shirt, flip it inside out, and start to pin.

Step 6
Take your garment to your machine and stitch the two pieces together. Remember to back stitch!

Step 7
Take out pins and flip right side out. You now have a cute little dress :)

Now for Quay's tank top

You will need
Child's tshirt in your dogs size
Tailors chalk (regular chalk and even sidewalk chalk work just as well)
Sharp scissors

This is a really simple project with no sewing involved!

Step 1
Measure your dog as before and determine what size shirt he will wear.

Step 2
Lay shirt flat on hard surface (I used my bed since my chalk is soft and Im experienced, but if your a beginner I recommend a hard surface)
 Step 2
Flip shirt over and draw a gentle arc with your chalk

Step 3
Cut out arc carefully

Try on your dog and you are done :) The next set of photos are Ein modeling the shirt.

Wednesday, November 7, 2012

My new nightstand

The other night when I was walking my dog, I found this cute, neglected table by the dumpster. I gave it a coat of black paint and decopauged the top :) Here's the how to

You will need:
Paint or spray paint (If you decide to paint the furniture)
Glue (I used Aileen's tacky glue, but standard white glue works just as well)
Clear sealer spray
Various clippings

Step 1
Start by painting your piece of furniture. Let dry.

Step 2
Prepare your collage materials. Magazine clippings, newspaper clippings, and computer printouts work best. If using photos, photocopy them first.

Step 3
Prepare your glue. I made a glue wash out of 1 part glue to 1 part water. If your wash is too thick, add more water. If its too thin add more glue. Its that simple! The consistency of the glue should still have some meat to it, not too watery (if that makes sense)

Step 4
Lather the top in glue wash and arrange your clippings in a collage type fashion. Keep applying glue wash over the tops of the clippings to make sure they are fully saturated. Let dry.

Step 5
Apply clear sealer. Let dry.

Now you are ready to bring your new furniture inside!
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