What every well-dressed dog (and goat) will be wearing on the Fourth of July – a flag-inspired kerchief with dog bones for stars! Patriotic puppies want to sport a custom dog kerchief.
Thibodeaux is wearing his new kerchief. His good friend Mr. Bill is always close by.
I had an idea to stencil dog bones to represent the stars on the US flag.
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Using public domain clip art, I found a dog bone image that I could edit to make multiples and in the right size. I printed onto the dull side of freezer paper with my ink jet printer, then cut out the bones/stars. Freezer paper makes for great temporary stencils, in any shape you can cut out!
The freezer paper is ironed to the blue fabric. Then I got out my white Shiva Paintstik and stencil brush. I kept anything I didn’t want painted white out of reach – oil paint is forever!
Applying the paint, taking care to keep the freezer paper stencil attached to the fabric. This is the first of two coats of paint. Shiva Paintstiks are great on fabric because the hand of the fabric stays soft – doesn’t get stiff like craft paints can.
Here’s a completed field of blue with doggy “stars”.
Next came some careful math and layout of the stripes. The dog paw fabric was a lucky discovery in my stash.
Here’s the first “top” sewn and ready for trimming. I sewed a backing fabric around the edges, right sides together, turned the kerchief right side out, pressed, and topstitched along the edge.
The finished dog kerchief!
Thibodeaux is choosing his favorite.
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