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Easy Dog Coat Tutorial

Please go easy on me as this is my first shot at making a tutorial!
 This coat as rather easy to put together, no pattern, just theit old coats.This coat is for a 45 pound Bassett Hound mix but is very easy to resize for bigger or smaller dogs. Will need to measure the dogs length as well as the width around their chest and stomach area.

First start out by picking your fabric. My inside does not match my outside but you can have yours match. I used a lime green fleece for the inside and a pink nursary flannel for the outside. I also added a color of my softest fabric because my dog like to sleep in them and I figured that it would be a bit nicer. 

I forgot to take pictures of my actual measuring and cutting of the first piece so the detention of the body is 14″ wide x 21″long with a neck cut out of 16.5 inches from the bottom of the body to the middle of the cutout.

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Pin it upside down on your inside fabric. You see I wasn’t having a very good day and pinned before I flipped so I had to start over.

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Cut around the outside fabric.

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This is when I measured and cut the collar to size.

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Fold the collar in have lengthwise and put it between the top and bottom fabric with the fold toward the bottom of the coat.

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Cut your fabric for the straps. This is why you need to measure around your dog. I have made them both too long and too short on both of my coast.
They should be an inch or so wide and how ever long you need them. Make 2.

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Sew them together. I like the look of just sewing together fleece without turning it inside out.

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Place in between the fabrics on the side, either side, about the place right between your dogs stomach and chest. I later added a second strap right around the stomach.

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Pin. Mark your sewing start line and your ending line, leaving about a 2 or 3 inch gap for turning out.

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Begin sewing. I did a med size basting line.

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When you are done, turn it right side out and pin edges or iron.

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Sew around the outside. I also sewed around the edges of the collar to hold it down otherwise my dogs tend to look like dracula.
If you do this, do not sew the outside edge of the collar that will be on the dogs neck.

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Pick your buttons. One goes on the strap and the other on of the straps that goes around the neck. Make your button holes, one on the other neck strap and the other on the coat, where ever it needs to be to fit properly.

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Finished and on the dog!
If you have problems or don’t understand something, please contact me. Again, this is my first tutorial, sorry if it is not perfect!

Thanks for checking it out, I would love to see pics of your finished coats and any additions you may have made!

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My first craft show is coming up!

   I am happy to say that on December 7th I will be attending my first Craft show!
   It will be held at a local school by the PTO. It is there first ever show and I am happy to be able to be a part of it.
   I have been working my butt off to get ready for it. Sewing and painting and designing. I am not one to make 10 or 15 of the same things. I enjoy making everything I make unique. That is why my table name is Unique Stitches.
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Starting up again

  I’ll admit, I am not ever good at keeping up with my journal or my blog. I have had so much going on this year after moving into a new house. It’s a long time coming but my house is almost all put together and organized. I had to put a large chunk of the organization on hold for about 6 months as we had a roommate. A friend of my husband who had fallen onto some hard times. I don’t like to speak ill of people but this man was filthy!
   I spent 90% of my time picking up his dirty socks and whatever else he left in the living room.
   Now that I have all of my rooms back, I have been able to figure out what to do with them. My two spare rooms and my porch have become a long project. And with the hubby working midnight I have plenty of time to work on them.
   The first, my old sewing room, is now the utility room. Equipped with an old kitchen table, for spotting seeds and indoor plants,  a computer hutch, for storage, and a closet where totes and such for household repair and maintenance are housed. This room is mainly for my hubby, god love him, who can’t seem to keep most of this stuff in one place.
   The second and bigger spare room is now my sewing/arts & crafts room. A nice set up with my desk, my sewing table, my breakfast cart (for my drawing), my art easel, closet, a built in wall dresser with table top and even my small exercise bike and yoga mat.
  The porch has 2 rooms, the smaller of the 2 is my hubby’s man cave. The bigger is where all my notes of holiday decor, gardening, bikes and the hubby’s work bench is.
   It took a lot of time and energy to organize all those notes and drawers and closets but It’s almost complete.
   I am hoping that after everything is complete I will be able to paint. I never thought that a 3 bedroom 2 bath double wide could be so much work.
  


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Spring cleaning: Part 1

   I have always been the one to do the dirty jobs. My dad couldn’t stomach them and my mom way always working. Now, my husband can’t stomach them and is always working when I seem to do the nastiest jobs.
   It has been about 6 months since we move into our new place. It isn’t anything great, but I love it. It is a house trailer but a big one. It is 74 feet long and 20 feet wide. It has 3 bedrooms, 2 bathrooms, a large kitchen, breakfast nook, and a really big living room. I also have an amazing porch which is closed in and it has many windows as well as a small room, which I gave to the hubby for his mancave.
    Although the place was built in the 60’s, it stands well and has many newly renovated areas. Both bathrooms and the kitchen have been redone and are spectacular. The porch is an addition as well as the breakfast nook and part of my living room.
    I told you all of that to give you a better idea of what I am working with. The lady that lived here before us was..well to put it nicely..not the cleanest person. It has taken this long to get it halfway clean. I don’t think she ever cleaned the windows or the walls. This has made my spring cleaning quite difficult.
  Part 1 of my spring cleaning will have to do with my most used spaces: the living room, kitchen and the breakfast nook.
  I learned my cleaning ways from my mother, a neat freak in her own rite, who also did things a little unorthodox.
1. I first start by taking everything out of the living room. Pictures and nik nacs go into a box. Everything else small goes into another. Books and movies go on the bar separating my living room from my breakfast nook.
2. I get the steam cleaner and set it up using the pet stain and smell soap. Clean the furniture one by one. Couch first, I do the cushions then the rest. I then slide the couch into the hallway while it drys. Then I do the chairs and put them into the kitchen.
3. I was the end tables with hot water and lemon juice and put them out of the way too.
4. When everything is out of the living room, I get a bucket of hot water and vinaiger (bleach if you want) and clean the walls. It might be easier to run the duster in the corners first. After you clean them, you may wish to paint them.
5. I then take my handy steam cleaner and clean the carpet. I’m a bit anal about this. I clean them until the water comes out clear, which is quite time consuming.
6. This is when I take my break, to let things dry.
7. When everything is ready, I put it back, in an order that makes sense. Don’t forget to wipe down your pictures and nic naks if you haven’t already.
8. Everything should smell and look nice.
You can do it any way you want, this is just the best for me.
Kitchen is up next!