When you sew you get all sorts of requests to sew this or repair that, but my favourite requests are …..‘mum, can you sew me….?’. Now these are requests that I really don’t mind. They tend to be requests for totally daft things and more often than not it’s much more fun than taking up a pair of my husband’s trousers!
This time around it was ‘mum, can you make me a lead for my puppies?’ Emily loves playing with all of her toy puppies and has even decided that when she is older she would like to be a vet (or a hula girl!), so how could I resist making her something special to go with her pets!
So, without further a do, here is my Free tutorial for a PLAY PET LEAD*
:: Approx 4″ strip, full width of the fabric (selvedge to selvedge)
:: Lobster claw clasp with D-ring attachment
:: Co-ordinating thread
:: Rotary Cutter, mat and ruler (optional, but makes life a lot, lot easier)
:: Sewing Machine
:: Edge stitch foot (again, optional but will make life easier)
:: Measure the inside of the D-ring section of your lobster claw, mine in the picture below was 3/4″.
:: Using your rotary cutter (or scissors) cut a strip of fabric, straight across the whole width (selvedge to selvedge) 4 times the measurement you took in the first step. Fold and press in half along it’s length.
:: Taking each side in turn, press the raw edges into the middle of the strip. You should end up with something that looks like twice folded bias binding.
:: Open out each short end and turn in a 1/4″ seam and press. Fold the strip back to how it was before and press again.
:: Edge stitch all the way down each side of the strip, back stitching at the start and end of each row of stitching.
:: thread one end of the strip through the d-ring section of the lobster claw clasp and pin in place about 1″ from the fold. Stitch in place.
:: At the other end of the strip, make a 6″ loop, stitching in place at the base of the loop
There you have it, one Play Pet Lead*!
If you make one* let me know, I’d love to hear how you got on!
*please, please, please only make this for or give to an older child. Use your discretion when gifting this Play Pet Lead x