I don’t know about you, but I seem to always be out of gift tags when I’m wrapping a gift for someone. To solve this dilemma, I’ve been wanting to make my own gift tag stickers for so long. Well, earlier this year I bought a Silhouette Cameo and am able to cut out custom shapes from sticker paper. What a fun tool for a maker!
I make each sheet (7 1/2″ x 10″) of 18 stickers based on a Custom Dog Portrait, and now pet parents can have some labels with their very own fur baby on them. There are a variety of sizes and shapes, and I designed them with neutral colors so that they can be used on any occasion. In addition to gift labels, they can be used for addressing an envelope or to decorate a planner. I’m a total planner girl (Bullet Journal for me!) and would also love to design planner stickers like these.
If you’d like a custom portrait of your pup and matching stickers, send me a note on my contact page. I’m working on making this process easier, but in the mean time that will work best!
Note: This class is over, but you can purchase the pattern from Patterns by Annie. And if you’re looking for unique gifts for dog lovers, you might be interested in ordering a custom dog portrait. Each one captures the unique personality of the dog in a cute and modern way. For more details, visit the Custom Dog Portrait page.
When the weather gets warmer, I run out of pocket space for my dog walking gear. My American Giant zip up sweatshirt (pretty much the last sweatshirt I’ll ever need to buy!) with its roomy pockets gets me through the mild Arizona winters, but come Spring I need a gear bag.
With this dog walking bag, supplies are within easy reach. The project features an easy-to-access outer pocket that dispenses clean-up bags, and room in the main pocket for treats, keys, ID, phone, and more. The bag is lined and stabilized, and can be worn over-the-shoulder or cross-body. It’s a fun and simple project that’s perfect for anyone with a pet, and makes a great gift!
The season for arts and crafts festivals in Phoenix is almost upon us, and I’m excited to be participating in a really great fair in April. Jackalope Art & Craft Fair happens twice a year in Colorado, California, and Phoenix (where I’ll have a booth). They hand-select artisans, crafters, and DIY enthusiasts so that attendees can feel confident they’re getting high-quality indie goods.
Jackalope is an outdoor event and it’s free to attend — you can even bring your dog with! I’m hoping to have some homemade treats at my booth for good little doggies to sample.
In addition to shopping for handcrafted goods, you can grab a bite at one of the on-site food trucks, and participate in workshops (TBA).
I’ll be bringing a bunch of new items, including:
dog collars with metal buckles
leash pouches that dispense clean-up bags (in lots of new colors and fabrics)
leashes for small dogs
interactive plush toys (regular size for dogs + little bitty ones for cats!)
canvas pet toy bins
Pipsqueak may get to come, but she tends to go a little bananas around other dogs, so we’ll have to play that one by ear ;)
The fair is April 16 & 17, 2016, from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m., in Steele Indian School Park in Phoenix. It should be a really fun weekend, and a great opportunity to shop for some unique items that you won’t find at the big stores. Hope to see you there!
I’m excited about a new teaching arrangement that starts soon. In addition to teaching at one of my local quilt shops, 35th Ave Sew and Vac, I’m teaching sewing classes at TechShop Chandler starting this month. The first class is for a lined drawstring bag, a simple project that helps students feel more comfortable on the sewing machine and introduces basic sewing techniques.
TechShop is a playground for creativity. Part fabrication and prototyping studio, part hackerspace and part learning center, TechShop provides access to over $1 million worth of professional equipment and software. … at TechShop you can explore the world of making in a collaborative and creative environment.
They have multiple locations around the country, and I’ll be teaching at the Chandler, AZ location. It’s an exciting environment because of the sheer number of different types of equipment they have. Some of the things available to members include laser cutters, a machine shop, wood shop, metal working shop, and (where I’ll mostly be) a textiles department.
It’s pretty much a maker’s paradise.
I put together a curriculum of classes designed to help makers reach their goals through projects that provide exposure to different sewing room scenarios:
learning how to get started with sewing machine setup, including needle choice and installation, presser feet, notions, and thread
sewing different types of seams
installing closures like buttons and zippers
working with different types of fabric weaves, weights, and fibers
With these skills, makers will be able to gain experience with different sewing variables, be less intimidated in the textiles room, and create the project they envision in their heads.
