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21  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Dog hiking backpack - tutorial with pics on: July 07, 2009 06:38:42 AM
Thanks everyone for the kind words!  I know the design isn't original, I looked at a lot of dog backpacks for ideas.  However, there have been many times that I've seen something I wanted to make, but couldn't quite wrap my head around it and a picture would have helped a lot. 

I look forward to seeing all the dog/cat/ferret backpacks you guys make!  Cats carrying sandwiches!  Min pins carrying kleenex!  It's madness!!!

p.s. Jeff now knows that when I get his backpack out, it's time for a walk.  The trouble is getting him to hold still long enough for me to put it on.

p.p.s. If I were to make one modification to the design, it would be to add reflective strips or make it out of neon yellow material or clip a red blinking light to it.  A couple times when we were out at dusk it would have made me feel much safer if dingus Jeff were a little more visible to cars.
22  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Doxie Knap-Sac on: July 07, 2009 06:17:36 AM
A dachshund backpack with dachshunds on it!  It's META DACHSHUND!!!!!  Love it!
23  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / Dog hiking backpack - tutorial with pics on: June 19, 2009 09:51:53 PM
I've learned that I'm way more likely to exercise if I have some company while I do it, so to that end I've started taking my dog Jeff with me when I run intervals in the park by my house.  Some things I learned from our first run: 1) Jeff gets tired and could use a drink after about 20 minutes, 2) there are no spigots, water fountains or trash cans for miles, apparently, and 3) it is no fun to run while holding a bag of poop (or two).

Hence the doggie backpack.  This is meant for light use, carrying some bags/water/full poop bags until they can be disposed of, and for no more than an hour at a time (because honestly, I can't last that long either).  It has a handle for easy placement upon the dog's back, and a padded chest strap.  I added a pad to the girth strap after I took these pictures.

Size: Jeff is medium-sized, about 55 lbs.  He measured about 28" around at the chest, behind the forelegs, and about 18" across the front of the chest to the point above his elbows.

About 1/2 yard or so of fabric (I used camo duck cloth, but if you want something more durable, I would try a ripstop nylon)
1" nylon webbing, about a yard and change
Two 9" zippers (I used 7" because that's what I had)
Two plastic buckles for 1" webbing
Scrap batting (I used fleece, again out of convenience)
A lighter or match, to melt the cut ends of the nylon webbing

All seam allowances are 1/2" unless otherwise noted.

Cut two rectangles 21" x 9.5" and curve the corners.  Pin right sides together.

Sew around the outside, leaving a small opening.  Turn inside out and fold the edges under in the opening.  Press.

Sew the opening shut close to the edge (if you're extra special, hand sew the opening shut to hide the stitches).  Top stitch 1/4" in from the edge.

(Instructions are for one pocket, repeat for the second pocket.)
Cut one rectangle 8.5" W x 10.5" H (A), and one 10.5" W x 7.5" H (B).

Fold (B) in half width-wise and mark 1.5" from fold on top and bottom, both sides.  Lay flat.

Fold between the marks and press.  Fold each pressed line in towards center about 1/2" to create a box pleat.  (B) should now be the same width as (A).  Pin in place.

Baste the pleats in place.

Pin the zipper face down along the edge of (A).  Sew.

Flip the zipper back and place so zipper and (A) are face down on (B).

Pin and stitch in place.

Open the layers and press the seam allowance away from the zipper.

Top stitch.

Open the zipper halfway and fold the pocket in half, right sides in, so free edges are aligned.  Pin in place.  Stitch around the sides and bottom.

Pull the layers apart so that two folds run at 45 degrees from the corner.  Stitch across these layers, perpendicular to the bottom seam.  Clip the corner (not pictured).

Repeat for the opposite side.

Turn inside out and press.  Repeat for second pocket.

Align the bottom edges of the pockets with the bottom of the saddle base.  Pin in place by the top edge.  Stitch across the top edge.  (I did a double line of stitching for extra strength.)

Cut a length of nylon webbing slightly longer than the width of the saddle base.  Melt the ends with the lighter.  Pin in place along the midline.

Stitch the ends in place using an "X in the box" stitching line (Do this every time you tack down the end of a strap).

Cut a rectangle 14" L x 3.5" W, two from fabric, one from batting/padding/fleece. Curve the corners to create an oblong shape.  Cut a rectangle 12.5" x 3.5" from fabric.

Flip edges under on the rectangle, press and stitch.  

Pin in place centered on one of the oblongs, both right sides up.

Baste across the long edges (not pictured).  Place a length of the 1" nylon webbing lengthwise along the center of the oblong.  This will be used as a guide for stitching the strap channel.

Stitch down the length of the webbing creating a channel.  Stitch as close to the webbing as you can manage without stitching over it.

Stitch on both sides of the webbing.  Your channel should look like this.

Lay the three pieces in the following order: batting, plain oblong right side up, channel oblong right side down.

Pin in place.

Stitch around the outside, leaving a small opening (not too small, otherwise it's a pain in the rear to turn inside out).


...press, and stitch the opening closed.  Topstitch 1/4" in from the edge.

