Doggy quilts

Well….it’s been a while! My doggy quilt making has been steady & pretty much no stop. The size you see here which generally I seem to make for various terrier breeds is approx 30×40″ dependent on the personalisation required. Avail from my Etsy (CraftHillFabric) store & completely bespoke made.

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Hi guys, ive started an Etsy shop!!!! Have a look at this Fab Dr Who fabric cushion, they can be personalised but hurry…ltd editions!!!

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Crawford’s quilt

Here’s another quilt for a doggy, this time in smart navy & grey with contrast white writing 20130416-064744 AM.jpg
Crawford is a Border Terrier so it’s another fairly small quilt, easily washed.
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I’ve appliquéd his name & then quilted whole thing.
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If your interested in buying a personalised quilt email me for details . I’m charging £40 for this size with appropriate postal charges dependant on your location

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Gimli BT’s doggy quilt made by Lizzy

Here’s a cute little quilt made for an even cuter Border Terrier named Gimli

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If your interested I’m making these washable quilted doggy blankets for £45 with £5 P&P to order. They can be personalised too.

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How cozy does Gimli look?


And a quick picture of Archie the sewing dog snuggled in his own quilt.


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Doggy Lover Cushions By Lizzy

Crafthill Artisan handmade Dog Lover cushion. If your interested in purchasing please contact me as they are for sale £20 plus appropriate postage dependant on lication. I can make other colours if required, choose from background of beige, red, burgundy,navy blue, Choc brown, lime, deep turquoise or charcoal grey. Various dog breeds will be available or I can add your pets name. The fronts can also be quilted for added texture.

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This ones for all the Border Terrier lovers out there, measures 15″x15″ so perfect to pop on your sofa…

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❤ MY PUG 15″x15″

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❤ MY DOGGY 15″ x 15″ would look great on any doggy lovers sofa or bed

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Patchwork Balls by Little Laurie

These patchwork balls are so quick to make (once all the prep is done) and make fab pressies.
First gather your bits and pieces. A Styrofoam ball (I’m using a 4″ ball) 3 fabrics, some ribbon, decorations (like beads and buttons) and a whole load of pins!20130403-190239.jpg

Next you will need to cut your fabric into squares. Because my balls are 4″, my squares will be 4″. You need to cut 8 of the center fabric. And 16 of the other two.
Now, just to make it easier later on, I fold the squares in half and half again and press them.

Now you take your ball and place a pin in the center of your square of fabric.


You the take the corners and pull them into the middle of the bottom of the square to make a triangle and pin as shown above.

Place anohter triangle opposite and then on each side to complete your first layer.


Repeat this step for the other side of the ball. The balls I have are marked on each end of the ball.


Now, taking your second fabric, place a triangle 2/3 down the previous layer. Do this the same way as before and fill in the remaining spaces. And a cute piccie of Archie.


Again, repeat on the other side of the ball.

Now take the final fabric and place the triangle 1/3 of the way down. This stage is done the same way as the second layer.


I find my fingers begin to hurt at this stage due to the many layers so I use the end of a pencil to push my pins in.


Repeat for the other side and your almost there.


Add your trim. I have used a strip of the lilac fabric turned in and some cute lace.


Finnish off with any other decorations you want. Bobs your uncle and Archies your sewing dog, you are done.


Here are all the designs I have done.



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Spud & Beans the visiting Border Terrierists!!!!

I know here on our Crafthill blog we usually tell you about our crafting exploits but we have some small visitors taking up all our attention at the moment! Meet Spud & Beans…

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We have these two handsome boys staying with us for two weeks whilst their owners are off for a sunny family holidays in Cuba…to put them in kennels would have been silly expensive & we always say you can never have too many dogs lol. We had them two years ago, here’s the pictures of their 1st visit…Spud is the bigger one & at the time Beans was baby Beans…so cute (don’t ask me why they have the odd names…their family has two young kids so i guess they named them)

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So two years on & they have changed no end…I was at work when hubby took delivery of them & he did his usual thing of not asking any details such as where do they like too sleep, when do they eat & how much walking do they need…most importantly he didn’t ask which ones which!!! Numpty, he is the same when we have his grand kids too stay although luckily I CAN tell them apart lol…these dogs do have collars & tags but its only their owners names & phone numbers on them so no clues there then doh!!!! As previously Baby Beans had been the darker coated of the two I’m assuming its still so & that he is the closer to the camera in this next photo…what do you think????

