Those who know me personally know that I love dogs, but I especially love pugs. I have never let my lack of actually owning a pug stop me from participating in local events for pug lovers such as the annual Pug Parade or the Pugentines Party (for Valentine’s Day). I’ve also been known to make appearances at the Pacific Pug Rescue’s fundraisers and meet and greets.
I have collected many pug items over the years, but I have had a difficult time finding apparel that says something other than “pug life” on it. Sprout is a new service from Spoonflower that allows you to print independent patterns directly onto Spoonflower designs. When I found out that Sprout prints anything I could imagine on a variety of different fabrics, I knew exactly what I wanted! There are thousands of prints to choose from, so the possibilities are endless.
Ordering from Sprout is really easy and fun. For my Laurel I was able to place the pugs exactly where I liked them, but this goes for all prints including stripes and plaids. Sprout carries a large range of fabrics, but recommends certain choices based on which pattern you choose to sew up (which I appreciate since textiles are not my strong suit).
My favorite part about Sprout is that it makes the more tedious part of sewing (marking your fabric) much easier and faster! The fabric comes with the pattern already clearly marked, just pre-wash and cut it out. If your pattern has darts like Laurel, you’ll receive a template to transfer all markings.
I’ve had the pleasure of meeting many of the volunteers at Portland based Pacific Pug Rescue (PPR). They are a wonderful 100% volunteer based organization that places rescued pugs in forever homes in Oregon, Washington, Idaho, and Vancouver BC. Unlike many rescues, PPR does not have a shelter and houses all of their pugs with volunteer fosters throughout the Pacific Northwest.
Rachel and Kim, volunteers with PPR, were kind enough to coordinate a visit from current foster Rodgie. Rodgie is a petite senior gal; just 8.5lbs at ten years old. She has some mobility issues but she doesn’t let it stop her from getting around.
Her favorite things are fashion, following her humans around, and snuggling at the end of a long day of being adored. And her tongue? It’s her signature accessory; she likes to keep it out and at the ready to give any adoring fans an appreciative lick. Rodgie is currently in the care of Pacific Pug Rescue, if you are interested in adopting Rodgie or any of their wonderful pugs, check out their website.
Her visit to the Colette office brought huge smiles to our faces, we all fell in love with her immediately (despite what Kenn may tell you). How can you resist such an adorable face?
You can get 20% off products from the Colette/Sprout shop until February 5th with the code: COLETTELOVE
Do you have an obsession that trickles into your sewing?