IT'S A DOGS LIFE... - Baby Kay's Appliques
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Who doesn't have a sweet family Dog in their lives...or at the very least, have a favorite pet who really belongs to someone else?It's a given...most families do!

Today's project is going to be focused on something super cute for my sisters dog...his name is Sammy!How about a little step by step tutorial to make it easier for everyone else to make one too?

I've been making personalized dog scarves for our pets for quite some time now...and my little sister tells me her “Sammy” is super jealous about it!Let's remedy that real quick!

Here's how I made mine...

I cut an 18” square of medium weight 100% cotton twill fabric (this fabric is heavier than the basic solid has more body and that helps keep my embroidery and applique I chose to put on it nice and pucker free).

Please note that you may need to adjust the size you cut the square to fit your dog proportionally...I had my sister measure the dog scarf the groomer gave her on her last visit...and I cut a square based on those measurements.Groomers dog scarves are usually just a triangle...however, I am going to make mine “lined” by using a square...making a full square from a triangle.

I took just the “PAW” applique from the LOVE PAWPRINT applique design (5x7 size) from Baby Kay's and used it in combination with Sammy's name....using the 2” size font called Quirky Girl!

Now how cute is that idea?

Here's my scarf...loaded onto my 7” Fast Frame (I put sticky onto the frame and NO Show Mesh on the backside of the corner of the scarf...for stability).This item will no doubt get laundered occasionally, so I want to be sure it holds the design shape well.

I measured 5” from the corner of the scarf to the center of the design and made a mark with a water soluble pen.

YES...I love my Red Wonder Clips for massive control...


Once I stitched out my cute little paw applique and Sammy's name across the top, I go ahead and remove it from the frame.Then I lay the square flat on the table and bring the one corner, right sides together, on top of the corner where my design is...

Pin it sure to leave a 4-5 inch opening for turning the scarf right sides out later!Here is mine...all ready to be sewn to make it a lined scarf...the white arrow points to where I left the 4 inch opening on mine.I like locating it “away” from the corner where the design is at.

Remember...your square is folded right sides together...forming a triangle.

Sew your triangle scarf, using a 1/2” seam allowance and then clip the corners before turning it right sides out and press it well.I really only concern myself with making the tip of the design corner look nice...simply because it is what you will see when your pet is wearing the scarf.I then top stitch it all the way around, which will stitch the opening closed at the same time.

Now isn't this the cutest?

Tip...Before I tie the dog scarf on my puppy I fold down the flat end...where the fold is... (which is the end parallel to the corner where your design is on) until it fits my dog the way I want it.This “folding down” process also gives you an ample length to tie the scarf onto your dog.This is a personal choice...depending on how big you want the scarf to be on your dog and whether or not you want them to wear it across their chest or on their back.

Here's my sweet Dog Scarf Model...isn't she adorable?


-Love Pawprint Design (I used just the PAW Applique from the 5x7 size)

-Quirky Girl Font (I used the 2” size)

-Thread (Exquisite Brand) Red #3015 Black #020 Blue#409

-Fabric (Red and Black Checked-Carolina Gingham Scarlet by Robert Kaufman...Scarf-100% Cotton Twill-Sand Color (from Joann's)

-Fast Frame (I used the 7x7 inch size)

-Perfect Stick Stabilizer (I used Floriani Brand)

-Fusible NO Show Mesh (I used Floriani Brand)

-WSS (off Brand)

-Heat and Bond Lite Fusible for the Applique fabric (Hobby Lobby, Joann's, Walmart and On Line)

-Clover Wonder Clips (Hobby Lobby, Joann's, Amazon and Quilt Shops)

-Water Soluble Pen for Marking Center of design

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