A batch of small and large Pocket Critters in the works

The first step of producing each item in the Oxford Dogma workshop starts with planning: what fabrics in what colors will come together in harmony to result in something classic, with subtle details and timeless qualities.

Next comes the cutting! Not my favorite part (it’s tough on my scissors-holding hand) but when everything is all lined up, ready for the next step, it gives me a little thrill. Soon, these pieces will be a thing that will make a pet feel loved, and someone feel like a caring pet parent.

Currently, I’m working on a batch of Pocket Critters (as a part of my preparation push for an upcoming handmade market event in Phoenix) in two sizes: large for dogs, and small for cats.

pocket critters on the cutting table
A short stack of Pocket Critters, all of the pieces cut out and ready to start putting together
pocket critter ears
After the ears are sewn and turned right-side-out, they make a delightful little pillow-like shape
assembling pocket critters
Mise en place isn’t just for the kitchen: the fronts and backs are pinned together, with ears and labels sandwiched in place