Archive for November, 2013

November 22nd, 2013

Tutorial: “Boutique Bones” Removable Dog Bed Cover

by Julie Hirt

Sew Lux Fabric challenged me to a duel!

Okay, not really.  It was a design challenge using 6 fat quarters from their shop.  Immediately I knew it was the perfect chance to make a dog bed cover.

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I picked some fabrics that I loved, ignoring the fact that Bojangles is a boy. Dogs are color-blind, right?

dcnov13-3.gif These lovely bundle is available at Sew Lux Fabric.


  • 6 Fat Quarters
  • 22″ or 24″ zipper
  • 32″ x 40″ piece of batting
  • 32″ x 40″ scrap backing fabric for quilting (which will be hidden)
  • 30″ x 38″ piece of duck cloth for bottom.  (You can really use anything, like flannel, fleece or cotton)

This will make a 28″ x 36″ removable dog bed cover that fits most of the larger sized dog beds. We have 3 different beds that are slightly different sizes and this fits all of them.

If you don’t have dog beds lying around you can easily make a filler bed:

  • Take muslin (or an old sheet) and cutting 2 rectangles 29 x 37.
  • Place right sides together, sew down 3 sides using a 1″ seam allowance.
  • Turn right side out, stuff with stuffing from a couple of old pillows and sew up the 4th side.

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Separate your fabrics into piles.  2 fabrics for ‘bones’, 2 fabrics for background, 1 for the corner squares and 1 for the border.

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All “strips” are 2.5″


  • From each fat quarter cut (six) 18″ strips. Take those 6 strips and cut from each:
    • (two) 6.5″ strips
    • (two) 2.5″ strips


  • From each fat quarter cut (three) 18″ strips. Take those 3 strips and cut from each:
    • (four) 4.5″ strips
  • From each fat quarter cut (two) 18″ strips. Take those 2 strips and cut from each:
    • (seven) 2.5″ squares

Corner Accents:

  • Cut (twenty four) 2.5″ squares


  • Your fat quarter MUST be at least 21″ wide.   Cut into (six) 21″+  strips.  If you have extra length, leave it!


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For each block pull:

Bones fabric:  (2) 2.5″ squares, (2) 6.5″ strips

Background fabric:  (4) 2.5″ squares, (2) 4.5″ strips

Corner fabric: (2) 2.5″ squares

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Lay out your fabrics like shown above.

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Sew the sides together.

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Lay your background fabrics on top of your bone fabrics like shown above.  Mark or crease a diagonal line in the same direction as shown.  Sew, iron, trim!

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It should now resemble this.

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Sew the strips together and you have a “boutique bone” block.

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Create a total of 12 Boutique Bone blocks and sew them together into three rows of four.  Then sew the rows together forming one large rectangle.

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This is a tight fit so sew accordingly.   Attach your strips end to end using a 1/4″ seam allowance so you have one long border piece. Iron open.

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This will be a close fit, so don’t waste the border fabric by leaving a lot of overhang!

  • Place your border onto a side (right sides together).   Line up with top edge and sew down.  Cut the border fabric even with main block when you reach the end.
  • Now place your border (right sides together) on the opposite side.  Line it up with the top edge and sew down.  Cut the border fabric even with main block when you reach the end.
  • Repeat for the other 2 sides.



I forgot to take a picture!  

  • Sandwich your fabrics:  scrap backing fabric (facing down), batting, bones (right side up).
  • Quilt however you’d like.
  • Trim to the border.

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Place your zipper right side down along the short edge of your quilted bones (see above).

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Pin in place and stitch down using a zipper foot.

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Now open it up and top stitch, securing your fabric and zipper.

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Place your bones (facing down) onto your duck cloth (or other fabric, right side up).  Pin the zipper in place like above.

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Sew with a zipper foot and top stitch in place.

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Place your top and bottom right sides together, pin all the way around.

When you get to the zipper UNZIP IT!  Kind of pull the zipper to the outside of the sandwich and pin in place.

Sew along the edges using a 1/2″ seam alowance.  Sew about 1/2″ into each side where the zipper is. Be sure to secure with back stitches.

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Turn it right side out through the zipper hole.

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Hope you enjoyed this.  If you make one, be sure to share it with me!  Thanks again to Sew Lux Fabric.


November 15th, 2013

Thursday Threads is Taking a Sabbatical

by Julie Hirt

It’s time to say adieu.  At least temporarily.

My link party account is getting ready to expire and with the Holidays coming up, I think it’s a good time to work on some projects and give Thursday Threads a little break.

The linky party will be returning after the New Year, so keep me in mind!  Thank you for all of the link ups, it’s so much fun to see what everyone is working on.




November 10th, 2013

Ornaments with Felt, Sequins & Beads

by Julie Hirt

I’ve been all over the place regarding crafts this weekend.  I’ve worked on making a dog bed, ornaments, crochet rug, and on my Countdown to Christmas calendar.

Thanks to this awesome aqua deer ornament from Thrift Store Crafter (Sarah even has a free pattern!), I got the urge to create some ornaments.

