I’ve been spotting some fun ways to use a stripe and not in a traditional vertical or horizontal position. Placed at various diagonals, the simple stripe can be turned into something new and interesting. For my latest Laura Ashley project, I thought it would be fun to take their awning stripe and try it in a new way for a unique throw pillow.
We interrupt the holiday madness to bring you adorableness in the form of Banksy, the sweetest of all pups. This guy was kind enough to model the latest craze in K9 style, the bow tie, my latest DIY for the Laura Ashley blog (see more pics here). I don’t have a dog, but if I did, he and/or she would certainly don a tie.
See below for more adorable photos of Banksy being a good sport.
Step 1: Depending on the size of your dog, figure out what size you want the bow tie to be. The dog I was making the bow tie for is a bit larger so I chose to make the bow tie a 8”x 3” rectangle. Add 1” to the width measurement to account for seam allowances.
Step 2: Cut out your fabric. I cut mine out 8”x 4” (an extra inch for seam allowance).
Step 3: With right sides together, fold each end into the center, then sew each long side at a ½”. Press seams open and then turn right side out.
Step 4: For the strap, cut out a long strip of fabric 3” wide. With right sides together fold in half and press. Sew along the edge forming a tube. Turn right side out and press. Optional: Edge-stitch the strap.
Step 5: At the center of the collar strap, attach the bow tie by sewing a line through the center of the bow tie and strap.
Step 6: Cut out a small piece of fabric about an inch wide and 3” in length. Press under the raw edges. Scrunch the bow tie at the center and wrap the small piece of fabric around the bow tie and collar strap. You can either hand sew or hot glue the end of the fabric to the back of the collar.
Step 7: Using your dog’s neck for reference, figure out where to place your buttons and buttonhole. Then, sew on buttons and add buttonholes.
Donzo! It’s so simple! Now go adorn your cute pup!
If you’d prefer not to make it yourself, here are some cute ones to shop for:
My latest post for the Laura Ashley blog is out and I’m showing how to make envelope liners from wallpaper scraps. I love how they turn an envelope into something delightfully unexpected. And they’re so easy to do! If you’re a snail mailer like me you’ll love this detail.
glue stick or adhesive spray
Place your envelope on of the wallpaper.
Trace around the tip of the envelope with a pencil. You do not need to have the wallpaper go to the very bottom of the envelope. Have enough so that it covers the area that will be seen.
Cut it out.
Place the liner inside the envelope. You amy need to trim a bit off on the sides.
Aaaaand, here’s my latest for Laura Ashley, a reversible tea towel beach bag. Laura Ashley has the cutest tea towel set and I wanted to use it in a new way. After figuring out the possibilities, I thought a beach bag would be perfect for the summer and I love how it turned out.
If you’re just joining Lars now, welcome! Sit back or pull up a chair and make some things with me. Last year I entered a Kentucky Derby hat contest at the Today Show (see the clip here). They flew me out to NYC for a live show and I won! I won a 3′ trophy. I thought I’d show you how to make it yourself. This one is almost twice as large as the one I made for the show (see the one from the show here), but it shows you can make it in a variety of sizes.
This time I used a Laura Ashley scarf to tie around my neck to hold it in place and I provided the tutorial on Laura Ashley’s blog in addition to below.