As many of you have figured out by now my April 1st post about launching a pattern line of stacking ring dress, macaron hat and lobster bib was a joke. For anyone who missed the post or want to have another laugh I highly advise you go read it now. I’ll be here waiting…
Self Drafted Tank
Welcome back. I have a few things to share. The first is this self drafted tank.
I’ve been wanting to make some tank tops for the summer. I love my Kirstin Kimono tees but I don’t like the tan lines. I was going to make more of the So, Zo tanks but the thin strap leaves my bra straps showing, so this tank is perfect. I also love the interesting arc shaped seam line that lets me play with stripes.
I do love stripes. I’m hoping the horizontal stripe, bust gathers and empire-ish seam could do my small bust some good. So far I’ve made 3 of these tops, they’re so quick to make if you’re a sloppy sewer like me.
Jalie Jean Take Two
The second thing I wanted to share was another version of Jalie (pajama) Jeans. This version is in blue with an orange topstitch. I did a fancier “fly” front design.
And no more thigh pockets! I tried out a new pocket design that was a partial success. I like the design it’s just not center. Oops. If you missed the post on how I sew on the pocket design check it out here.
Serger Clean Out
I cleaned out and oiled my serger for the first time in a decade. I’m not even sure if I’m suppose to oil the thing. Just like taking apart a sewing machine, make sure you take lots pics and lay out the components in the order that you take it apart. Don’t ask me how I know, ask the extra screw. So I did eventually find where that screw was suppose to go. Phew!
Waffle’s 7th Birthday
Lastly it was Waffle’s 7th birthday on April Fool’s. If I had to give up sewing or the dog, I give up sewing. Love this little guy.
This is my favorite pictures of him of all time. He had such a bobble head. The pic has that soft glamour shoot look. Y’all remember those from the 80s?
The Bed that Lasted 2 Days
(I don’t mean in dog years)
Years ago, when Waffle was a puppy, I made him a bed. I found a wonderful waffle pattern fabric and tried to make it look like a waffle bowl, like what you get ice cream in. Well… you know when you get a puppy, people always tell you not to get a nice bed because he/she may have an accident, chew it or basically do what puppies do. I did not heed this warning since I thought he was past this stage. Well… he wasn’t. 🙁 He had a field day with it, chewing through the cording that makes it a bolster bed and unstuffed it. So 6 years later (sorry Waffle) I’m finally getting around to making him another one. He has numerous mama-made beds so don’t let the sad eyes fool you.
I haven’t had time to head to the garment district for fabric and didn’t have anything in my stash that was appropriate so I headed to JoAnn’s. This was where I bought the waffle fabric the first time. It’s was a quilt cotton. So back I went looking for that same waffle pattern fabric or something similar with no luck. Duh. It was 6 years later. I stumbled upon this wood grain “bark” fleece and thought it would fit nicely in our earth tone living room. I picked a tan flannel for the inside “wood” part.
LOL I couldn’t resist the wood pun. I still have the dog bed pattern I used on the 2 day bed. But I didn’t like that you can’t remove the cover for washing and de-fuzzing. I make all his beds with a removeable cover that I can just toss in the wash. So I noodled it around in my head and came up with this design that left an opening for the bolster sides and the bottom center for stuffing. That section is closed with velcro and the cover is closed with a zipper.
Drafting the Pattern
- Center stuffing cover – draft a circle 30″ in diameter. Label with cut 2 in lining fabric.
- Side stuffing cover: draft rectangle 10″ x 80″. Label with cut 2 in lining fabric.
- Center cover: draft a 25″ circle in diameter. Label with cut one in bark fabric, cut one in wood fabric.
- Sides cover: draft rectangle 9″ x 76″. Label with cut one in bark fabric, cut one in wood fabric.
- 2-1/8 yard of 59″ tree bark fleece fabric
- 2-1/8 yard of 42″ wood colored flannel fabric
- 2-1/4″ yards of 58″ wide lining fabric
- 6″ of 1/2″ width sew-in velcro
- 12″ invisible zipper
- 2lb dog bed stuffing. I use replacement bed fill from Dr Foster and Smith. This stuff looks like the stuffing in my store bought pet beds except it doesn’t have cedar chips. Not sure how/if it’s different than polyfil from the craft store.
I’ve really been struggling with taking good photos with the numerous down lights in my new-ish sewing space. So I’ll describe the steps as best as I can. Also, all seam allowances are 1/2″.
Stump Cover – Wood (solid tan)
- Sew the wood side piece along the short edge. You should have a big loop.
- Place the wood loop on the wood circle right sides together. Sew wood sides onto center circle. You should have something that looks like a big bowl.
Stump Cover – Bark (wood grain)
- Sew the bark side piece along the short edge. You should have a big loop.
- Sew invisible zipper with one edge of the zipper tape on the bark circle, other half of the zipper tape on the bark side. Make sure right sides are together. Doesn’t matter where the zipper goes but avoid the seam on the sides if you have bulky fabric.
- Zip up the zipper and sew the rest of the way around. Again you should have something that looks like a big bowl.
Sew stump wood and bark together
- Nest the wood “bowl” into the bark “bowl” with right sides together. Open the zipper.
- Sew along the top edge aka “rim” of the bowl.
- Turn the cover right side out through the zipper opening.
- Sew the 2 layers together by stitching in the ditch along the center circle aka “bottom” of the bowl all the way around, except for the zipper area. This is the opening that will allow you to remove the stuffing insert for washing.
- Now you’ll sew in the velcro pieces to close that opening in the inside. Going through the zipper opening, sew one velcro tab to seam allowance of the wood. The other velcro tab is sewn to the seam allowance of the bark. Make sure you sew it so that the velcro tabs can stick together.
Sew Center Stuffing Cover
- Place the 2 lining fabric circles together. Serge the circle leaving 6″ opening.
- Stuff it with dog bed stuffing material.
- Serge opening closed.
Sew Side Stuffing Cover
- Place the 2 rectangles lining fabric sides together. Serge all the way around, leaving a 6″ opening to stuff it. I leaving section in the middle open for stuffing. This way you can get to both sides instead of stuffing a long tube.
- Serge opening closed.
- Stuff bottom into cover. Close Velcro.
- Stuff sides into cover. Zip up.
Congrats you have a woodland bed for your pup.
(Or in my case a stumpy bed for a stumpy pup.)
Hey! Who are you calling stumpy?
Bonus content: Uses for your wood grain scraps
- Roll pillows that would look like fire wood logs.
- Round throw pillows that would look like sawed pieces of wood.
- Draft dodger that look like a long branch.
Happy Dog Bed Sewing,
Hopefully all you good sewist received everything on your sewing wishlist. Waffle, Santa’s 10th reindeer, said that there were so many good sewist out there it took them all night to deliver presents. Now he’s taking a nice long nap. I hope everyone takes the time today to relax and maybe even get a little sewing in.