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  • Dog Crafts! Fuzzy Projects for Furry Friends


    Hey Craft Family! 

    “It doesn’t matter if you’re a cat or dog person, we all love our pets!”

    Except for this post.  

    Because dogs are going to be the star of the show today! 

    Admit it, we’ve all been caught spoiling our dogs with whatever we can think of. Extra food, treats, our usual side of the bed, you name it! So, why can’t we spoil them with crafts? Pet clothing has been growing significantly more popular throughout the years, and people can’t stop finding new outfits to style their furry best friend in. So, we’ve made a few suggestions for your next gift for Fido! Let’s get started. 


    Dog Royalty: Suave and Stylish Knits for the Park

    Give your dog that extra pep in his step with the right outfit for the day! Like these designs: 

    From Knits for Pets - # 75622

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    I know that it's summer, but this is the perfect time to start working on these patterns so they can be read by the fall. Plus come on, look at these dogs! They are owning it in their outfits.



    If your dog is anything like mine, then wearing an outfit is a constant uphill battle. Which is why when making crafts for your dog, you sometimes have to improvise. My dog won't wear a full coat, or any type of shirt without trying to eat it, so I make him small scarves, or cute collars instead! Other things you can make could be toys, or plush animals for them to play with! Here are a few examples of some accessories that you can make for your dog.

    Knits For Pets - # 75622 

    Dog Plush Toy

    A New Twist on Macrame - # 75597

    Dog Collar

    Learn To Crochet Toys - # 6188

    Dog Toy

    Sweet Pet Comforts - # 36075274

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    Baby toys might seem like a stretch for dog gifts, but it's actually a great idea for puppies, who get easily amused and need a lot of attention when you first get them. The plush toys, like the one mentioned above, are just as important to puppy, and most of the time they'll become attached to it!


    Dogs are companion creatures, which means that wherever you go, they go. You're the first thing they think about in the morning when they wake up, and the last thing they think about when they cuddle up right next to you and go to sleep. Why shouldn't we spoil them every chance we get? If you try out these patterns, it will be an extra special gift to them since it was made from your own hands.


    Happy crafting, and good luck!


    -Leisure Arts Team


  • National Dog Day Free Recipe


    {Happy National Dog Day Everybody! We’ve got a guest blogger today! Our Leisure Arts Food Editor, Celia Harkey, is honoring her canine buddies, and she’s sharing a free recipe for Dog Treats!}
    Pay attention dog lovers — Today is National Dog Day! Celebrated each August 26th, this holiday was founded in 2004 to honor all dogs — show dog and All American alike. So today, Abby, Billy, Bingo, and Prince will get special, homemade Crunchy Dog Treats after their walk! 
    I admit, my dogs think that every day is their very own National Dog Day, but it has not always been that way. Abby and Billy are really very lucky country dogs. They were rescued from not-so-great circumstances and have been loved by my family and my very special neighbors for many years. Alice, Jennifer, and Lynn (plus several younger helpers) volunteer to walk, feed, and provide those “every-dog-wants-them” dog treats to Abby and Billy. I think there should be a National Dog Lover Day for all the wonderful people who make it their work to promote a loving home for all dogs. 
    Bingo and Prince are the city dogs who have wonderful, but very different, personalities. Bingo watches television and perks up her fringy ears and lets out a yelp when a dog or other animal is on the screen. She loves to go for walks but don’t try to make a detour or shorten the walk — she knows the route.  Prince is the watchdog, listening for the delivery truck or the mail person to make sure they are not trespassing on his property! He is also pretty suspicious of other dogs — probably a territory thing, too. Don’t think for a minute that these two won’t be watching closely for the homemade Crunchy Dog Treats handouts. 
    If you haven’t ever made your own dog treats, then National Dog Day is a great time to make the cracker-shaped Crunchy Dog Treats free recipe below. So, remember your dog, and especially every dog waiting in a shelter for a forever home, on National Dog Day.
    Crunchy Dog Treats Free Recipe
    1-1/4 cups finely shredded Cheddar cheese
    1 cup whole wheat flour
    1/2 cup all-purpose flour
    1/3 cup wheat germ
    1/3 cup vegetable oil
    1/4 cup low sodium chicken broth
    1 egg
    3 tablespoons finely chopped fresh parsley
    In a medium bowl, combine cheese, flours, and wheat germ. In a small bowl, combine oil, chicken broth, and egg; beat until well blended. Add broth mixture and parsley to dry ingredients; stir until blended. Dough will be slightly crumbly. Working with half of dough at a time, pat and roll out to 1/4" thickness. Using a pizza cutter, cut into 2" x 1/2" pieces. Transfer to an ungreased baking sheet. Bake in a preheated 325 oven for 20 to 25 minutes or until lightly browned. Transfer crackers to a wire rack to cool. Store in an airtight container.
    Yield: about 3-1/2" dozen dog treats
    Note for Dog Lovers: The American Veterinary Medical Association lists 7 foods that you should not allow your dog to eat. I knew that chocolate was a “no-no” but was surprised about some of the other foods on the list, like avocado. To be safe, check this AVMA link and find out the foods for your dog to avoid. 
    Hope your canine friends enjoy our free recipe! Happy National Dog Day to you and yours!
  • Knit or Crochet Dog Warmers

