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No Sew Kid/Pet-Friendly Placemat

My critters are messy.  Dripping water, throwing food…you name it!  Hence the inspiration for the placemat.  This super easy placemat is sealed with Mod Podge (non toxic!), so you just wipe with a damp cloth to clean!  This would work great for babies, kids or pets.  Just keep in mind that Mod Podge doesn’t react well with heat.  Remember to wait until the Mod Podge is completely dry on each step before moving on to the next (this shouldn’t take too long).

Materials needed:

  • 12″ x 18″ fabric for the top
  • 16″ x 22″ fabric for the bottom
  • Iron
  • Scissors
  • Mod Podge


  1. Place the top fabric (right side up) in the middle of the bottom fabric (right side down).  There should be 2″ of the bottom fabric showing around all sides.
  2. Cut a 2″ square out of each corner of the bottom fabric.
  3. Fold each visible rectangle of bottom fabric in half lengthwise.  Iron the fold.
  4. Fold these new rectangles on top of the top fabric.  Iron the fold.
  5. Temporarily unfold these folds.  Apply a layer of Mod Podge to the area just over the top fabric.  Refold the crease you made in step 3 and smooth the fabric out.
  6. Remove the top fabric.  Apply a layer of Mod Podge to area of the bottom fabric where the top fabric just was.  Smooth the top fabric onto this area.
  7. Apply Mod Podge to the corners of the bottom fabric rectangles.  Fold the corners down to make triangles.  This will make sure all raw edges are hidden in the final project.
  8. Apply Mod Podge to the remainder of the bottom fabric still visible and refold the crease you made in step 4.  Smooth out the fabric.
  9. Apply at least two layers of Mod Podge to the entire project front and back.  This will ensure the fabric is completely protected from whatever your kids/critters want to spill on it!
  10. Your placemat is now complete!  I told you that was easy!



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Versatile Collar and Tie

I have a tiki man that my grandfather carved out of a tree stump a long time ago.  He greets people entering my apartment.  I’ve never really decorated him before (with the exception of Christmas) because I think he’s pretty cool by himself, but I thought it might be fun to dress him up!  Now, as most people cannot relate to the difficulty of finding the perfect attire for a 3-1/2 foot tall tree stump, I decided to design this tie to suit several purposes!  The tie features an adjustable hook and loop closure and fits everyone from the tiki man to dogs to full grown men.  This picture is my 11 month old nephew checking himself out in a mirror (again, taken by Mr. B’s Photo Shoot).  This project uses the collar from an old button down shirt.  I haven’t decided what to do with the rest of the shirt, but I’m sure it will show up on this blog at some point.  I am open to suggestions!

Materials needed:

  • Collar from an old button down shirt
  • Fabric for tie
  • 4″ of hook and loop fastener (can use more or less depending on your intended purposes)
  • Piece of paper, ruler, and pencil to create a template for the tie (or you can freehand if you want)
  • Sewing machine
  • Iron


  1. Cut the collar off on an old button down shirt.
  2. Trim this collar as shown in the following picture.  This will remove unnecessary bulk from the finished product.  The extra tab will allow you to attach the collar later on.
  3. Use a small zigzag stitch to finish off all the edges you just cut.
  4. Fold the collar so that the back of the collar is in half and the front of the collar folds completely over the extra tab.  Iron this fold.  The collar should retain a slight curve.
  5. Cut the collar in half and use a zigzag seam on each half to close up the newly created raw edges.  The folded over collar should now be directly sewn to the underside of the collar.
  6. Lay the two pieces out so the collar meets in the front and the extra tabs are overlapping slightly.  Sew a straight line through both tabs to attach the two pieces together.
  7. Time to design your tie.  You can make yourself a pattern using my template instructions or freehand a drawing.  Just be sure to cut two pieces of each.  If you use the template, make sure you place the pattern on the fold.
  8. Pin the right sides of the tail together.  Sew a 1/4″ seam around all edges except the 2″ top part.
  9. Turn the tail right side out and sew a 1/8″ seam around all sewn edges.
  10. Lay one piece of the knot on your table with right side up.  Lay the tail on top lining up the edges that measure 2″.  Lay the second piece of the knot on top of the pile with right side down.  Pin in place.
  11. Sew a 1/4″ seam around all edges of the knot except the 3″ side.  Trim the corners on the 3″ side close to the seam to remove excess bulk.
  12. Pull the knot up so the fabric is right side out.  Fold the top edge in about 1/4″ of an inch.  Pin in place.
  13. Sew a 1/8″ seam around the entire knot.
  14. Pin the tie in place on top of the extra tabs of the collar and under the collar flaps.  Sew a small seam to attach the tie to the collar.  Make sure these stitches will be covered by the collar flaps.
  15. Lay the hook side (the rough side) on the outside of the collar close to the back seam.  Pin in place.  Lay the loop side (the soft side) on the inside of the collar close to the opposite back seam.  Pin in place.  Stitch around both pieces to secure in place.
  16. Your tie is finished!  Here is a collage of everyone sporting this accessory!  (I apologize for the glowing dog eyes)

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Dog Treat Bag

This is a great way to carry around training treats for your dog!  Why buy one when you can make one out of fun fabric!  This particular fabric happens to match my dog!  The clip can be attached to a leash or belt buckle for easy access.

