Showing posts with label no-sew. Show all posts
Showing posts with label no-sew. Show all posts
Wednesday, 4 September 2019
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No-Sew DIY Dog Bows and Bow Ties

Dalmatian dog wearing a blue check bow tie with silver ribbons

Whilst making my no-sew recycled dress shirt dog bandanas, I couldn't resist making a bow with some of the extra material. Bows and/or bow ties are quick crafts, although attachments for dog collars can sometimes be a little trickier. We have some awesome bow tie projects coming up (including what may be my favourite upcycle thus far!), but to keep this bow project totally now-sew, we'll be showing a couple of simple attachment options.


Tuesday, 3 September 2019
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No-Sew DIY Dog Bandanas with (Cheat!) Finished Edges

Three styles of blue dog bandana with sewing supplies

No sew? No problem! These no-sew DIY dog bandanas look almost as good as the real thing! I prefer to sew my bandanas as it's very quick and easy with a sewing machine; however, if you don't sew or don't have/use a sewing machine, there are some sneaky ways to make a cheaters version. 

Monday, 2 September 2019
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Dress Shirt Dog Collars (Plus How to Adjust Collar Size)

Dress shirt collars and sewing supplies

We're starting September with a special week long mini-series using materials salvaged from old shirts (the same shirts as were cut apart to make our "Pillow Daddy" recycled dress shirt cushion covers) for a combination of sew and no-sew projects. For years, I've had the occasional giggle from putting one of my husband's laundry-bound shirts onto Oli (and now Humphrey), buttoning the collar and leaving the shirt flapping like a Daddy-scented cape. :) When the time came to cut apart some old shirts, of course I was going to keep the collars for the dogs. Hehehe... How cute do they look in this Father's day photo, recently shared on our Facebook page?

Monday, 5 August 2019
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DIY Cobra Knot Woven Fleece Dog Tug Toy

Dalmatian dog pulling on a woven fleece tug toy playing with owner

My go-to tug woven fleece tug toy knots tend to be square or spiral; however, most macrame or boondoggle knotting techniques can be adapted for toy making. For added safety, I prefer using weaves that involve knotting over braiding or looping when making tugs for my pets. This toy uses a thickened multi-strand variation of the basic cobra stitch/knot, which you often see in lanyards or paracord bracelets/keychains.

Monday, 1 July 2019
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Ridiculously Easy DIY No Sew Dog (or Anyone!) Blanket

Polar fleece dog print fabric with measuring tape and scissors

It is mid-winter here in New Zealand and July is typically the coldest month of our year. I'll be sharing some snuggly sewing projects here on the blog including some easy winter warmers for pets (or people). Great for nighttime or camping cuddles for summer folks as well! Buuuut since some of you aren't into sewing, I thought I would start by sharing the absolute easiest way to make a custom-sized blanket. No sewing and almost no work/effort required!

Monday, 4 February 2019
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DIY Woven Fleece Double Loop Dog Tug Toy

Pink and blue woven fleece dog toy with two loops and two tugs

Love is in the air! Humphrey has a new puppy pal (they are so cute together) and this toy was created for some wild tug toy playtime. It may be a bit strange looking, but was created for function and fun - which is what matters most, right? With two loops and two straight stick "handles" there are tons of options for multiple dogs and humans. Humphrey has even figured out how to play tug with himself by using a paw with one loop and his mouth with the other - quite hilarious to watch. 

Friday, 30 November 2018
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DIY Blue and White Hanukkah Spiral Fleece Dog Tug Toy

Dalmatian dog playing with blue and white fleece tug toy

As promised, it's the bonus bonus post!  We were asked for a blue version of our Howliday tags for Hanukkah and decided to treat you to a Hanukkah tug toy DIY as well. We love our furfriends of all shapes and spots, and it's pawesome when you send us a request to create something special for your holidays and events that we might not be celebrating ourselves. No matter what the reason or season, did you know that blue is a great colour for dog toys?  One of the things we learned while trying to support senior dog Oli with his declining vision is that most dogs see on a spectrum of blue-yellow unlike our human red-blue-green, so blue and/or yellow toys are the dog version of "high-vis" fun!

Monday, 7 May 2018
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DIY Spiral Dog Toy in High Visibility Colours for Dog Vision

Dalmatian dog looking at a blue, yellow, black, and white dog tug toy

Well hello there, beautiful blue and yellow tug toy!  As detailed in our post about the differences between how dogs see things vs. how humans see things, blue and yellow are the two "true" colours for a typical dog's vision so we combine those with high contrast white and black in this special spiral tug.  This combination is my new version of doggy "high vis" for maximum colour and contrast, as shown in the side-by-side simulation below:

Friday, 22 December 2017
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Easy DIY Holiday Scarves for Matchy Matchy Family Photos!

Smiling Dalmatian dog wearing a plaid scarf

I set myself the challenge this year of trying to get a furfamily Christmas photo.  Our dogs love posing solo, but are definitely not interested in posing together as you would have seen in a few funny shares here on the blog and our social media over the years.  Like typical kids being forced to pose for pictures by Mom, and all the more grumpy faces if they are (gasp!) forced to pose in matching outfits.  The horror!  Add the cat to the mix and it's total chaos. 

