Tuesday, February 23, 2021

How to Make Handmade Stuffed Fabric Easter Eggs - Tutorial Tuesday

Looking for a fun fabric sewing or crafting idea to decorate your home for the Easter holiday? For today's Tutorial Tuesday project we're making these fabric Easter Eggs. They go together pretty darn fast so you'll be able to sew up a basket of fabric Easter Eggs in no time!

For this project you will need:

Saturday, February 20, 2021

DebsDaysDesigns Special Offers

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DebsDaysDesigns Etsy Store

Hi, I'm Deb, and welcome to my Etsy store! I'm a former school teacher turned crafter/cruiser/kitten foster parent. On any given day you'll find me doing at least one of those things. (Although the pandemic has put the cruising on hold right now.)

For several years now I've been putting down my thoughts, creating crafting tutorial videos, and telling stories about fostering kittens here on the blog. Lately I've been working at putting some of my most popular YouTube crafting tutorials into a written form. Those are the patterns you'll find here - the ones viewers like the most. These digital patterns come with step-by-step directions, photos, and links to my tutorial videos all in one PDF download.

Check back frequently as I'm adding patterns weekly. With over 100 published crafting videos I still have a lot of PDF digital versions to come! 

Click to start your next project today!

Friday, February 19, 2021

Essential Supplies for Keeping Foster Kittens Happy and Healthy - Foster Kitten Friday

After having spent several years fostering young kittens, there are some supplies I've come to rely on time and time again. From food to litter and bedding to toys, check out some of those important supplies you'll need when you welcome the little foster kittens into your home.

Today we're talking about those supplies to help keep the baby kitties happy and healthy.

I've added links to Amazon so you can see photos and prices of the different products. I am a participant in their affiliate advertising program so if you make a purchase through my link I will earn a small commission. The purchase helps support me in purchasing replacement products for each year's foster kitties. I buy most all of my supplies from Amazon, but do get your supplies wherever is cheapest and easiest for you!

Supplies for Keeping Foster Kittens Happy and Healthy ( and Busy)

Keeping foster kittens happy and playful is pretty easy. The key is toys and they have plenty of favorites.
Don't even think about taking
away Sage's sparkle ball.
  • Crinkle balls are almost as popular. 
  • Jingle balls are toys - and noise - kittens love playing with.
  • Mouse toys are treated by my foster kittens just like they would a mouse. I even had one of my foster kittens who thought he should bring it to me over and over and over. 
  • Wand toys require participation from you, but boy they are fun.
  • A track toy - one with balls inside they spin around and around - can be a fun way for them to spend some of their time.
  • A cat tunnel/tube is a place you'll find foster kittens spending a lot of their time. Whether they are running from one end to the other or hiding in it or swatting at one of their siblings through the side, you can't go wrong with one of these.
  • Cardboard cat scratchers give kittens a chance to learn how to use their claws - and not on your furniture. They usually come with catnip you can add, but kittens under three months old don't care much about catnip. If your kittens are older, put the catnip on there and watch them go crazy.
  • Cat trees are great exercise for kittens and give them opportunities to explore some vertical space. The quality varies so look for one with consistently good reviews. The sturdiest one I've ever had was given to me as a gift by Simply Cats for being named their Foster of the Year. They do sell the sturdy cat trees here, but you'd have to be in the Boise area to pick it up.
Crazy things happen on cat trees by the window.
  • Keeping kittens healthy can be easy. But also hard. If they are sick, you'll want the vet or shelter to take the lead and let you know what you need to do. They may ask you to take the kitten's temperature frequently so you'll need a thermometer. And no, you don't put it in a baby kitten's mouth, on their forehead, or under their armpit.
Sometimes a warm lap (and some antibiotics)
are just what the doctor ordered.
Busted climbing on top of the playpen and
playing with the humidifier. Silly kitty!
  • A kitchen scale (or postal scale) is also important whether sick or healthy. As a foster parent, you'll need to make sure your kittens are gaining the expected amount of weight each week. When I am fostering bottle babies, I weigh them every single day.
You mean I have to be weighed on a
kitchen scale in the sewing room? Yep.

