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Sew your Own Companion Pet Toys

Sew your Own Companion Pet Toys

"There's no point to learning how to make patterns until you learn how to sew."

Grandma had a mouth full of straight pins. She was bent over her pattern table while I was busy on her sewing machine running straight lines of stitches up and down a practice cloth. She always taught me while I sewed. She never talked about sewing unless we were in her sewing room.

Grandma taught me to use a sewing machine well.

  • She taught me about fabric bias.
  • Thread and cloth and settings on the machine.
  • She taught me how to pin a pattern properly and cut it out cleanly.

Grandma didn't get the chance to show me how to make my own patterns. I still remember the smell of her sewing room. Clean fabrics of wool, cotton, rayon, polyester and such. Clean wool smells so good. The sewing room smelled of remnants of a hot steam iron, pattern papers, clean fabrics, and the slightest bit of oil. She was always cleaning and oiling her sewing machine. I can still smell that room and the joy and contentment that surrounded us when we were together in it.

Learning to sew is a gift to yourself and your companion pet in need as well.

I bring Grandma's instruction to a very important emergency situation here. Snickers favorite toy, "the girlfriend" as we like to call them, cannot be purchased anymore. I've tried bringing home variables that are "close" to the real thing. These offerings were quickly relegated to the replacement pile of rejection. We can't just not have this toy in the house. These are girlfriends, and he needs them to relax. 

I created 3 new girlfriends for Snickers, tents for guinea pigs, and a custom cage covers for parrot cages in one weekend. All these projects did what Grandma ran out of time to do. Teach me how to create my own patterns.

I think Grandma is laughing and enjoying watching me. And don't worry grandma, I washed my hands before working with the machine, and I cover it when I am done. Just like you taught me.

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