How cute are these?! Here are heaps & heaps of Valentine’s Day DIY projects for your cat. Be sure to add some catnip to their stuffing. All of these patterns are free. But don’t be a tool and use patterns to make things to sell if the author asks you not to. And please support the people providing all these patterns if they have etsy shops, stores, books, or patterns for sale. These people totally rock for providing these patterns for free!
Last week’s post on the DIY Dog Rain Coat got me to thinking about all the other DIY dog coats & sweaters I’ve written about. Here are a bunch of tutorials on how to make your dog her own coat—everything from upcycling to sewing to knitting to even weaving.
Heather, of Heatherly Loves, used an old dog coat as a pattern to cut out pieces from some oil cloth she had left over from another project. She used left-over knit fabric to line the coat, but knit can be fussy to sew. I would either not line the coat or would use flannel or light fleece. The result is a very functional, thrifty rain coat that looks really cute. I like that the belly strap is further back, though you’ll want to be sure a male dog won’t get pee on it. Saffron still shakes herself off even when wearing a coat and it always leaves the end of her coat flipped up. Having the strap further back might keep this from happening.
Here are a ton of DIY cat toys! One of my pet peeves (groan!) is ugly pet toys . I like them to be colorful, cute, and/or funny, and the easiest way to achieve that is to make your own. The great thing about DIY cat toys is they take very little fabric, yarn, etc. and they’re usually quick to make. All of the toys below will make nice gifts for kitties and their people. Have fun!
Dear Internet, I freakin’ love you! Through you I find fascinating people, learn cool things, and find neato-keen projects. This geeky, crafty, cool dog collar has all three things going for it. Yea!
Check out this nifty DIY dog collar project. You get to solder AND sew! Please note: This collar is not for finding your lost dog because the collar doesn’t have a transmitter. It is meant to track you & your dog’s progress & distance on walks. You can map your walks or if you have a large property you can see where your dog spends her time by downloading the GPS data from her collar at the end of the day.
The tutorial is by Limor Fried aka ladyada. Limor is an MIT educated electrical engineer and owner of Adafruit Industries, supplier of parts & designer of kits for DIY electronics projects. She’s an big advocate for open-source hardware.
Her user-name, ladyada, is a reference to Lady Ada Lovelace, a super cool woman in her own right. Ada Lovelace was a mathematician, writer & translator in the mid 1800’s. She’s widely attributed with writing the first “computer program”. Awesome stuff!