Showing posts with label Suzi. Show all posts
Showing posts with label Suzi. Show all posts

9.17.2018

Make your own custom dog collar for your pup in less than 30 minutes

For those who own a canine companion..... have you ever considered making your own custom dog collar for your sweet pup?  With the right hardware and knowhow, you can knock one out in less than 30 minutes.
I've been sewing for many years making all sorts of handmade items from home dec, reupholstering furniture, quilts, craft items, not to mention making all my clothes for the past 6 years..... but it n.e.v.e.r occurred to me to make my sweet pup's dog collar.
I'd recently found a perfect-to-me aqua/turqoise rope leash and the colors clashed with Suzi's rtw pink collar that got me thinking it might be nice to have more choices with Suzi's 'jewelry'.  I looked all over in stores for a pretty turquoise collar and could find none.  The photo below was taken a few weeks ago at one of the trailheads of our local rails-to-trails trail we like to walk showing her bright pink collar with her new leash.
Our area has recently taken an unused railroad-bed and converted it to trails for walkers, runners and bicyclists.  No motorized vehicles allowed.  This is what most of the trail looks like, below.  We are very lucky to have this safe place to enjoy.  The rails-to-trails trail is quite popular with bicyclists, so I like to not have to deal with a lot of leash.  Whenever I am aware that a bicyclist is coming from behind, I like to bring her to the side of the trail for a sit/stay for safety for all and one of the things I like most about this rope leash is that it's only 48" long and much more manageable for me than a traditional 6' long leash.  I do not use a retractable leash.  Suzi is well-trained and well-behaved.... most of the time!..... so the 48" gives her room to stride out, yet easy to come back to me for instruction if needed. 
Got off on a little rabbit trail there so-to-speak, so let's get back to her new collar!  By now I was beginning to think I could sort of wing it and make my own......
..... so I spent an enormous amount of time trying to resource the hardware locally to find nothing was available.  These D-rings used in dog collars are quite heavy duty and not even my local hardware store like Lowe's carried them. 
A contoured side release buckle was completely nonexistent to purchase locally.
With mounting frustration, I finally set aside a chunk of time to research all the supplies I needed online and was thrilled to find quality hardware sets available at Country Brook Designs for $12.99 for a set of 10 with free shipping.  AND I received my package within 2 days of placing the order!!  Sooooo happy!  The contoured side release buckles and the triglide buckles are both YKK brand and this D-ring is exactly what you would find on a rtw dog collar.  Heavy duty and well made.
The blue 1" nylon webbing was already in the stash so figured I could use that as my base and found this pretty ribbon in the perfect shade of turquoise at my local only-open-once-a-month textile outlet center All About Fabrics.  The ribbon's design is a 3-D effect..... sort of a rubberized type of application of the leaf motif on a grosgrain ribbon.  If you notice closely you can see the print is printed off center.  All About Fabrics buys 'seconds' and this was probably why.  Doesn't bother me a bit.
By now I'd found the perfect "How to make an easy quick-release dog collar" tutorial on YouTube and within 30 minutes, or less, Suzi's new collar was made.  These are super easy and quick!  Even adding the ribbon like I did here.  Suzi is a medium size dog, but I really like the 1" collars on her, so after measuring her neck, cut my webbing 29" and it was perfect.  These type of collars are humane for dogs as they do not tighten if the dog should pull on the leash.  And with the contoured side-release buckle it seems it would be much more comfortable fit on the dog's neck than the ordinary straight buckle.  I also like the D-ring off to side, on its own like this, below..... not sewn in with the buckle as all her rtw collars were made.
It took me a while to find a new hook for her dog tags to enable me to move her tags from collar to collar easily and finally found these at Lowe's for $5.18 for a set of 2.
So this collar cost @$2.00 to make..... $1.30 for the hardware, $.70 for the ribbon and I had the webbing in the stash and can't remember what it cost.  This type of collar is on the market for anywhere from $15.00 - $25.00.  But more importantly Suzi and I can 'match' well now!  :) 
She wanted to be sure and check out all the gear before heading out on our morning walk.
The collar was easily sewn on my domestic Bernina 1230.  The only tricky part was sewing so close to the buckles..... the buckles sort of got in the way.  I found it easier to move the handwheel by hand for a few of those stitches...... otherwise.... no problem.

