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A collar for Winnie

This past Saturday we rescued the sweetest dog from a nearby animal shelter. All she needed was a bath, a hair cut, some love and of course a pretty new leash and collar so I thought I would take this chance to do a leash and dog collar tutorial. I used some scraps left over from another project using Moda Ticklish which I think was perfect for this pretty little set.

Let’s start with the leash. All you need are the following:

2 yards of 1″ cotton webbing – you can find this in the notions aisle or there may also be some additional colors by the ribbon by the yard. That is where I found mine at Joann’s.

3″ x WOF strip of quilting cotton

1″ x 72″ SF101 (fusible woven interfacing) – this is a great way to use up scraps!

2.25 yards of 1/8″ ribbon (this is helpful when turning the skinny fabric tubes)

1″ swivel clip

Matching thread

Elmers school glue

Fray Check

Wonder Clips

  1. Cut your 3″ strip of fabric in to two 1.5″ strips and sew them together at one short end to make one long strip. Center your SF101 and fuse it to the fabric. This would also be a good time to apply Fray Check to the ends of your webbing to help keep them from coming unraveled. IMG_2551
  2. Sew the 1/8″ ribbon strip to the center of your long fabric strip with a tackdown stitch at the top then fold the fabric strip in half lengthwise with right sides together and sew with 1/4″ seam allowance. You may find it helpful to use Wonder Clips to hold the fabric strip together as you sew making sure that the ribbon stays out of the seam allowance.IMG_2530
  3. After you have sewn down the length of the fabric strip you need to turn the tube right side out. This is where the thin ribbon helps. Push the top (the end on which the ribbon is sewn) inside and pull on the ribbon to help turn the tube right side out. This may seem tricky at first but I’ve found the skinny ribbon method to be the best one for me. Check out this tutorial from Sew Mama Sew for a photo step by step of this method.
  4. Once you’ve turned your tube right side out, apply fray check to the ends and press it well with the seam going down the center then glue baste it to the webbing. Put your cotton webbing on your ironing board and grab your Elmer’s school glue. Put a thin line of glue going down the middle of the webbing and put your fabric tube right side up on the webbing. Doing a small section at a time, set the glue by ironing the fabric to the webbing. Make sure your webbing is cotton! Polyester webbing will melt and gunk up your iron! Use Wonder Clips to hold the fabric strip in place while you finish glue basting.IMG_2556IMG_2554
  5. Use a zig zag stitch to sew the fabric to the webbing.IMG_2557
  6. Get your swivel clip and slip the webbing through the opening folding it up 1.5″. Use a zig zag stitch to sew the edge of the webbing down then make a box stitch for reinforcement.IMG_2571
  7. Fold the other end of the webbing over 11 inches towards the wrong side and use a zig zag stitch to hold in place then a box stitch for reinforcement to create the handle.IMG_2572

Now for the collar. The following will make a 5/8″ wide collar that will fit up to a 20 pound dog. You will need to adjust your measurements if making a collar for a larger dog.IMG_2540

Strip of fabric 1.75″ wide by 21.5″ long. (to make a wider collar just take your desired width, multiply that times 2 and add 1/2″ for your seam allowance so a 1″ collar would need a strip of fabric 2.5″ wide)

2 strips of SF101 (fusible woven interfacing) 1.75″ by 21.5″

Old collar for the hardware or you can purchase dog collar hardware kits on Etsy. I used an old collar so I don’t have a shop I can recommend for the hardware.

Wonder Clips

1 yard 1/8″ wide ribbon for turning the fabric tube

Matching thread

  1. Fuse the two layers of SF101 to your fabric strip.
  2. Find the center of the fabric strip and sew the ribbon to one short end.IMG_2545
  3. Fold the fabric lengthwise with right sides together and sew down the side using 1/4″ seam allowance making sure the ribbon does not get caught in your stitching.
  4. Turn the fabric strip right side out and press with the seam going down the center.
  5. Top stitch down both long sides using a longer stitch length (I used a 3.5 length).
  6. Time to put it all together. This part can get tricky so having an old collar to look at helps to make sure you get the buckles, adjuster, d-ring and such all in the right place. I took pictures of the collar I disassembled to reference back to while putting the new one together. I used a piece of the ribbon to get the path that I needed to take when assembling.IMG_2528IMG_2527


Now strap that collar around your dogs neck, attach the leash and take that puppy for a walk to test it out and show off their awesome handmade collar and leash! I’m pretty sure Winnie loves that all of her accessories match now. Even the poop bag dispenser that I had already made. *Confession, I may have chosen the fabric for the leash and collar because it matched the poop bag dispenser but I think it turned out gorgeous.


When Pinterest attacks…

I don’t know about you but when I find something new to try on Pinterest I tend to go a little over board and end up with 46 bars and 8 jars of soap.


I’ll make one batch of soap then think “oh, I bet lemongrass and lavender would smell divine.” So I make another batch. Then I decide I want to make some with some tea tree oil because I’ve heard it makes a great medicinal soap that might be good for my husband’s athletes foot.


Then my stepsons will call me and ask me if I will send them some soap (they love my handmade soap and that makes me feel all warm on the inside) so I need to make another batch! Sending them each a pound of soap at a time depletes my soap stash.

Then I think that I want to give goats milk soap another try. It is very tricky and I am not patient enough when adding the lye so my goats milk soap always turns out orange and doesn’t smell as nice as the other soaps.

Then I discover that I only have enough ingredients left for one more batch. Might as well go ahead and make some lemon soap right? Right. So after I have mailed off 2.5 pounds of soap…I still have 46 bars. At least the next time the boys call, I’ll already have the soap ready to pop in the mail or send home with them.

Happy Pinteresting!

A handmade Christmas

I finally got around to being able to make gifts for my family…on Christmas Day but better late than never right?

One of my great nieces was NEEDING a new dance bag and her mom wanted one with a zipper. I found this cute duffle bag pattern from Small Fry & Co. I think it turned out super cute. I did make a couple of modifications. I already had cute quilting cottons picked out for inside and out so instead of using duck cloth for the interior, I used some fusible fleece to help the bag hold it’s shape.

I think for the next one I make I will cut the main part in half (and have a seam on the bottom) so that the handles will be a little easier to attach. It won’t be long before the youngest will be ready for dance class.

I also whipped up some unpapertowels and unsponges for myself and one other family member. I’ve got 12 unsponges heading out to some testers so that hopefully I can add these items to the shop soon!

And for a New Years resolution….I plan on writing more in the new year!