New leash pouch colors for Spring

spring summer 2016 leash pouches

The Road Trip Leash Pouch is a handy little pouch that clips to a leash (or whatever loop you have handy) and dispenses a roll of dog clean-up bags. It’s like a tiny Dopp kit for your dog.

To get ready for warmer weather, and an upcoming arts and crafts festival, I looked to preppy summer classics for color and material inspiration. Think “Cape summers”.

It was a lot of fun expanding my color palette into lighter and brighter materials. This collection includes even more reclaimed materials, carefully selected to be durable and look refined. Some of the items that were upcycled into an accessory for someone’s special dog include:

  • khaki cargo shorts
  • heavy cotton twill pants
  • madras plaid
  • wool pants
  • cotton corduroy
  • button-down shirts

To see all of the newest options, visit the my shop.

Old-school metal buckle dog collars

dog collars made from upcycled silk ties and clothing

It’s been a lot of fun creating these new dog collars! When I set out to make collars, I knew that a traditional metal buckle would be part of the plan. The typical plastic snap buckles have their place and purpose, but I was getting tired of how much they hurt my fingers to use and how they get caught in Pipsqueak’s flowing mane.

A pink paisley collar made from an upcycled silk tie

The metal buckles are classic and old-school, which I love. They’re also a more classic shape, as opposed to a more contemporary, sharp-cornered buckle.

This collar design features upcycled materials reclaimed from silk ties, heavy cotton trousers, and button-down shirts. It’s a kick to repurpose these materials and give them new life. And they’re sturdy and substantial while being soft and flexible around your dog’s neck.

There are two sizes available:

  • Small: 5/8 inch wide, circumference of 10-11-12 inches
  • Medium: 3/4 inch wide, circumference of 13-14-15 inches

I could also make a 1 inch wide version (for a dog that needs a 16, 17, or 18 inch length) but that is one heavy buckle! So it’s something I’ll do as a special order for now.

Visit my Etsy shop if you’d like to get one for the special little dog in your life.

Dog collars in progress

collars in progress
Long thread tails ready for their clean finishing on this small batch of dog collars made from upcycled ties and trousers

My first small batch of dog collars is just about ready, and I’m really enjoying how crisp and refined they’re looking (and feeling). I made some improvements to my original prototype, including making them thicker and more substantial, and doubling up on my topstitching thread for a more striking accent along the top.

One of the most time-consuming aspects of my design is cleaning up the threads from sewing on the buckle (shown above). Simply clipping off the thread ends looked fine at first, but when I tugged on the flaps the stitches started to come loose. We don’t want that! So instead, I carefully tied the threads off, and buried them into the fabric for a clean and durable finish.

This batch is primarily made from reclaimed silk ties and cotton trousers. If you’d like to get an email when they’re available in my shop, just fill out the form below and I’ll be in touch.

preppy Kindle 3 sleeve

Flannel and Navy Kindle Sleeve

Building off of my iPad sleeve project, I customized this Kindle sleeve for my Kindle 3 by adjusting the pattern piece dimensions and rounding the button tab. I also used the lining fabric for the inside of the button flap to add a nice contrast on that piece.

cozy preppy Kindle 3 sleeve

When choosing the fabric combo from my stash for this project, I was inspired by these images of classic outdoorsy preppy styles:

casual preppy

warm and cozy classic preppy style