Upcycled Doggie dryer towel – Tutorial

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This is been a rough winter here in the north east – lots of snow and more to come.  Thankfully spring is right around the corner and with the warmer weather will come melting, mud and April showers. We humans wear rain coats and suitable footwear to keep ourselves dry, but our dogs can get pretty wet and dirty.  One solution to keep the mess from being tracked into your home is to have a doggie dryer towel.  Each end has a pocket for your hands and a tab for hanging (keep it on a hook by your door or hang it from the door knob).  It’s long enough to dry any size dog.


While I do not have a pooch, I am a grandma to 2 wonderful dogs.  They love to be outside not matter the weather is and the towels are a big hit with my kids.  When they come in from a walk, the dogs get a rub down & that keeps the water from being tracked throughout the house.

Ziggy and his drying towel

Ziggy and his drying towel

I use gently used beach towels for this project – they are just the right size to make several.  If you want to use new toweling by the yard you will need 1/2 yd of 56″ fabric.

Supplies needed:


Step 1: Cut out the towel and pocket pieces.

Cut one piece the width of the towel (my towel was 34″ wide) x 10″ high.

Cut 2 pieces 8″ wide x 10″ high.


Step 2: Round the corners of the towel.  Place a glass on the end, make sure it is centered and mark your curve with a piece of chalk or a fabric marker. Trim.  Repeat this step for all 4 corners.

Step 3:  Stitch a piece of bias tape to the open end of the pocket.  I sew it to the wrong side, fold over to the right side and topstitch.

Step 4:  Baste pockets to the ends of the towel.

Step 5:  Create hanging tab. Cut a piece of bias tape 11 inches long, fold in 1/2 and topstitch.


Step 6: Fold the tab in 1/2 and center on the wrong side of the towel.


Step 7: Sew bias tape to the wrong side around the outside of the towel. Fold the cut end in before you begin stitching.

Step 8:  Fold over to right side and topstitch all the way around.




Time to take a walk – I hear someone barking at the door 🙂

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TBT Funnies

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Yesterday morning I ventured into the “catch all” basket in our bedroom. It has been the repository of old photos and funnies that at one time graced the doors of our refrigerators. I sorta hate to admit this, but some of these comic strips moved with us from our home in Moorestown to the Pine Barrens over 26 years ago. They are old and yellowed BUT the humor in the comics is still relevant.

So all you moms, dads, kids have a few chuckles on me !!!

family circle 1 001


family circle #2 001

cathy 001




This one was on the powder room door !!

In loving memory of Spock our toilet bowl dog


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My first Tutorial: Upcycled Birdseed /Pet food bag Tote

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Here in NJ we have had an exceptionally snowy winter and that makes it difficult for the birds to find food. So during the last few months, I have been especially vigilant filling our feeders. We have had lots and lots of visitors – morning doves, chickadees, red bellied woodpeckers, cardinals, nuthatches and several other birds I couldn’t identify.


Those little guys sure can eat and we are going through about 40 lbs of seed a week !! This has left me with lots of empty birdseed sacks (and my family members have been providing me with theirs as well). The plastic weave material they are constructed of are perfect for tote bags. The fabric is super strong and durable – a perfect combo for hauling heavy items without any worry that your bag is gonna bust and send your contents everywhere.

I’ve been making these for several years as gifts & they’ve been pretty popular. Here are the ones I made yesterday during what I hope is the LAST snow of the season.


Here’s my tutorial for sewing these eco friendly totes.

Supplies needed:

  • One plastic weave pet feed or bird seed bag (14 to 40 lb bags all work fine).
  • 2 – 24″ pieces of polypropylene webbing.
  • Size 14 or 16 sewing needle
  • Thread – you can use a top stitching thread if you want.  I chose to use a regular polyester thread and then overlock the seams for added strength.
  • Large paper clips or binder clips to hold the seams together while stitching

These instructions are for a 40lb birdseed bag with a finished size of 16″ tall x 15″ wide x 6″ deep.  You can use any size empty feed bag and modify the height and width based on what you plan to use the tote for.

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Sleeping dollies & other softies

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I love my grand kids.  They are my inspiration for a lot of my current sewing projects.  After the first 2 were born almost 7 years ago, I went full throttle making quilts, clothes, toys, etc.  The BEST part is they love everything I make for them – and I get lots of hugs and kisses as thank yous 🙂

They are my best advertising as their Made by Mamo garments and accessories happen to be their favorites (warms my heart). All the comments I have received from other moms, my own kids and friends is why I’ve begun my business.

Here’s a little sample of the recent garments I’ve made.

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Ice Ice Baby

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It looks like a scene from Frozen outside this morning. The ground and trees are glistening with a layer of ice. Once the sun comes out and the temps warm it will all be gone (hopefully), so I ventured out with the phone and took some photos.

I will miss the beauty of the pines when we move to VT, but I will trade it for the mountains and the lake of “Champ”. More & different photo ops await me.

Enjoy these images and drive carefully !!!

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