I pulled out my felt, sequins, beads and threads and starting browsing the Googles machine for ideas.  So far I’ve made:

felt bird

This little bird was my first attempt. I totally stole the idea from somewhere online, but I can’t find the source now.

felt owl

This little owl idea is stolen from a brooch I saw :)

dala horse ornament

Dala horse –  it’s my favorite.  I actually came up with this one on my own.

Now that I have all my supplies out I’m going to try and create some vintage looking ornaments.  I’ll definitely be making Sarah’s deer pattern as well.

Hope you’re having a great weekend.



November 6th, 2013

Thursday Threads 11/7

by Julie Hirt

First, let me apologize for all of the low quality pictures in this post.  They are all off my phone or Facebook uploads.  Second, this is a LONG post.

Last week I said I’d share pics of the costumes I made and finally, I have photographic evidence! dalmation

My friend, Christina, was a dalmation.  Simple dress to stitch up and we added the ears to a headband.  She’s fostered a lot of dogs this year, so it was a fitting costume for her.

ben franklin colonial thing

My brother wanted a Colonial man type outfit. At one point in the evening I think he referred to himself as Benjamin Franklin. ha!  I wish you could see the breeches, white socks and buckles on the shoes!  This was a lot more work and I didn’t have a pattern, so I was pretty happy with how it turned out.  I don’t really sew a lot of clothing.


Last night I got crazy and decided to rip an old queen sheet into strips and crochet them together.

crochet sheets

According to Instagram I should make a rug out of it.  I just may do that.

crochet with sheets

I’ll have to rip up some more sheets if I make a rug.  Believe it or not this is 2/3 of a queen sheet and it’s only about 16″ wide.

I’m using a size N hook and 3/4″ sheet strips.  I attached the strip ends together with a zig-zag stitch because I don’t like the bumps and knots other methods result in.


  • Chain 5 and Slip Stitch
  • Rnd 1: 8 SC  in the center and slip stitch to join.
  • Rnd 2: Ch 3, 1 DC in same stitch, 2 DC in each stitch around. (16 total including chain) Slip Stitch in top of CH 3 to join.
  • Rnd 3: Ch 3, 1 DC in same stitch,  *DC in next stitch, 2 DC in the next stitch.  Repeat from * around.   Slip Stitch in top of CH 3 to join.
  • Rnd 4: Ch 3, 1 DC in same stitch,  *DC in next 2 stitches, 2 DC in the next stitch.  Repeat from * around.   Slip Stitch in top of CH 3 to join.
  • Rnd 5: Ch 3, 1 DC in same stitch,  *DC in next 3 stitches, 2 DC in the next stitch.  Repeat from * around.   Slip Stitch in top of CH 3 to join.
  • Rnd 6: Ch 3, 1 DC in same stitch,  *DC in next 4 stitches, 2 DC in the next stitch.  Repeat from * around.   Slip Stitch in top of CH 3 to join.
  • Rnd 7: Ch 3, 1 DC in same stitch,  *DC in next 5 stitches, 2 DC in the next stitch.  Repeat from * around.   Slip Stitch in top of CH 3 to join.
  • — follow the pattern until it’s as big as you want by increasing the number in red for each additional round.


KNITTING.  knitted socks

Do any of you knit? Do you knit socks? I just don’t have the patience for knitting and I wish I did.   My latest Etsy purchase – wool socks!  I wish I could make my own.

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Let’s take a week at some of last weeks link ups:


Eeeeee! I love this little Rudolph ornament from Thrift Store Crafter.



Beautiful Fall Quilt from Iron Violet Designs.


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Great colors in this Flying to Paradise WIP from Modern Tradition Quilts.

What’s up your sleeve this week?






November 1st, 2013

Scrappy Trip Bee – Round 3 is OPEN

by Julie Hirt

It’s that time!   scrappytripbee


Round 3 is OPEN!   Sign up form is here.


  • Round 3 blocks need to be shipped by January 15th.  Plenty of time, even with the holidays!
  • We will be using Quiltville’s Scrappy Trip Along the World tutorial using 6 fabric strips. Unfinished blocks will be 12.5″
  • Fabric: Use designer, quilt shop quality fabrics.
  • Each person will make 5 blocks. One for each member of their honeycomb.
  • You will receive 5 different blocks at the end of each round. One from each member of your honeycomb.
  • Need to be willing to ship internationally. Will do my best to limit international to 1 or 2 per honeycomb.
  • The form asks you to suggest color preferences for your blocks.

All the information above can be found at the Flickr Group.  Be sure to join if you are participating.


Here are a few examples of the blocks made from the last round:

1. Scrappy Trip Bee, 2. Scrappy Trip Block for Olivia, 3. Scrappy Trip Bee – Honeycomb 7, 4. Scrappy Trip Bee – Honeycomb 7, 5. STW Hive 7 Angela, 6. Swap block #2 #scrappytripalong, 7. R2 Hive1 For Julie, 8. Round 2 Group 4, 9. Scrappy Trip Around the World


This block makes some great looking quilts.  Flickr is full of them!

1. Finished Chicopee Scrappy Trip Quilt, 2. Scrappy Trips, 3. Scrappy Trips finished!, 4. Scrappy Trip Along


Hope you join us!





EDIT 11/4/13 – This round is full

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