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Dog Dress With Pattern

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Dress up your dog with adorable custom dog clothing you can make yourself. This free dog dress pattern was originally designed for a Chihuahua, but can be modified to fit larger breeds. See Jenny Kitchens’ Etsy store for her dog dresses at missmoddog.etsy.com.Materials:

PDF Jenny Kitchens’ Dog Dress Skirt Pattern

PDF Jenny Kitchens’ Dog Dress Bodice Pattern

soft measuring tape

1/2-yard soft cotton patterned fabric (amount of fabric will vary depending on dog’s size)

1/2-yard lightweight standard interfacing

4″ to 5″ strip of 1″ wide white sewable Velcro

thread

fabric shears

pins

decorative buttons, bows or appliques

Steps:

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Figure A

1. Resize the pattern. This part may be difficult if your dog is not extra small, but there are some ways around it. The dress pattern was originally designed to fit a Chihuahua with a 14-1/2″ chest (figure A). If you print the current pattern at full size, 100 percent, it will fit a dog with a 12-14 inch chest. Note: For a dog much larger than this, the skirt pattern piece won’t fit on a standard 8-1/2″ x 11″ page. For a dog with a chest larger than 12 inches neither piece will fit on a page.Options:

  • Take the printed pattern to a print shop and ask them to resize it on larger paper.
  • Download the images to your computer and open them in a graphics or photo editor. Resize the patterns to the proper size. Increase the size of each pattern piece accordingly.
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Figure B

2. Cut two fabric pieces on the fold for the skirt pattern (figure B). Cut two fabric pieces on the fold for the bodice pattern. Bodice pieces should be two inches larger than the dog’s chest.

3. Place the two bodice pieces right sides together with interfacing on the bottom (figure C). Sew along the lines indicated using a 1/2-inch seam (figure D). Note: Do not sew the bottom edge where no lines are present. Leave it open so that you can turn the bodice right-side-out to attach the skirt.4. Once the bodice is sewn together, clip each corner where the neck and the waist meet to ensure that the seam will lay flat once it is top-stitched.

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Figure C

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Figure D

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Figure E

5. Turn the bodice right-side-out, making sure that the corners are square (a dull pointed object such as a chopstick can be used) (figure E).

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Figure F

6. Place the two skirt pieces right-sides-together and sew along the lines indicated. Do not sew the top edge where no lines are present; this is the gather line (figure F).7. The skirt has a hemline and a gather line. Hem the skirt first along the dotted line using a 1/2-inch seam.

8. Using scissors, clip along the bottom edge of the skirt every 1/2-inch before turning it right-side-out.

9. Next, sew the gather line, but do not gather the last inch on both sides. Gather it just enough so that it fits into the bodice.

10. Attach the bodice to the skirt (figure G). To hide the seams on the inside of the dress, pin your gathered skirt between the two layers and sew in place (figure H).

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Figure G

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Figure H

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Figure I

11. Embellish with buttons, bows or appliques (figure I). Tip: It is recommended that you topstitch the dress once it’s completed for a more finished look..

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Figure J

12. Attach two 2-1/2″ pieces of Velcro by sewing them onto the neck and waist pieces of the bodice (figure J).

Hemp Dog Collar

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Sew a sturdy collar that will hold up to the elements as well as your dog’s roughhousing. This eco-friendly hemp collar can be customized with matching or contrasting thread.Materials:

1 yard of very heavy weight fabric (hemp canvas)

thread to match/contrast with fabric

1″ side release buckle

1″ wide mouth slip lock

sewing machine

Steps:

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Figure A

1. Measure your dog’s neck and add 11″ (figure A).

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Figure B

2. Cut two strips of fabric 2 1/4″ wide by the length determined in Step 1 (figure B).

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Figure C

3. Pin the two strips of fabric together and sew them along the two long edges and one short edge, 5/8″ in, creating a tube (figure C). Make sure to leave one of the short edges open.

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Figure D

4. Trim the edges, leaving only 1/4″ of fabric extending beyond the stitching (figure D).

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Figure E

5. Attach a safety pin to the sewn, short side of the collar and push it up through the tube, turning the collar inside out (figure E).6. Press seams, ironing the tube flat.

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Figure F

7. Fold the ends of the un-sewn side 5/8″ into the tube and top stitch closed 1/8″ from the edge (figure F).8. Top stitch the other three sides of the collar 1/8″ from edge.

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Figure G

9. Thread collar through slip lock buckle and fold back approximately 1 1/2″ to make a loop around the center bar. Sew loop together by stitching a 1″ square with an X in it several times (figure G).10. Separate the two halves of the buckle.

