Every Dog has his day and kitty too. Shouldn’t our dogs and cats be dressed for their day? I have just the thing for your dog and maybe a cat. Not only do I enjoy redoing furniture and working on crafts but I sew as well.
I make scarves for dogs where it slips through the collar. You can use any fabric combination but I like using two coordinating fabrics in a dog or cat pattern so the scarf can be reversible.
Draw out the pattern
Make a triangle to fit the pet’s neck and add a 5/8 inch for the seam. Then measure up 4 inches to allow for the seam and fold.
Once the pattern is made, pin it to the two different fabrics and cut it out.
Then making sure the right sides of the material are together, pin it. Sew the seam from the side to the point and back up again.
Clip the point straight across and trim the sides
Turn right side out and iron seams open, then press scarf.
Sew ¼ inch all around the raw edge.
Iron the sides where the opening will be for the collar or tie will go. Top stitch the edge. Fold the material along the line of stitching on the long edge or the top of the scarf. Iron along the fold. Then sew along the edge.
If you have a zig zag machine or an embroidery option it is nice to finish the edge with a design.
Measure from the top around a 1 ½ inch down, enough to allow for the collar to go through. Sew a straight seam across. At this point you can insert Velcro, ribbon or a tie made from the fabric if you don’t want to insert the collar through it. Most of my clients like the collar to go through the scarf.
If you want ties from the fabric then draw a rectangle that measures an inch and a half by 20 inches. The pattern was laid on the bias. Cut out four pieces of fabric. For this I am going with a half inch seam. Sew a straight seam. I ironed the seam open. Then on one side of the narrow edge I ironed it in order to have a finished look. Next I ironed each edge to the seam I sewed. I sewed along the long edge and the narrow edge.
One edge will be unfinished, this is the edge that you will put in the scarf. Insert the tie inbetween the open area on the scarf and sew along the scarf edge.
My cat, Andy decided to assist me with this project. I really valued his input.
Check out Jo-Ann Fabric and Craft Stores for some dog and kitty fabric and make your own doggy scarf wardrobe, and maybe for kitty too. They also carry the brand of sewing machine I use. It is a Janome Magnolia. I love it. I think the model I have has been retired but this one is similar.
Boo Boo, my cat and Chloe, my neighbors dog were my models a couple of years ago. Both of them are at the Rainbow Bridge now. We miss them very much so this post is dedicated to our beloved pets.
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