The new issue of Petite Purls e-zine is out and I am a contributor. Petite Purls is a knitting magazine that focuses on projects for kids.  This summer they decided to do a mash-up issue that combines sewing and knitting patterns (sometimes even in the same project).  They asked me if I would like to contribute something and I immediately thought of this Treasure Dog project.  My friend Rae also has her instructions for some cute kids pants, there’s a sweet little apron pattern and a baby sweater with a pocket on the front, which just makes me giggle.

I have been dying to share this tutorial, because I LOVE this project.  I originally came up with the idea because we had some leftover pre-quilted cotton at a summer camp and I wanted to use it up on zipper bags, which the kids love to make.  Plain black was pretty boring and so by adding a little felt and some ribbon, I created this sweet black lab with floppy ears.  We also made dog bone shaped keychains in the same class.  The whole tutorial and patterns are here so you can make your own.  You can use any kind of fabric you want to, so don’t worry if you don’t have any quilted cotton hanging around.  Just sandwich a piece of felt or batting in between two other fabrics, quilt it a bit with some lines or swirls and then you are ready to go.