In the first class in the series, students will learn how to sew a bag with a finished lining and drawstring. At the end of class, they’ll be able to:
choose needle and thread for fabric
create a lining
sew long, even lines
make a drawstring strap
finish ends of strap
piece together different fabrics
create a boxed bottom on a bag
Class Date: Thursday, Feb 25, 2016
Start Time: 6:00 PM
Class Length: 3 Hours
Member Price: $45.00
Non-member Price: $55.00
Lab Fee: $10.00
There are many things I’m enthusiastic about in the new year, and near the top of the list is teaching. I’ve always loved learning, and now I get to share with others that awesome feeling of learning something new.
My first class is a two-part workshop where students will learn how to design a one-of-a-kind jacket for their pet from scratch. In the first session, we’ll walk through drafting the jacket pattern step by step, and each student will leave with a complete pattern to test fit on their pet and measure for their fabric selections. This is where to get creative — some ideas include an upcycled tweed jacket (my favorite), pieced fabric scraps, or an old flannel shirt. In the second session, we’ll sew the jackets together and finish with snaps.
If you know someone in the Phoenix area with a sewing machine who’d enjoy making a jacket for the special pet in their life, you can share this link with them for more details and sign-up: http://bit.ly/pet-jacket-class
Class begins in Chandler, AZ, on Saturday, January 23, 2016.
From now until the end of the year, each Oxford Dogma sale means doubled contributions to a local shelter. I’ll be donating 10% of the purchase price for each item sold through my online shop or in person at Crafeteria.
When my husband’s mom saw pictures of the Pocket Critter interactive dog toy, she suggested I make a smaller cat version so she could put catnip in the pocket. Smart thinking! I made one as an experiment and liked it so much that it immediately went on my to-do list for Crafeteria 2015 prep.
This new toy is a great size for kitties to tussle with. If you’d like to get on my email list to stay updated on when they’ll be available in my Etsy shop, just enter your email address below:
The 10th annual Frances Crafeteria indie craft fair will be held on Friday, Dec. 4, and Oxford Dogma will be there! I’m especially happy to be a part of an event where all of the items for sale are 100% handmade and local. It’ll be a great chance to do some special holiday shopping for your friends and family, be they canine or otherwise.
There will be 40 makers with their items for sale, plus live music, and food. This handmade fair has been voted Best Indie Craft Festival by Phoenix New Times for the last three years and is free to attend.
December 4, 2015
10 West Camelback Rd
Phoenix, AZ 85013
I wasn’t necessarily looking for more wool sport jackets to use for projects, but I found several at the thrift store this week that really caught my eye. After washing and drying them, one felted nicely (and became a comically-shrunken jacket), so I’m excited to do something interesting with it.
I even found a nice long London Fog trench coat, which, from what I can track down, was made prior to 1976. One could spend hours tracking down this sort of information…for me, it’s good enough to know that it’s vintage. Once it’s turned into a jacket, I’d like to treat it with a waterproofing finish to help keep a little dog dry in wet weather.
Looking forward to repurposing these unique fabrics into something new!
This week, in addition to making Road Trip Leash Pouches, I’m preparing for the 1st Annual Petapalooza in Phoenix. It’s pet festival that started as a pet toy drive, but then grew into a whole afternoon of fun. There will be activities, music, food trucks (I’m particularly excited for the food trucks!), booths for people to sell their pet goods (like me), and adoptable pets.
I’ll be selling my handmade dog jackets, cotton leashes, leash pouches for dispensing clean-up bags, and Pocket Critter toys. I’ll also be bringing a new item to test out. It’s a fabric bin for storing toys, sized so that if it’s sitting on the floor a little dog can reach in and pull out their own toys. We love it when Pipsqueak does that — it shows such initiative.
If you’re in Phoenix this weekend stop by!
Event details: Sunday, November 8
2 p.m. – 6 p.m.
at the Aviano Community Park in Phoenix