A Cloth Merchant

Handmade Holiday : Dog Collars

Debbie Christensen

Humans can be so difficult to find gifts for. Dogs, on the other hand, are a piece of cake. This is Landy, my sister's dog, a dapper dude who practically lives on the beach, named after Jimmy Buffet's booze. This ribbon is called Nautical Anchors by Tula Pink. But it's been two years since that Christmas. Based on how grimy Waldo's collar is after he's had it for less than six months, Landy (and Waldo) could probably use a new collar. Waldo helped me with this one. It's made with a reversible dinosaur bones ribbon, which Waldo generously modeled for...

An Inspired Advent: Day 19

Nanette Webb

As the days draw nearer to Christmas, the idea of making gifts seems more overwhelming. But it’s not too late! I love the process of making things, often much more than buying. Being known for my penchant for making things, I’m usually asked to make gifts. Someone, and I won’t say who, asked me to […]

Super Cool Laptop Case


My sister asked me to make her a laptop case. Here it is! I found a tutorial here. It was very easy to follow, and the author provides great images. The outside pocket was of my own invention. The exterior is a coral sateen, and the pocket is Michael Miller Mirror Dot. I lined it […]

Handmade Gift : Threadfollower Embroidered French Barrette Kit


We received some new threadfollower hand-stitching kits is the mail last week! Not only did we re-stock the handstitch animal kits that we have, we’ve got some new ones, too! My favorite is the whale. And the rabbit. And the doggy. Cynthia Treen, the designer behind threadfollower, also released some new kits: embroidered French barrettes. […]

Playing with Penguins


We have some pretty crazy fabric here. I’ve been in love with this one Japanese line, Kokka by Heather Ross, which is printed on a canvas-y cotton. These are the circus prints and I LOVE THEM. If we had had these when the circus came to town a couple months ago, I totally would have […]
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