11. Pass the collar through one half of the buckle from the inside of the buckle to the outside of the buckle.

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Figure H

12. Double the collar back over itself, threading the free end through the opening in the slip lock buckle that is on the same side as the folded tail. Now pass the end back down through the other opening in the slip lock buckle (figure H).13. Slide other half of buckle, from the outside of the buckle to the inside of the buckle, onto free end of collar.

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Figure I

14. Fold back approximately 1 1/2″ of the free end of the collar to make a loop around the buckle. Sew loop together by stitching a 1″ square with an X in it several times (figure I).

Fleece Rope Dog Toy

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Weave a sturdy rope toy that’s comfortable for you to tug and perfect for your dog to sink his or her teeth into. This rope is especially soft for dogs with new or sensitive teeth, but can be braided tightly for strong chewers.

Materials:3 1/4 yard pieces of different colored or patterned fleece

scissors or a rotary cutter

2 rubber bands

Steps:

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Figure A

1. Fold each piece of the fleece selvage to selvage to cut long strips (figure A). (Tip: Selvage is the end of the fabric with writing on it.)

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Figure B

2. Cut three 4″ strips from the folded edge using scissors or a rotary cutter and a ruler (figure B). Note: A 4″ strip width will give you a “medium-width” dog toy. If you want it smaller or larger adjust the strip width.3. Unfold the fabric strips and stack one strip of each color/pattern together.

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Figure C

4. Wrap a rubber band around the edge of the fleece, about 5″ from the end. Don’t worry about cutting off the edges with selvage at this point (figure C).

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Figure D

5. Now braid the three strands together. Tip: The easiest way to get a tight braid is to hold the rubber band-wrapped edge between your knees, but you can also tape it or pin it to a solid work surface (figure D).

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Figure E

6. Make sure the braid is nice and tight so it’s harder for the dog to get its teeth through. Make the braid about 20-27″ long, leaving some unbraided fleece at the end. This gives room to tie knots (figure E).7. Wrap the second rubber band on the end of the unbraided fleece.

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Figure F

8. Make a knot that falls in the intersection of the unbraided and braided section (where the rubber band is located). This keeps the braid tighter (figure F).9. Cut the rubber band and pull the knot very tight. The tighter the knot the longer it will last for your dog.

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Figure G

10. Trim both unbraided ends of the bone so they’re roughly the same length (figure G). The length of the ends is up to you. The rope made here is trimmed to 3″.

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Figure H

11. Fringe the edges by cutting each end of the fleece into strips (figure H). (If you have a strong chewer you may want to skip this step.)12. If you find the rope is too long you can tie a knot or two in the center.

Breath Buster Mint Dog Cookies

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Keep your dog’s breath under control month after month with homemade breath mint cookies. The treats are safe for canines and can be stored for up to one month — if your dog doesn’t gobble them down sooner.
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Amanda Toris and her dog show off Toris’ homemade dog cookie.

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Ingredients

Materials:stand mixer with paddle attachment

rolling pin

cookie cutter

cookie sheet

parchment paper

cooling rack

air tight container

Ingredients:

1/4 cup fresh mint

2 tsp. flax seed oil

1 egg

3/4 cup milk

1/8 cup wheat germ

3 cups whole wheat flour, 1 additional cup for dusting work surface

Steps:

1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees Fahrenheit.

2. Combine mint, flax seed oil, egg, milk and wheat germ in the stand mixer’s bowl.

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Figure A

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Figure B

3. Mix with paddle attachment on low speed for 30 seconds, or until all of the ingredients are well distributed (figure A).4. One cup at a time, add flour to mixture at medium speed. Once ingredients have been mixed, continue to add additional two cups in the same manner. Tip: If the dough seems too sticky after all three cups of flour have been added, continue to add flour from additional cup of flour set aside for dusting work surface until dough feels pliable.

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Figure C

5. Place dough on dusted work surface (Figure B). Using a rolling pin, roll dough to a 1/4″ thickness (figure C).

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Figure D

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Figure E

6. Using your favorite cookie cutter, cut the dough into shapes (figure D) and place on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper (figure E).7. Bake at 350 degrees for 30 minutes. Once cookies are finished baking, turn off the oven and leave the cookies to crisp for 3 hours.

8. Move cookies to a cooling rack and allow cookies to cool. Once completely cool, store cookies in an air tight container. Cookies may be kept for up to one month if kept in a cool, dry place.

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