    Happy Sunday One-And-All! I’m just sitting here (all wrapped up) on my back deck, drinking coffee, and watching the world go by (by “the world” I mean about half a dozen squirels, a couple of crows, and the neighbor’s dog)…

    The Cat who lives at my house isn’t pleased by any of this—my being outside or by the wildlife. He’s inside, we’re outside, and although he may be complaining rather stridently, his situation isn’t changing…it’s too cold for him out here!

    In fact, the neighbor’s dog looks pretty cold himself. And, of course, that leads me to contemplating the doggie coats and blankets that have shown up in the most recent Leisure Arts knit and crochet publications. Do you have a pooch that needs some knitted or crocheted TLC? Take a look—

    The Best of Knit Along With Debbie Macomber features Baxter’s Cozy Coat to knit in six sizes!

    Donna Kooler’s Encyclopedia of Knitting-Revised offers up a Best-Dressed Dog Coat by Joanne Clark in medium size paired with a pattern for matching socks for the master (or mistress).

    Canine Comfort’s what it’s all about in this adorable doggie coat pattern from Everyday Crochet For All! In four sizes.

    Every dog loves a good blankie, and this one from Donna Kooler’s Encyclopedia of Crochet-Revised comes with a crocheted Weenie Dog Toy—both by Carolyn Christmas.

    And last, but not least, I really love this snuggly Kennel Blanket to crochet from Hug It Out by The Crochet Dude Drew Emborsky! I think The Cat might even approve of this pattern (Drew does have cats himself, so I’m sure he consulted them on the design!).

    Speaking of The Cat, he’s gotten quiet. Guess he’s gone to tattle on me. Oh well, it really is too cold to be outside this morning…and I do need more coffee…

  • Everyday Crochet For All

    You’re really going to love the home, apparel, and toy designs in this new crochet pattern book—Everyday Crochet For All! It includes 17 projects featuring Deborah Norville’s Everyday Soft Worsted Yarn, and even more exciting, it showcases projects from some of our favorite Leisure Arts designers!

    I really may need to make this Cowl So Cozy from Shibaguyz Shannon Mullett-Bowlsby!

    Kim Kotary’s Casual Comfort afghan is crocheted with some of my favorite colors!

    Loving the airy look of Lisa Gentry’s Spanish Lace afghan.

    This Soft Stacking Rings toy for baby by Sharon Mann is just too cute!!! What a unique baby shower gift!

    What guy wouldn’t want you to throw Vicki Blizzard’s Rugged Ribs afghan over him for an afternoon nap?

    And most adorable of all, these stuffed Hippo, Rhino, and Flamingo toys from Michele Wilcox.

    And that’s just some of the great designs from these fabulous designers! I’m definitely adding this book to my crochet library…maybe you should, too!

  • Sometimes We All Need A Hug

    Happy Sunday Readers! I’m sending you all a big hug today in the form of The Crochet Dude Drew Emborsky’s new pattern book—Hug It Out!

