Tired of pet fur all over your furniture? This sofa and chair protector will prevent that mess in the future.
Pets are such a wonderful addition to our lives but some things about them can drive us crazy. If you love your pet but you're tired of fur all over the sofa make a couch protector pad for the pooch. Measure across the width of the first cushion. The protector doesn't have to be the exact size of the cushion - it can be wider or more narrow depending upon how large of a dog you have. And if you want, you can make the protector the size of the couch for multiple pets. You know your pet's favorite spot to lay so make the protector to cover that particular area of a sofa or chair.
Cut two pieces of fabric to the width desired. Now measure from the back part of the couch, down the front and across the seat. Measure down the front of the couch a few inches as well. Cut the two pieces of fabric this length. Sew around the two pieces, right sides together, except for a few inches at the middle of the bottom. Use this area to turn the pad right side out. Stitch shut.
Measure the length and height of the inside arm of the couch. Cut two pieces to this size. Sew the two pieces, right sides together, all the way around, leaving a small space for turning. Turn the pad right side out and stitch shut.
Lay the large pad out in the appropriate position on the couch. The pad should hang slightly over the back and somewhat down the front of the couch. Now set the small pad up against the inside arm of the sofa. Pin the two pads together, from the back, where they meet at the seat and the back. Place the area under the presser foot and stitch across the seat area then up the back area. Back tack on each end to secure. If you're making a sofa size protector cut and stitch two of the inside arm panels.
You can even add a long pillow for the pooch to rest his head. The pillow will stretch across the lower back part of the couch. To make it cut two circles approximately 9" in diameter. You may need to adjust this size for smaller dogs. Cut one long rectangular piece of fabric the width of the pad and the length of the approximate circumference of the circular pieces. Start by sewing the rectangular form on to the circle at the edges. Leave a few inches at the beginning unstitched. When you get to the end fold under a half inch or so. Sew the other circle to the other end of the rectangle. When you get almost to the end remove the fabric from under the presser foot. Now sew the ends of the rectangular piece together. Place one circular part back under the machine and stitch shut. Turn right side out. Stuff the pillow through the opening on the one end. Stitch shut. Now you can hand stitch the pillow to the main pad or simply toss it up on the sofa when you lay the pad down for pup.
A padding can be put in between the two layers of the main piece and the arm piece. After stitching and turning, stuff the pads with foam, cotton or poly. Another way is to stitch the padding in while sewing the pad. Place the two pieces of fabric right sides together. Now lay a sheet of foam or even a blanket onto the top cloth piece. Sew around then turn right side out before stitching shut.
There are many ways to tie a tie, but the three main ways of doing it shall be discussed below. No matter which method is being used, the criteria to have a good knot are based on the size of the knot against the dress shirts collar size and how snugly fit the knot is between the collar points.
The three popular methods of tying a tie would be four-in-hand (the most popular), the Windsor, and the half-Windsor.
The most common way to tie a tie for decades is the four-in-hand probably due to the easier way of executing the knot. There is a slight asymmetrical appearance for the four-in-hand that gives it a less formal appeal.
The smaller and narrower triangle knot created fits into almost all types of collars like the straight-point, tab or even the pin collars. The only collars not suitable would be the spread or wide spread collars.
There is a common problem faced by most inexperienced men tying the four-in-hand would be missing the V-shaped triangular knot as well as creating a distorted knotting eventually.
The trick in arriving one nice V-shape knot with a dimple is to have it tightly knotted. When passing the top blade into the partially formed knot, hold the top blade on both edges and then pulling it down gently until the top blade starts to tighten and has a slight convex close to the knot.
Using your thumb and forefinger to press the bottom of the knot into a V-shape and the convex will deepen to form the dimple. Then continue to lift the knot up to your collar by using on hand to pull the bottom blade while the other hand holding on to the knot.
Generally, in order to succeed to tie a tie this way, the hand of the fabric (explained in the details of ties) is very important. Heavier hand ties will take into V-shape knot and the dimple very easily and with style. Those lighter hand ties will do better with the Windsor or half-Windsor to create a fuller knot.
This knot is named after the Duke of Windsor who popularized it. Generally to tie a tie this way would preferably for suits with wider lapels or dress shirt collars that are wide spread.
The Windsor has a tendency to create larger triangular shaped knots. The knot will also be more symmetrical with more horizontal geometry.
However, Windsor is not suitable for heavier hand ties since it would lead to really huge knots. The thin or light hand ties would definitely benefit in getting better V-shaped knots with a Windsor.
This is a version that is half of the Windsor as suggested by its name. It would be considered as in-between in the size of the knot compared to both the Windsor and four-in-hand. The types of collars suitable for the Half-Windsor would be spread collars as well as wide spread depending on the hand of the tie.
Pratt (Shelby) Knot
This is close to the half-Windsor and my preferred way to tie a tie compared to the half-Windsor.
The tying method is simpler and has an easier way to create the dimple. The tie will also be more symmetrical like that of a Windsor but with a size knot of the half-Windsor.
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