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Homemade Hoodies and Collars :)

Smiley14
March 1st, 2009, 10:38 PM
My Mom made matching hoodies for Belle and Jelly! :) SOOO cute! We found a pattern on Simplicity! We estimate these cost about $3.50 each. Very cool! :)
http://i239.photobucket.com/albums/ff58/smileysteph14/Izatys004.jpg
http://i239.photobucket.com/albums/ff58/smileysteph14/Izatysday2003.jpg
http://i239.photobucket.com/albums/ff58/smileysteph14/Homemadehoodiesandcollars014.jpg

Smiley14
March 1st, 2009, 10:39 PM
And I made more collars!!! I'm on a roll now! :)

I learned how to make fabric collars now too!
http://i239.photobucket.com/albums/ff58/smileysteph14/Makingcollars002.jpg
http://i239.photobucket.com/albums/ff58/smileysteph14/Makingcollars004.jpg
http://i239.photobucket.com/albums/ff58/smileysteph14/Homemadehoodiesandcollars055.jpg

Smiley14
March 1st, 2009, 10:40 PM
And some more ribbon collars! :)

http://i239.photobucket.com/albums/ff58/smileysteph14/Izatysday2001.jpg
http://i239.photobucket.com/albums/ff58/smileysteph14/Izatysday2005.jpg

I actually find the fabric ones easier to make so I think I'll make mostly those going forward. But I already bought tons of ribbon I need to use up as well, so I'll be making collars for a while I think, LOL! It's SO fun though!

hazelrunpack
March 1st, 2009, 10:51 PM
They're soooooo cute!!! The collars and Petey, Jelly and Belle in them! :flirt:

I love the hoodies, too--Jelly is looking so grown up! :D So nice of your mom to make them for the girl! :cloud9:

Those collars are beautiful, Smiley. You ought to go into business making them! Low overhead, light so they ship easily, and they're adorable! :thumbs up

pitgrrl
March 1st, 2009, 10:56 PM
:eek:Those hoodies and collars are amazing!!! Seriously, I love them!

growler~GateKeeper
March 2nd, 2009, 12:26 AM
The hoodies are fabulous :highfive:

Love all the collars :D what a great idea to do some of Peteys' as the reverse of Belle & Jellys' collars :thumbs up

Dracko
March 2nd, 2009, 01:15 AM
I have to laugh. You have your mom enabling your obsession now, too. :laughing:

Those collars and clothes look so nice. Definitely the best dressed doggies in town.

I love how so many of your pictures show all 3 of them closely together. Like they are so bonded. Do they ever have tiffs?

angeldogs
March 2nd, 2009, 07:26 AM
The hoodies are great,you are doing an awsome job with you collars and your sewing.the kids look cute in there hoodies and collars.

Masha
March 2nd, 2009, 07:28 AM
you should try to sell these... these collars are more beautiful and stylish than any i have seen in the stores here in toronto... there are a lot of specialty dog boutiques that may be very interested in your product (clothes, collars, etc.)

good luck!

Masha
March 2nd, 2009, 07:30 AM
oops just noticed that you are in the US :) well i dont know what kind of products are available in US but here in canada, i am sure you could make a hit!

onster
March 2nd, 2009, 03:20 PM
You are on a roll smiley!!!

You should definately think of selling your collars. They are awesome. And the hoodies - so cute!!!

Selling them in botiques is such a good idea :thumbs up PB&J colllars :D

chico2
March 2nd, 2009, 05:39 PM
OH,Oh,mom is involved:laughing:
I am hoping those 3 sweeties have a huge closet:laughing:
Poor little Bailey(my walking-buddy) only has 2 sweaters and I bought those.

You could also sell some on E-Bay,but I bet you don't want to part with anything,right:laughing:

Masha
March 2nd, 2009, 07:26 PM
PB&J colllars :D

Ooooh, this is a perfect brand name!!!!

JennieV
March 2nd, 2009, 08:39 PM
The collars are beautiful! and you could make sets of jammies+collars to match...
The only thing I would suggest is that you try a free to post site first, before you hit EBay, as with EBay you will have to pay posting fees regardless if you sold your item or not..lol
I would definitely look into this, the collars are adorable!!

happycats
March 2nd, 2009, 08:45 PM
Beautiful! what an amazing job, I love them all!!

