Saturday, September 11, 2010

Diva Dog Coat

{July 23, 2010}

by Dena

I have three dogs: a tiny teacup poodle, a medium-sized terrier and a big lovable Labrador. The 6-lb teacup poodle, Ruby, is extremely spoiled. That, of course, is our fault. My daughter, Lisa, and I love to make her dog coats. We don't know why, but she loves to wear them. The easiest way to do this is to buy an existing coat and embellish it.

Gather:

  • Simple Pet Coat
  • Coordinating Fabric
  • Trims
  • Buttons
  • Fabri-Tac
  • Scissors
  • Pencil or Fabric Marker
  • Needle and Thread
  • Sizzix Die-Cutting Machine and Dies

Create:

  1. Put the coat on your pet and roughly sketch out where your design will go with pencil or fabric marker. Then take the coat off.
  2. Lay it out flat on your work surface. Use Sizzix alphabet dies to create the word of your choice.
  3. Using Fabri-Tac, glue the cut letters onto your coat in the area you sketched out. You can also add shapes like stars, hearts and flowers to the jacket.
  4. Embellish the coat with buttons and trims like pom-poms, rick-rack, pleats or ruffles. Sew these on tightly with the needle and thread.
  5. If you like, you can also sew down the letters after the glue has dried for added strength.

The coat can be customized with the pet's name or a word describing her personality. I love doing these projects with my Sizzix die-cutting machine because it saves so much time. And the shapes come out perfectly every time! Ruby really enjoys her new coat. We even made her a matching headband!

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