Tuesday, October 17, 2006

Strapping Young Lab

As promised I have finished up one doggie-inspired project and I am offering it here for you to try. It is really simple, pretty quick and I've got a few photos to walk you through it. Then after you're finished you can walk your dog with it.

*one six foot length of cotton canvas strapping-whatever width you desire, but at least one inch
*3 cut strips of fabrics, equal in length and width to your strapping
*one of those metal thingermaginggins that latches to the collar, readily available at your hardware store
*heavy duty sewing machine needles

Step one: Stitch one strip of the fabric to the strapping-very close to the edges on each side. You'll want to cover this stitching with the edging later.

Step two: On the remaining 2 strips of fabric, fold the edges in and press so that the edges meet in the middle.

Step three: Fold in lengthwise once more down the center and press so that raw edges are tucked away.

Step four: Wrap your folded, pressed strips along the edge of the strapping and stitch carefully close to the inner edge of the edging. Check underneath to be sure that your stitching is catching the edging wrapped around the back too. Trim leash ends neatly.

Steps five, six & seven: Turn both ends back about a half-inch and run a stitch over a few times for a nice finished edge. Slip one end through the metal clasp, sliding an extra inch or two through, and sew down securly with a box and "X" shape. Turn the opposite leash end back enough for a comfortable "hand loop" and stitch down in the same manner.

I hope all is clear and good luck giving your pup a new leash on life!!

Now I just need to find Leo and conduct some field research!


OH YEA! And before I forget, I've been spotlighted on the QuiltersBuzz.
Buzz over and have a look and learn a little more about me and what makes me tick and tock.
Still no insight, however, on what has made me such a clutz.