Happy Sewing Everyone!  :)

3.08.2017

Hoodie | Burda 01/2017 #103

With all the walks in the park with Suzi, I've been wanting some sort of jacket-like garment with pockets so it was pure serendipity to see this cute hoodie pattern in the January 2017 Burda issue.
Burda 01/2017 #103 Hoodie  is a raglan sleeve pullover hoodie....
.....with diagonal design lines that incorporate a kangaroo pocket in the front and mirrors those lines in the back.  And see that line at the top of the hoodie, below?  Ignore it.  That thing threw me off like you just cannot imagine as I tried to figure out if it meant the cording was exposed at the top of the hood or what.  No, it does not mean that.  I'm not sure what exactly it is trying to show.... just ignore it.  Cording is enclosed in a casing all the way around the front of the hood.  Not exposed.  Anywhere.  Okay, let's continue now.  ;)
Photo Credit:  BurdaStyle.com
The pattern includes little rtw details like installing metal eyelets for the hoodie cord to feed through and cord stops.  I still need to purchase white cord stops, but it's not keeping me from wearing it in the meantime!  The way the hood crosses over at the neckline gives a nice look to the front and is comfortable to wear.  All front and back seams are top-stitched an extra step that really gives the design a little 'pop' by accentuating all the seam lines.  So glad I did this as the pattern instructions did not include this step.  By the way, please do not let installing the metal eyelets intimidate you.  I cut a small square of iron-on interfacing and ironed it on the back of the fabric where the eyelet would be installed, then after practicing on a sample piece.... installed these quite easily.  No big deal.  Really!  And so much nicer than buttonholes or some other form of opening. 
This top is boxy, slouchy and BIG!  From the way Burda styled their photo, bottom right, I was afraid it might be too 'slim' on me.  Ha!  It is roomy and over-sized and that is exactly what I was looking for.  Who wants restrictive garments when walking a sweet pup?!  I made my usual size 38 with no modifications..... even down to the sleeve lengths.  Seams are serged.  And after looking at these photographs, I may change out my cord to a little thicker cording.
It was a very windy day out at Lake Jocassee and my top billowed perfectly here to show you its boxy shape.
Below, you can see the oversize-ness and the way the hood lays in the back.
French Terry fabric was purchased at JoAnn's and this lovely soft mint green was specifically chosen to match the mint green in my shoes.  :) 
Really like the back coverage here.  Wearing the Ottobre leggings.  Been living in these this winter and Spring.
And showing the hood, below.  I'm not a big fan of 'hoods'..... and actually not a fan of hoodies!.... but have found myself caught in a rainshower or two with Suzi and wanted the option of having a hood to pull up. 
Really enjoying my time with this girl.  She made the photos today much less stressful as I usually sort of stress out when taking photos in *gasp* public. 
This was the first time Suzi's walked on a beach, and let me tell you....... she loved it!  It was fun to see her reaction!  Pockets were perfect for holding treats and after such hard photography work, we sat together on a big rock and enjoyed a little snack before heading home.  A perfectly perfect afternoon!
The hoodie worked well this mild Spring day with a cool breeze (actually more like wind gusts!) and I look forward to wearing it lots this season.

Edited to add:  These photos were taken on the beach at Lake Jocassee at Devil's Fork State Park in Upstate, South Carolina.  Lake Jocassee  is a man-made lake as part of Duke Power's energy system.  I simply love the way the mountains meet the water here. 

Happy Sewing Everyone!  :)