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Crafty Pet Couture For National Dress Up Your Pet Day

Elmwood Park, NJ (PRWEB) January 8, 2010

A recent survey reports more than 71 million* (62%) U.S. households own at least one pet. With such popularity its time for enthusiastic pet owners to give paws to observe a special day for their beloved pets and what better way to do it than by crafting a special pet outfit for National Dress Up Your Pet Day on January 15, 2010.

According to the Craft & Hobby Association (CHA), 39% of U.S. households participate in general crafting, including areas such as pet costuming and accessorizing. As a matter of fact, while not quite as popular as pet ownership, 56% of U.S. households craft each year and despite the recession craft participation has held steady over the past three years creating a $ 27 billion U.S. craft and hobby industry.

In recognition of National Dress Up Your Pet Day, members of CHA have developed some crafty pet couture and accessory ideas. Whether you have dogs, cats or more non-traditional pets, CHA members iLoveToCreate and Cathie Filian will have you crafting and your pet strutting down the catwalk in no time.

iLoveToCreate developed individualize couture ideas for non-traditional pets. Yes, these projects will have ALL your pets pimped out and glammed-up in time to celebrate National Dress Up Your Pet Day. Get inspired with this When Pigs Fly project found at http://www.craftplace.org/viewProject.php?craftProjectId=443 or check out the complete iLoveToCreate PET FASHION SHOW video** with llamas, ostriches, ponies, pigs, cats, dogs and goats at http://www.ilovetocreate.com/education.aspx.

If you dont own a petting zoo, Cathie Filian, lifestyle expert, designer, TV host and author of Bow Wow WOW: Fetching costumes for your fabulous dog (Lark Books) has some easy projects for your pooch in her book that features an irreverent collection of 36 designs for dog-crazy, but sewing-challenged humans.

I started creating some fun costumes for my Chihuahua, but soon realized that smaller dogs actually need the warmth of clothes to protect them, explained Cathie Filian. The book shows dog lovers how to create some great doggie clothes ranging from seasonal costumes to fun everyday fashions.

Simple Project Idea from Bow Wow WOW:

Transform a plain dog t-shirt with just about any craft product you can think of. They can be painted with fabric paints, appliqu

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