Handmade pet collars — my new online class at CraftEdu!


I just put the finishing touches on my new online class, and it’ll be available for you to preview and sign up for on Craftedu Monday March 7!  I teach you how to make dog and cat collars using re-purposed fabric from garments that you’re no longer wearing or other used material that you have around or that you find in second-hand stores.  If you know how to print on fabric (hint, hint — if not, check out my CraftEdu class on Inkjet Printing on Fabric, or my book on the same subject), you can make truly personalized and unique collars.  And of course you can always use new fabric that you buy.  These collars are great for your own pets, for gifts, to donate to shelters or animal rescue groups, or to sell.  This was my first post about the collars I was making from fabric that I designed and printed myself, and I followed that with this post specifically about the collars for dogs.

I created this class because of the steep learning curve I went through when I first started making the collars myself.  I couldn’t find good instructions anywhere, so I sat down and made this step-by-step instruction guide, with lots of close-up photos and clear directions.   I include a handout that you can print with screen-shots of the entire class.  I also give you a list of places to buy the pet collar hardware, and a guide to common collar and neck sizes for dogs and cats.

Click here to join CraftEdu’s facebook page to get the latest information on all Craftedu classes and notices about when the classes will go on sale (for some classes you can get a discount on the first day it’s offered).  It was so fun making this class — I just love the idea of using fabric that would go into landfill and turning it into a useful object instead!

Handmade gifts with your inkjet printer : one-day workshop November 21st


Tote bag with Lars portrait

Tote bag with Lars portrait

I look forward to this workshop all year — it gives you a chance to try any of the techniques that I teach, and sparks your imagination to go home and make gifts for everyone on your holiday list!   I’ll show you how to make personalized gifts for friends and family or for yourself, using your own photos, designs, or other material — and your home printer.

Pet squeaky toy ornament

Pet squeaky toy ornament

We’ll explore a  variety of different techniques to create unique gifts, like printing on fabric and other special surfaces ideal for making presents.  Each person will complete at least one project at the workshop, and you’ll go home with many ideas and new things to try on your own printer.  There’s plenty of time before the holidays to create gifts for everyone on your list!

Pillow

Pillow

When you make a personalized gift you can save money and show that you care to take the time to create something special for your loved ones.

Light switch plate

Light switch plate

You can use photographs and the originals or scanned memorabilia of things in your lives together for gifts that people will treasure and keep.

The workshop is Sunday November 21, 2010, noon to 3:30.  Cost is $40 plus materials. It will be held at the Canyon Trail Art Center in El Cerrito California.  Pre-registration is required.  If you have questions or want to pre-register, email me at heidirand@gmail.com.

If you want to see some of the gifts that I make from my photographs and designs, please visit my Artfire shop or my ETSY shop.