As I mentioned, I stayed home on Monday waiting in for the broadband man to come, and managed to get a bit of sewing done.
As part of my 4 Simple Goals challenge, I am aiming to make more of an effort with my appearance in order to feel a bit more confident in myself. This meant not only buying smart new clothes, but also throwing away old clothes which I wear because they'll 'do', but which actually make me feel fat or frumpy. One of the first items to bite the dust were some rather boring work trousers, which are just slightly too short for me.
Being a seamstress however, I couldn't bring myself to get rid of all that lovely tweedy fabric. So I hit upon the idea of using a stuffed trouser leg as a draught excluder. Trendier people than me would call it 'repurposing' or 'upcycling', I call it 'making a pair of trousers into a draught excluder that looks like a sausage dog'.
So, armed only with my sewing machine, the trousers, two buttons,some red felt, and some contrasting vintage floral fabric (seen here with Mavis, who was helping), I set to work.
I started by making a tail template and sewed two pieces of the contrasting fabric right-sides together. I turned it out and stuffed it, then zig-zagged the raw edge to stop it fraying and to create a flat bit of fabric to be sewn into the body.
I then made an ears template and cut a piece of plain and a piece of floral fabric, sewed them together, then pressed and topstitched around the edge to make them lie flat.
I lopped off one of the trouser legs and cut down one seam to open it out into one piece of fabric, to make it easier to work with. I cut out some floral 'patches', pressed the raw edges under, and zigzagged them onto the dog along with some button eyes and the ears:
I turned it right sides together and sewed up the edges, sewing in the tail and a red felt tongue at either end, and left a large gap for stuffing. For the stuffing, I did some more recycling (have you seen the price of proper toy stuffing?!) and made use of lots of old threadbare socks. I thought socks would be better at stopping draughts than stuffing anyway!
Hey presto! One doggy draught excluder!
Now, what is it about him that makes him look not much like a dog? Is it his white eyes? His weird tongue that's not quite in the right place? Have I placed his ears too far back? The Boyfriend said he looked like a demented eel, and I think he has a point.
Nevertheless, he does stop the draughts! Here he is in situ:
P.S. Alex - those glasses from my last post are indeed green - Givenchy from Dollond & Aitchison. I have one ear higher up than the other one apparently, and they were the only ones in the whole shop that didn't make my face look wonky.