You really should go into business.

Ummmm, are you taking pets.ca orders? :o

Smiley14
March 2nd, 2009, 09:08 PM
Oh my goodness, thank you all so much for the kind words!!! I don't think I would ever try to go into business, but if anyone here would like me to make them one, I can sure try! Keep in mind, up until a few weeks ago, I had never touched a sewing machine before, so I am still a complete novice and not a very good sewer yet. My stitching isn't very straight and these have only been tested for a very short amount of time on my own dogs so far. Full disclosure and all that, LOL! I can also try to write up some instructions if someone wants to try it for themselves too! I just buy the hardware and nylon webbing online and the ribbon and fabric in local stores. They're easy and cheap to make, so a great project for anyone with a sewing machine to try! :)

I'm going to be ordering some more hardware, including a few breakaway buckles for cat collars as my sister wants a couple for her kitty. So we'll see how that experiment goes too, LOL!

For the ribbon collars, you need:
nylon webbing
Ribbon
Extra Strength Thread
Heat-n-bond strips or wonderunder or some kind of double-sided interface
Buckle,
Slider
D-Ring

For the Fabric collars:
Fabric (at least big enough to cut a strip four times the final width of the collar and the length of the collar. For example, Petey's neck is 16 inches and wears one inch collars. I cut a strip four inches by 28 inches in length. 16 inch neck size + 6 inches + # of inches you want collar to be adjustable by. I take the neck size + 12 inches. I've seen fabric collars made from cotton or flannel or corduroy).
Medium to Heavy weight Interface (I've seen some fabric collars that are thicker, so I might experiment with some kind of thin padding as well, not sure)
Extra Strength Thread
Buckle
Slider
D-Ring

Chaser
March 2nd, 2009, 09:49 PM
Those are SOOO amazing!!!! I would buy those brown and blue polka dot ones in a second for my pups! :lovestruck: It''s hard to believe you just learned to make them. You really should consider starting a business!

happycats
March 3rd, 2009, 07:05 AM
How about a collar for every season! Halloween, Christmas, Easter, St patricks, Valentines, Thanksgiving, Canada day.and would add a little clip to make his dog tags go easily from collar to collar!! :)

I'd have the coolest dog in town with those collars!!

Smiley14
March 3rd, 2009, 08:32 PM
LOL, I'm embarrassed to admit that my dogs do have matching collars for every holiday and season and tons more just for fun on top of that. Which is why I finally decided to learn how to make them myself. It was getting too expensive to buy so many, LOL!

CClover
March 3rd, 2009, 11:43 PM
Great job! I just love the orange collars they look like candy!:lovestruck:

breeze
March 4th, 2009, 07:31 AM
GREAT JOB !!!!!! :thumbs up :highfive: love all the colors and the hoodies

did you make a St. Patrick's day one or three??:D can we see them pppplllleeeeaaaasssseeee.

BenMax
March 4th, 2009, 08:41 AM
Girl - they are gorgeous. Why not go onto e-bay and try??? You may be the next millionaire...you never know. If I had that talent, I am telling you - I would be marketing this. Don't put your talent on the shelf - share it and make a profit! You can do this, and I for one would buy...you have something here.

Also, why not go to the petfood outlet (no animal sales) and put on consignment? There is nothing to loose for the store, nor you.... GO FOR IT!!!:thumbs up

14+kitties
March 4th, 2009, 08:47 AM
Very very neat! I guess the pups will need another closet soon? :rolleyes: Mom helping your obsession .......... :eek: :D Great job!!!!

ancientgirl
March 5th, 2009, 11:25 AM
Those hoodies are adorable! And the collars! Wow, those are lovely!

You really should think about selling those.

I wish I could make my own, but I don't have an extra room I could dedicate to having the stuff in there, and with 5 curious cats around, it would be only a matter of time before one of them swallowed something they shouldn't.

I love the polka dot collars, those are just gorgeous! Seriously, you need to sell these! I know I'd at least be good for 5!