We're not done with supplies yet! Join me soon for:

Tuesday, February 16, 2021

Make Homemade Stuffed Fabric Carrot Decorations - Tutorial Tuesday

Looking for homemade spring sewing or crafting project ideas to brighten up your Easter holiday or summer gardening home? How about making some easy homemade DIY fabric carrot decorations? Whip these up with some fabric and fiberfill stuffing with today's Tutorial Tuesday.

Easy to make homemade fabric stuffed carrots

For today's fabric carrot project you will need:

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Need fabric? I have a limited number of precut orange and green fabric kits in my Etsy store right here! And through March 31, get 10% off my fabric kits by using coupon code DEBSDAYS10 at checkout!

Saturday, February 13, 2021

Sewing Pattern Downloads with Directions, Photos, and Video Links


You've come to rely on Deb's Days for new sewing tutorial videos each week and now I'm excited to announce I'm adding yet another way for you to access the sewing projects. It's something you've been asking for - digital downloads of the projects.

As I've been keeping content on the blog free, at this point I won't be charging for the patterns. Instead, I'm asking for any size donation to Deb's Days. You'll be helping me provide more weekly sewing tutorials, and in return you'll get a PDF document with written instructions, step-by-step photos, templates, and tutorial video link all in one!

Update: While my patterns can be found in my new Etsy store for a set price, this page here has the any-size-donation option for blog readers. 

Click the pattern to make a donation
and start your next project today!

Happy sewing!
Deb

Friday, February 12, 2021

Essential Supplies for Keeping Foster Kittens Warm and Comfortable - Foster Kitten Friday

After having spent several years fostering young kittens, there are some supplies I've come to rely on time and time again. From food to litter and bedding to toys, check out some of those important supplies you'll need when you welcome the little foster kittens into your home.

Today we're talking about those supplies to help keep the baby kitties warm and comfortable.

I've added links to Amazon so you can see photos and prices of the different products. I am a participant in their affiliate advertising program so if you make a purchase through my link I will earn a small commission. The purchase helps support me in purchasing replacement products for each year's foster kitties. I buy most all of my supplies from Amazon, but do get your supplies wherever is cheapest and easiest for you!


Supplies for Keeping Foster Kittens Warm and Comfortable

Wyatt, my foster kitten born with no back feet,
 slept wherever was easier to get to.
  • Pop up playpens keep kittens contained in the early stages when they need just a little space to roam. I've found connecting two playpens works even better as I can have a separate litter box room for them. There are several different types out there, but I really love my Jespet popups because they are bigger, sturdier, and easier to clean than some of the others.
It's a two room kitty cat camping tent!
We had to swaddle Dutton like a baby
to get the eye ointment in those little eyes.

We're not done with supplies yet! Join me in the upcoming weeks for:

Supplies for Keeping Baby Kittens Happy and Healthy
Supplies for Making Your Fostering Job Easier

In case you missed it, check out last week's Essential Supplies Needed for Feeding Bottle Baby Kittens

Tuesday, February 9, 2021

Easy Homemade Heart and Denim Bookmarks - Tutorial Tuesday

For today's Tutorial Tuesday we are going to learn how to make a super simple and easy homemade heart bookmark from scrap fabric and upcycled denim. This fast and fun DIY project with 3D hearts is a great beginning sewing project and a perfect last minute gift for Valentine's Day or Mother's Day.

Looking for more sewing and crafting projects? 

In addition to your standard sewing supplies, for this project you will need:

Remember, Jo-Ann's is a great source for sewing and crafting supplies. And don’t forget to save even more with their online coupons!
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Otherwise, you can watch the tutorial for making your own homemade quick and easy Valentine's Day denim and heart fabric bookmarks right here:

Sunday, February 7, 2021

Sewing Projects for Beginners - Quick and Easy DIY Projects

If you're just learning how to sew here's a great way to practice your sewing skills while making your own quick and easy homemade projects. Learn how to make napkins and bookmarks and gift card holders and more!  These simple DIY project ideas include lots of straight line sewing and the tutorials have clear, step-by-step, how-to directions. Sew an easy and fun project for yourself or your home today in just minutes!

Click below to get started on your next quick and easy sewing project!

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