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They are half brothers…same mums but different dads…Beans looks more if a traditional Border Terrier too me Spuds coat is quite curly, they are both due too be stripped & I dare say they will look even more alike when that’s been done. Our Border Izzy really didn’t like their previous visit so she has gone off to my daughter (&joint blogger) Little Lauries home for the duration…. She will no doubt be having a whale of a time & getting some serious spoiling. Archie our Patterdale Terrier has stayed home, all the boys together are having a great time…

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20130401-120709 PM.jpgheres some views of our Easter weekend walks with the trio of thugs…it’s our local walk down beside Tamerton creek in Plymouth Devon…can you spot the cheeky robin that followed us along the pathway? I was we’ll impressed with myself & my iPhones photographic skills

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The creek is tidal & was very full this morning, normally Archie has a swim but as it was chilly he thought better if it

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Beans chillaxing

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…Spud’s found a comfy place too keep a lookout from

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Archie snoozing in one of his beds…& here’s Izzy on her holibobs @ little Lauries place (or little mummy as she is know by the dogs). She even gets her own bean bag

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Here she is zooming along!
So little mummy decides to tuck izzy in for the night lol

She doesn’t look impressed.


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Makower cotton reels vintage style apron by Lizzy

I’ve been wanting to make an apron too keep on the tailors dummy that hubby got me for Xmas……well since Xmas! It stands in the dining/sewing area of the front room so deserves something gorgeous to wear

I found the most perfect fabric on eBay, Makower “cotton reels”

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I’d looked at lots of sewing patterns, I particularly wanted a vintage or reproduction vintage look version…this Butterick (B5474) pattern for the bill.

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After lots of fabric cutting & a fair few ruffles made…

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…a bit more ruffle making (gathering by hand rather than with the machine as seems more reliable)…

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All done, great therapy on a rainy Sunday when I’m full of cold.

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Look at the cute double pocket…

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I love the cross over front…

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…the bows really cu

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No more naked dummy!

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Owley McPillowpants By Laurie

So a while ago I made myself an Owley McPillowpants from the Small Stash Sewing book. He was so fun and easy to make I decided to make another for my niece’s 2nd Birthday and one for Mother’s day. I think next time I will do and Owley McSmartypants and put a tie on him.

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How cute is the little girl on the cover?

They can be made in a number of colour combinations and are made up of 5/6 different fabrics (mainly fat quarters but a few scraps)

So, here is how I got on.

1. The first stage is to pick your fabrics. This is uasually the hardest part for me. For my niece I chose bright polka dots and mum had a beautiful fat quarter bundle which lent itself to this project so well I couldn’t not use it.

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2. Then you cut out all your different pieces.

I love the rotary cutter

I love the rotary cutter

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3. the next stage is to sew your bias binding the the curved edge of each wing. I hate sewing bias, especially on a curve 😦

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4. Now we need to pin our wings to the body section and sew 3 feathers onto each one. Once this is done we slit the middle of each feather using a seam ripper.

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5. Now we need to pin and sew the neck piece to the top of the wings and body. Then we pin and sew the head to the top of the neck.

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6. This next step is important to do now, I made the mistake of doing it last once and it becomes very tricky. We sew on his eyes and beak.

7. Now we prepare the tail and ears. Firstly sew the seams with fabric right sides together. Turn right side out and press. Insert wadding and quilt a zig-zag pattern to hold the wadding in place.

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8. Now we need to pin the backing and front, insuring to place the ears and tail. Sew ensuring you leave a gap to stuff.

9. Turn right side out and press. Stuff with a pillow and sew up the gap. For mums I decided to do and envelope back (because I was being lazy) Bob’s uyour uncle, you have an Owley McPillowpants.

Me and mums Owly having a nice moment

Me and mums Owly having a nice moment

My very own Owley
My very own Owley

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Hexi bath mat made by Lizzy

This was a quick last minute gift to send off to my mum for Mother’s Day. She pretty much has everything so I needed something that was useful…& gorgeous!

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Here’s how I made it

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I chose fabrics too match her bathroom tiles…blues, yellows & turquoise then made up basic hexagons
I’ve always had a soft spot for hexi patchwork, infact it was my mum who taught me how too make them many years ago. I sewed strips of them together

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It grew fast

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I think the colours work well together

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Once the top seemed the correct size I sandwiched it onto some wadding backed with a remnant of curtain lining. It seemed a bit water resistant so thought it a good choice

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I decided too simply follow the shape of the hexi’s & stitch around them in the ditch ( the seam). It gives a nice plump effect

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I’d cut the backing big enough too turn over as the edge binding, I like too use this method, zig zag stitching it down

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I added a cute label & ta daaa all done

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