    Drew became known as The Crochet Dude while working with a charity group after the passing of his mother. He says, “The motion of working with yarn was the therapy I needed, easing my grief. Truly, if you want to find comfort, give comfort to someone else!” As a result, he created the 9 crochet designs in Hug It Out to give crocheters the opportunity to help others in their time of need.

    I carried Hug It Out home with me this weekend because I couldn’t resist Drew’s Baby Hat pattern.

    With The Cat’s supervision, I started it this morning. I ought to be able to whip up multiples of these darling little hats (in 6 sizes) as part of my charity hat donations.

    Check out the other projects in Hug It Out:

    Mobius Cowl

    Chemo Caps

    Baby Comfort Afghan

    Kennel Blanket


    Prayer Shawl

    Comfort Teddy

    Drawstring Bags

    And here’s your December Challenge from me: Help someone in need during this holiday season by sending out a few crocheted (or knitted or knooked) hugs of your own!

    (And a special thanks goes out to Drew for creating just the kind of projects I needed exactly when I needed them!)

  • Sewing For Your Pets

    Happy Sunday Everybody!

    Do you suppose I could get The Cat to quit sleeping on my antique quilts and take up gazing at me adoringly if I made him a patchy pillow like this Creature Comforts pillow from 1-2-3 Sew by Better Homes & Gardens? (This is a great book for beginners as well as more advanced seamstresses!)

    Would your dog wear a raincoat if you made it with your own hands? This little yellow Singin’ in the Rain slicker (just one of the designs in 50 Nifty Pet Gifts by Nancy Javier and Barbara Finwall) is just too cute as well as being nicely practical.

    Don’t you just love a big ole drooly dog? Of course you do, so get busy and sew up some of these Canine Kerchiefs from Canine Couture by Linda Gillum of Kooler Design Studio.

    Do you like digital, instant download patterns that you can have right in front of you at the push of a button? Check out these sewing patterns designed just for your four-legged friends:

    Kitty Blanket

    Cat & Dog Throws

    Pet Pocket

    Backseat Pet Hammock

    What better reason do you need to learn to sew than being able to sew for your furry friends? (The Cat may have to have an attitude adjustment to really convince me that this is true…)

  • Happy National Dog Day!

    Every dog will have its day—and it’s today: National Dog Day! Let’s party with the puppies! I’ve got the free patterns for the party hats, pooch presents, and even a free recipe to feed those canine munchies!

    Puppy Party Hats

    Your pup will be ready to party with these super cute and easy-to-make, no-sew felt Party Hats.

    Doggy Quilt

    Sew up this easy, tied quilt for your favorite Fido.

    Dog Yard Sign

    Paint and proudly display our yard sign design to let everybody know how important your dog is in your life.

    Knit Dog Coat

    On your next walk, you can really show off your knitting skills as your pooch wears the colorful coat in style!

    “Doggone” Cute Sweater

    Grab your hook and crochet up this adorable sweater for your favorite puppy dog.

    Dog Bone Treats

    Your pampered canines will love these homemade doggie treats!


    2-1/4 cups whole-wheat flour

    1 egg

    1/2 cup nonfat dry milk powder

    1/2 cup vegetable oil

    1 beef bouillon cube dissolved in

    1/2 cup hot water

    1 tablespoon firmly packed brown sugar


    Preheat oven to 300 degrees. In a large bowl, combine all ingredients, stirring until well blended. Knead dough 2 minutes. On a floured surface, use a rolling pin to roll out dough to 1/4-inch thickness. Use a 2-1/2-inch-long bone-shaped cookie cutter to cut out “bones”. Bake 30 minutes on an ungreased baking sheet. Remove from pan and cool on wire rack. Store in an airtight container.

    Yield: about 4 dozen dog “bones” or treats

    Meet Jojo, the canine companion to Leisure Arts Special Projects Director Susan!

    Jojo’s having a blissful Dog Day wallowing in the sunshine, and she’s ready to party!

  • For Our Furry Friends…

    Good Sunday morning all!