Materials needed:

  • 6-1/2″ x 11″ outer fabric
  • 6-1/2″ x 11″ liner fabric (I used PUL fabric)
  • 3″ x 11″ top edging fabric
  • 1″ x 22″ top edging fabric
  • Swivel clasp (these can be borrowed from old leashes or purchased at your local craft store)
  • piece of top edging fabric 4x the width of your swivel clasp and 4″ long
  • Sewing machine
  • Iron


  1. Take the 1″ x 22″ top edging fabric (hereafter referred to as the drawstring) and the piece of edging fabric measured to fit your swivel clasp and follow the second step of my dog collar instructions.  Iron the fabric in half lengthwise with the right sides (the side you want to show) of the fabric facing out.  Open the fabric and press both sides in towards the middle fold.  Open the drawstring (this step is not necessary for the swivel clasp fabric) and fold the ends of the fabric in about 1/4″ and press.  Refold all edges and pin the fabric in place.  Note: all rough edges should be tucked into the fabric at this point.
  2. Sew a 1/8″ seam down both sides of the swivel clasp fabric.  Sew a 1/8″ seam down one side and the ends of the drawstring.
  3. Fold the outer fabric and lining fabric in half width-wise with right sides together.  If you are using PUL fabric for the lining, the shiny side is considered the right side.  Sew a 1/4″ seam down the 6-1/2″ side of both pieces of fabric.  Trim the edge of the lining fabric close to the seam.  Fold the 3″ x 11″ top edging fabric in half width-wise with right sides together.  Sew a 1/4″ seam half way down the 3″ side of fabric.  Reinforce this seam well.
  4. Press the seam of the 3″ x 11″ top edging fabric open.
  5. Flip the lining fabric right side out.  Fold the 3″ x 11″ top edging fabric in half lengthwise so the right sides of the fabric are on the outside (pressed open seams should be on the inside).  Slip this loop over the lining fabric loop so the raw edges line up.  Make sure the half of the seam that was not sewn is on the outside (the sewn side should be touching the lining fabric).  Line up the seams of the two loops.  Slip the swivel clasp fabric through the handle on the swivel clasp and line up both ends on top of the seams of the two loops.  Slip the outer fabric loop (right sides still facing in) over the entire loop and line up the seams.  Note:  All rough edges and seams should be lined up at this point.  Pin all layers in place and sew a 1/4″ seam around the loop.
  6. Pull the lining fabric down so it is now right side in.  Sew a 1/4″ seam across the bottom edge.  Trim the edge close to the seam.
  7. Pull the outer fabric down so it is now right side out.  Fold one side of the bottom edge over the bottom edge of the lining fabric.  Fold the other side of the bottom edge to the inside to match the first side.  Pin these sides together and sew an 1/8″ seam across the bottom edge capturing both sides of the outer fabric and the lining fabric.
  8. Thread the drawstring through the top edging fabric using the open seam.
  9. Add your dog’s favorite treats and start training!

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Easy Refurbished Dog Collar

Is your dog’s collar looking a little tired and worn?  Perhaps you’re just bored of looking at the same collar day after day?  Maybe you can’t find a collar at the store that suits your pooch’s personality?  I was surprised just how easy it was to make one.  I hope you will be too!  This is a revised version.  My sewing mentor (my mom) suggested I use interfacing in the collar to make it stronger, so I have changed the instructions to reflect this addition.

Materials needed:

  • an old adjustable collar
  • fun fabric
  • fusible interfacing
  • sewing machine
  • iron


  1. Begin by measuring the width of your current collar and the circumference of your pup’s neck.  Now, you need to measure out the fabric.  The width of your fabric needs to be 4x the width of your current collar.  For instance, my collar is 5/8″, so I cut the fabric to be 2-1/2″ wide.  The length of your fabric needs to be at least 8″ longer than the circumference of your dog’s neck.  This measurement does not need to be exact because the collar is adjustable.  When you have figured out the dimensions, cut your fabric.  Cut a piece of interfacing to the same size as the fabric.
  2. Following the directions for the interfacing, iron the interfacing to the back side of the fabric.
  3. Fold the ends in about 1/4″ and iron.  Make sure right sides are out.
  4. Fold the fabric in half lengthwise with right sides facing out and press.
  5. Open the most recent step and fold the edges in to meet the middle crease.  Iron.
  6. Repress the middle crease with the edges still folded in.
  7. Sew an 1/8″ seam down each side of the fabric lengthwise.
  8. Cut the current fabric off your old collar, but keep all the pieces.  You should have four pieces of plastic and a metal ring left.  Two of the pieces clip together.  One adjusts the size of the collar once it is on the dog.  The fourth piece is a small plastic band and holds the collar in place (your collar may or may not include this piece).  The metal piece is a D-ring to hold your dog tags.
  9. If you look at the adjuster from the side, it should have a flat bottom and a rounded top.  Feed the fabric up through one of the slits starting on the flat bottom.  Continue to feed the fabric down through the second slit in the rounded top and out again through the flat bottom.
  10. Pin the tail of the fabric to the rest of the fabric and sew firmly in place.  Sew over the same place a few times to make sure the fabric is firmly attached.
  11. Thread the fabric through the plastic band (if you have one), one side of the clip, and back through the plastic band.  Make sure all plastic pieces will follow the contours of your dogs neck (all rounded edges face out).
  12. Feed the fabric through the adjuster piece in the same manner as before.
  13. Thread the fabric through the metal D-ring and the second piece of the clip.
  14. Pin the tail to the fabric before and after the D-ring.  Sew the tail down firmly in both places.
  15. Allow your pooch to show off their newest accessory!


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