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There are some special considerations to make when sewing in a home with pets. We share some tips for being productive with a pet, while also keeping your pets safe. We also chat with the amazing Andra Walker, a prolific sewing, known for making everything from bags to garments to quilts.

December 07, 2020
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Episode 492

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Tips for Sewing with Pets

According to a 2020 study done by the American Pet Products Association, 67% of U.S. households or about 85 million families own a pet. That’s a lot of pets! So the odds are that many quilters are sewing in a space that has an animal. Owning a pet is so rewarding, but we know that our pets can also present some problems in our quilting lives, so Joanna, the editor of Quilts & More magazine, discusses some tips for sewing with pets!

We broke things down into a few main categories: keeping hair off your fabric, keeping your pets distracted so you can work, and making sure your sewing space and supplies are safe for pets.

Getting Sewcial

Joanna chats with Andra Walker. Andra is a regular contributor to Quilts & More magazine, and designs the most beautiful and practical patterns. Andra shares how she got started sewing and her first published pattern in a magazine (it was the Work It laptop bag from Quilts & More Spring 2019). She also offers advice for anyone who wants to submit their designs to a magazine. Andra is a prolific bag maker and likes to make bags that are both functional and stylish. She shares tips for those who want to explore all the fun bag-making has to offer. She also chats about her favorite handmade gifts to make around the holidays (just wait until you hear what she's making with vintage fabric that once belonged to her husband's grandmother). Watch for Andra's projects in upcoming issues of Quilts & More magazine.