    Look at that cat. He’s sitting in the middle of the quilt I bought the other day at an estate sale (for almost nothing, but I didn’t tell him how cheap it was) just daring me to say something to him, and I can’t find it in my heart to make him move. The only way he’d be happier is if the quilt were in the sun and his eyes were closed! Cat bliss…

    I’m sitting here drinking my coffee and fretting about our four-legged friends that aren’t as happily situated as my own feline—all those cats and dogs in animal shelters that don’t have anything comfy to cuddle on. Evidently having a blankie in a shelter animal’s cage helps the cat or dog to relax and be more comfortable. It just stands to reason that relaxed and comfortable equals more adoptable.

    We can’t bring all those homeless animals home with us, but since we’re creative folks, I bet we can do a little to help save some of those lives. All we need to do is donate some 12" to 20" squares of comfort (preferably made with washable materials) to our local animal shelters. What do you think?

    Knitters & Crocheters
    1. How many of you have a WIP afghan in the closet that you know, for whatever reason, you’re never going to actually finish? Tie off the loose ends and donate it.
    2. Got some afghans that are looking a little dated? The kitties and puppies won’t even notice.
    3. Got bags of yarn scraps and partials? Use them up for the fur babies!

    4. Knit or crochet something new! Crocheters, if you’re looking for some really cute patterns for crocheted pet blankies, check out Cuddles to Crochet for Pets. (If you’d like a chance to win a copy of this book, just leave a comment at the end of this post by Monday, August 15. I might feel compelled to give one away!)

    1. You make little lap quilts for humans in need, right? Why not make some for your local animal shelter?
    2. Got scrap fabrics that you don’t have a plan for? Stitch them all together. Clashing colors won’t bother Fido or Fluffy!
    3. Do you have quilts around the house that aren’t finished (and aren’t likely to ever be), ones that are worn or torn, or just ones you’re tired of? Donate them!

    Everybody Else…
    You don’t have to knit, crochet, or quilt to make a difference:

    1. Check out the afghans I bought at the auction the other day. I paid $2.00 for a whole box of them. They’re on their way to the animal shelter.
    2. I’m always running across quilts at auctions, yard, and estate sales. They’re often much too ratty to actually use in your home, but they’d work great in a shelter cage.
    3. Are your bath towels getting a little tattered? Get new ones and donate the old. They’ll be much appreciated!
    4. Sort through your own closets for reject blankets. The critters will love you for it!

    We’d love it if you’d post a photo of your charitable creativity on our Facebook Page so everybody can see and be inspired!

  • All Creatures Stitched and Small

    I’m going to have to take up cross stitching again because I’m loving the designs in Lori Markovic’s new pattern book—All Creatures Stitched and Small! Lori’s done such a marvelous job of catching these little animals in cross stitch that I can‘t even decide which to stitch first.

    Look at the White Cat! I like stretching cats…

    Take a Trek in the Woods with this band of woodland friends!

    Three Dogs-a-Leaping (and isn’t that just what all dogs do?)!

    Sachi the Elephant–Along with cats, I also seem to have a thing for elephants. They keep showing up in my collections. I very well may have to add Sachi to the mix!

    A Leaping Cat, a tiger, love the cats!

    And what about this fun Noah’s Ark silhouette? How could an animal fan resist it?

    6 Designs—I’ve definitely got some cross stitching coming up in my future.

  • Knook Versatility—New Patterns & Video

    Hope you’re having a wonderful 4th of July weekend! I know, I know, I’ve been teasing you all week, taunting you with the idea of new Knook downloadable patterns and a video on the horizon…Well, guess what! They’re here!

    Experience the versatility of the Knook! To learn how to use the Knook to combine knit and crochet on the same project (how cool is that?) watch our new video “How to Knook: Combining Knit and Crochet” and check out our FREE Sampler Scarf Knook Download Pattern to practice what you’ve learned.

    We’ve also added five more new downloadable Knook patterns to our website. Take a look:

    Hot Pad & Pot Holder

    Man’s Scarf

    Fingerless Mitts

    Baby Legwarmers

    And one of them’s even FREE!

    How adorable is this cat toy? Make it for FREE with our Free Cat’s Butterfly Download Pattern.

    Happy knooking! With our instant downloads and teach yourself videos, you can get started right now!

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