Flip the pockets up.  Place the chest buckle about 3.5" above the bottom edge, and in far enough so the whole buckle lays on the saddle base.  Mark with a pin.  Cut a 3" length of webbing, fuse ends, and tack down female end of the buckle, aligning the edge of the buckle with your pin.

Slip the chest pad onto the webbing.  Mark the corresponding spot on the opposite side of the saddle base.  At this point, check the fit on your dog!  Trim the webbing and tack down the end.  It's always better to leave a little extra and trim the excess later.

Align the girth buckle perpendicular to the chest buckle, about 3" in from the posterior edge.  Tack down in the same manner as the chest strap.  Find the corresponding point on the opposite side of the saddle base.  Tack down the edge of the girth strap.

Check the fit, trim the end of the girth strap, and buckle.  Tada!

24  GLASS CRAFTS / Glass Crafts: Completed Projects / Re: Funky Flowers Mosaic Window (Pictures Galore) on: June 18, 2009 09:20:10 AM
Beautiful!  what kind of glue did you use?
25  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Re: Phallic 40 oz. cozy = NSFW, NSFK on: June 01, 2009 06:29:45 AM
Thanks everyone for the kind words!! I'm touched you guys appreciate it, and I'm glad I could brighten a few days  Grin

The cluster of phallic cacti in the background is a nice touch lol
I'm glad someone noticed. Smiley Wish I could say I planned that.

Did you keep the bottle in there?
I used an empty 40 to help with shaping during the making. I switched it out for a full one before giving it to him.

Penis juice, yum LOL.
Penis juice apparently tastes like Colt 45.

He should take this everywhere with him and drink from it often. LOL! ... I can't wait to show this to my husband. I only ever really show him the NSFW stuff, so he thinks that all crocheters are dirty girls.  Wink
He did, and does. Those are only the nicer action shots out of many, many taken over the Memorial Day weekend.

And yes, we are. At least the fun ones are.

How in the world did you code it to spin?
I just made an animated GIF using Adobe Photoshop and ImageReady. There are tutorials available Wink

you should totally sell these, i bet everyone knows someone who'd love to get one!
I would love to, but for me these kinds of projects are a labor of love. I don't have the time to make enough to sell, but I can post a tutorial of sorts with as many of the details of construction as I can recall, if there's a demand for it.
26  CROCHET / Crochet: Completed Projects / Phallic 40 oz. cozy = NSFW, NSFK on: May 31, 2009 07:12:22 PM

So, now that caveat's out of the way, let me say that the great thing about being a craftster is that your skill set allows you to take a joke way, way too far.

Case in point:
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I made this for a buddy's birthday, at his suggestion.  I don't think he thought I'd actually make it (though if he'd seen my shocker mittens he would have https://www.craftster.org/forum/index.php?topic=73948.0).  There was some discussion about the color, but when I saw this yarn that was so blatantly FLESH TONE (no flesh tone found in nature), I was sold.

I'm actually quite proud of the construction. The whole thing is crocheted from the bottom up, then switches to a 2x2 knit rib at the point where the bottle starts to taper. The rib helps snug the cozy up around the bottle. Then there's a series of yarn-overs for the drawstring before switching back to crochet.

The cozy continues in single crochet with gradual increases to form the flared corona of the glans. Then the whole thing is flipped back down and sewn right below the ribbing, after stuffing with a bit of polyfill.

I don't have a shot of the scrotum, but it's basically two crocheted domes that were joined together and continued for a bit before being sewn onto the base of the cozy.  The sweet part is that I stuffed them with two of these, for a more realistic texture:

White drawstring was inserted, a few chain-stitched veins, and voila...

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And, 'cause you know I had to, some reaction and action shots:

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Sorry guys.  Undecided
27  BATH AND BEAUTY / Bath and Beauty: Completed Projects / Re: Show Off Your Hair! on: March 31, 2009 08:32:47 AM
I got this crazy haircut a few weeks ago from Tarrah at Crazy Mullets in Lakewood, OH (no, I don't work for them, but I had to give them credit).  It's a bit more emo than I'm used to Cheesy but I really like it.  I'd like to get a better pic, but for now...

The second pic is me being a goofball in the St. Paddy's parade, but it shows the shape well.  And I dyed parts green.
28  KNITTING / Knitting: Completed Projects / Re: Overlong neckwarmer on: March 10, 2009 12:50:53 PM
I love it!  I love the scale, I think it's perfect.  Any longer and it might look like a giant scarf is trying to eat you, but at this length it looks perfect!  Huge and sculptural.
29  CLOTHING / Clothing: Completed Projects: General / Re: Flies on a slip on: March 08, 2009 08:05:03 AM
Beautiful work on the flies
30  IMAGE REPRODUCTION TECHNIQUES / Stenciling: Completed Projects / Re: my dad is a biking fiend (quite a large sum of pictures) on: December 25, 2008 02:23:23 PM
That's amazing!  Did you cut out that stencil all by hand?  That looks incredibly intricate.  My dad's also a bike nut and he's doing an interior decorating project where he might need a bike stencil.  I might have to tell him to suck it up and cut it out the hard way!
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