Our perfect dog bike trailer

We stopped biking since we have our lovely little Shiba Inu girl Akira and it is a pity, because we live in a surrounding where biking is perfect. But I do not have the dog stay alone at home while we are having fun outside. For running with us I do not know how far she comes and for a basket or back pack she is too big.

This spring I said we need a solution. So we did some research and ended up with this trailer with a straight box. Last weekend I made a fitting cushion. I used material I still had around here – a piece of black denim (inkl. a test print with orange fabric color), a piece of 2 inches thick foam material for the bottom and that beautiful jacquard fabric with woven butterflies and flowers.
The top fabric is fixed with hook-and-pile tape, because I cannot wash it. The whole bottom inkl. the two bags for bottles I can put into the washing machine, which might be necessary often for a dog cushion. The hole for the leash getting inside the box I stiffened with faux leather.

We tried to get her used to sit inside and it worked well. She is a clever dog and I think she understands, that it is for her to come with us. The first test drive up and down the street in front of our house went very well even without leash, so we can’t wait to do bigger trips now.

Have fun and a sunny Sunday!

 

Beauty bags from waste paper, magazine pages and transparent htv

I found some big sheets of card stock, that I had left over from cutting with the cutting machine. At the same time I found an oversized magazine with beautiful photographs. I knew I had to make something with it. I ended up with these beautiful beauty bags. They don’t look like selfmade at all, it’s almost a pity 🙂


If you want to make one yourself this is what you need:

the sewing machine and a heat transfer press (it also works with the iron, but more difficult)

25 x 45 cm card stock with cut outs
25 x 45 cm paper collage from magazine pages
25 x 45 cm transparent heat transfer vinyl (I used one with glitter)
1 zipper 35 cm length
16 x 20 cm vegan leather
50 x 34 cm lining for inside the bag

First I heat pressed the 3-layer sandwich with magazine pages, then the card stock and on top the transparent htv to get the main material.

Then I made kind of triangles from the vegan leather on both ends of the zipper.

Add the zipper to the main material.

For the side parts of the bag cut 2 stripes 16 x 7 cm.

First sew the short side of the stripe on the bags bottom.

Then you do the side seams.

Inside of the bag there is the magazine paper. So you need a lining.

Close the side seams of the lining and the bottom corners.

Fit the lining into the bag, mark the slits with a pen and make a cut for the side slits.

Fix and sew the lining to the bag at the slits.


The last step is to stitch the lining to the zipper on top. I did this by hand sitting in the sun.

Ok, this was my first ever sewing tutorial I did in english and I was missing all the right expressions. I hope the pictures were self explaining somehow. Maybe I should rather stick with cutting and art tutorials :-).