Monday, 4 December 2017
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DIY No-Sew Ugly Christmas Sweater Dog Bandana

Smiling Dalmatian dog wearing an ugly Christmas sweater bandana

Let's face it...this handsome spotty little elf would be cute in anything, even an ugly Christmas sweater, or ugly Christmas sweater bandana as the case may be.  In our part of the world, it's far too hot for a holiday jumper and even in colder areas it's expensive with big dogs, like ours, to buy or embellish a doggy sweater for the once or twice a year that they might wear it. This no-sew DIY doggy bandana is an easy and inexpensive way to rock the holiday ugly sweater party. Bonus points if you make yourself a matching t-shirt. Please share photos with us! Hehe!

Friday, 17 March 2017
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Tug of Tugs! DIY Double Woven Fleece Dog Tug Toy

A tug toy woven out of tug toys?  Oh yes we did!  Why? Simply because someone asked us if we could try to make one! No promises, but if you have a doggone crazy idea that you'd like us to try, don't be shy!  Since this toy was slotting into our schedule on St. Patrick's Day, I went with a wild rainbow of colours, adding in white to make the extra eighth colour for the multi-coloured mix. This also helps you to see what's what in the how-to photos.

Dalmatian dog with a giant multi-coloured homemade fleece dog tug toy

Friday, 10 March 2017
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DIY St. Patrick's Day Woven Fleece Dog Tug Toy Ideas

Dalmatian dog playing with a homemade woven fleece spiral tug toy

St. Patrick's Day is coming soon, and it's ever so easy to have a little pinch-proof playtime by making your dog a new green toy.  Modern St. Patrick's Day celebrations are all about the green (did you know that Saint Patrick's traditional colour is actually blue?), and you can't go wrong by mixing together fresh bright greens on their own or with a pop of white, glitter of golden yellow, or even a flag inspired orange if it takes you fancy and suits your available materials.

Friday, 27 January 2017
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DIY Twisted Double Spiral Woven Fleece Dog Tug Toy

Dalmatian dog playing with a double spiral woven fleece homemade Valentine's Day tug toy

The Double Spiral weave starts with a Double Box Knot, which is just two Basic Box Knots next to each other, both tied using the same up/down strands.  From that starting point, the weaving style switches to Circle Twist. Since we have two sets of horizontals with shared verticals, the two woven circles conjoin into a spiral around each other as the tug is knotted, creating the Double Spiral. Here's how to make it!

Friday, 20 January 2017
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Twisted Box Knot vs. Circle Twist DIY Fleece Dog Tug Toys

Dalmatian dog looking a two homemade fleece spiral dog tug toys

Humphrey can't see the difference, can you see the difference?  Me neither. :)  In fact, when weaving with soft cooperative fleece, I can change seamlessly between the two different weaving methods within the same toy without seeing any visible difference whatsoever! Not that you'd have any reason to, but I did it anyway as part of my comparisons. Natural variations like subtleties of strand size/position, tightness of the weave, etc. (which are factors no matter how I make fleece tug toys in any shape/method) have a far greater effect on the finished tug than which of the two methods I use. So how do you weave each method, which should you choose, and why?
Friday, 9 December 2016
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DIY Woven Fleece Christmas Candy Cane Dog Tug Toy

Homemade candy cane shaped dog tug toy (red and white, green bow) on a table with real candy canes

Calorie free candy cane tug toy fun! Why not work off some of those holiday goodies with a little festive playtime together? This candy cane tug toy is made using a twisted box knot weave to create it's pretty diagonal strips along with a sneaky hidden extra to create it's classic candy cane curve. Here's how to make your own!
Thursday, 18 August 2016
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DIY Birthday Candle Dog Tug Toy

DIY birthday candle woven fleece dog  tug toy

Humphrey loves tug toys, so I decided to make him something extra special for his birthday. I hinted that something fun and fleecy was in the works when I shared last Friday's instructions for making a round twist box knot tug toy, which is what gives the body of our candle its diagonal colour banding.


Friday, 12 August 2016
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Basic Box Knot vs. Twisted Box Knot DIY Dog Tug Toys

Side by side comparison of square and spiral woven fleece dog tug toys

Today we're sharing an easy twist (literally) on the basic box knot tug toy, so that there is a how-to here to go with one of the special toys for Humphrey's second birthday (stay tuned for the birthday bonanza next week!).

Monday, 1 August 2016
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How to Weave a Basic Loop Dog Tug Toy

Dalmatian dog playing with yellow woven fleece loop dog tug toy

After Friday's DIY Olympic-inspired post, we had a reader request for extra information about how to transition from a basic straight tug toy into a basic loop tug toy, so we are adding in a quick how-to post before we share our usual Monday recipe.  Here are the steps for a basic loop as well as instruction/links for a few variations.  We hope this helps and, as always, please don't be shy to comment/message at anytime if you need a hand with our projects. :)