Keeping My Dogs Comfy ❤️

Several years ago I got the idea that I would make crate mats for my dogs…I used freezer paper to make my pattern…

Fleece and fleece lambs wool are wonderful to use and flannel also works but isn’t quite as plush…I use two layers of thermolamb plus as batting….

Here is my pattern so you can make one too!

Fleece crate mat for an 18 by 24 inch dog crate.

  • Materials needed…
  • 1 yard 60 inch wide fleece
  • 1 yard 60 inch wide lambs wool fleece
  • 1 and 1/2 yards 45 inch wide themolamb plus
  • Thread
  • Freezer paper
  • Scissors, cutting mat and rotary cutter and pinking sheers
  • June Tailor corner round template or a large glass or saucer
  • Quilting pins
  • Sewing machine

Tear off two long pieces of freezer paper at least 26 inches long and tape them together to make a wide piece…draw a rectangle on the freezer paper 26 by 19 1/2 inches…round off corners and cut out your pattern.

Cut out a crate mat top and bottom and two layers of the thermolamb plus..

Place the layers in this order..put the two layers of thermolamb down first then the crate mat bottom right side up and then the crate mat top right side down. If you layer in this order, when you turn your mat right side out after sewing, everything will be right where it’s supposed to be…

Pin well leaving a four or five inch opening on one end and sew all around with a 3/8 inch seam allowance.

Trim seams to 1/4 inch and pink around corners.

Reach in and turn your mat right side out.

Smooth out mat and turn in and sew opening closed by hand or machine using a 1/8 inch seam allowance.

Pin well around edges and put a couple of pins down the center.

Sew a row of stitching at 1 inch in all around outside edge of mat … then move in five inches and sew a square on the interior of the mat to hold it all together…

Your crate mat is all finished!

From Scraps To A Potholder!

Every few months I sort through my scrap bag(s)… I can’t seem to waste anything….I never buy more than I need and I don’t have a big stash of fabric, I just purchase what I need for the project I’m making…but every project will end up leaving a few scraps behind. I love those scraps and find them precious in the way of memories..

My granddaughter Paige is now 13 years old but when she was born I made her a sweet baby quilt which she still has…It left me with some wonderful scraps that got smaller and smaller with each scrap project I found to use them on until…today I used the last of them to make a potholder/trivet for my kitchen table…the scraps from Paige’s baby quilt are now all gone.

It was a quick fun project that allowed me to use the new serpentine stitch installed on my Bernina with the most recent update…I knew it was there but had not found an opportunity to give it a try and this potholder/trivet was the perfect project….I call it a pot holder/trivet because it’s an odd size…when using creative! Don’t worry about boundaries…go for what is fun and brings you joy!

I stitched strips together and trimmed them… I had an old cotton sheet that I had cut into good pieces and used that for the back of my potholder/trivet…

I used serpentine stitch 1396 with my 9 mm stitch plate and just went down each seam..

I used thermal batting to insulate the potholder/trivet…

Once the quilting was done I rounded off the corners and cleaned up each edge…

I used the last of the scraps to piece together a binding …

I joined the binding so it just fit the potholder and looked continuous…

I love hand sewing so I stitched the binding down by hand..

All done and ready to use for Sunday dinner this weekend..❤️

Taming Machine Embroidery Files

As you begin to use that beautiful new embroidery machine you will soon find lots and lots of designs on-line that grab your attention and give you ideas for projects that you can make and even if you are not a computer wizard, it’s easy to download and move a machine embroidery file to your machine…. let’s go get a design and drop it on a USB stick….

Each machine embroidery design website is different…. some have the color sheet/guide in a separate download or print off… some will have a little different route to your purchases (very often you will get an email confirming your purchase with a link to the download)… but once you get started, you can navigate almost any web site to find your purchased designs…

Have fun today and enjoy your sewing!