I had some remnant pieces of “Burberry” print plaid fabric in my fabric hoard vault that I have been “saving” for a special project. And one of my new year’s resolutions for 2017 was to stop hoarding and start using, soooo….
I got out my little-used sewing machine and decided to make a few doggy pillows and a dog bed for my sweet Bandito (not that we don’t have enough dog beds; an exterminator once came to our house and after looking around for a bit, asked us if we had a several dogs; at the time I had 1 — LOL). There is a nook in the built-in side board of our dining room where Bandito often lays while Mr. CraftyPaws and I dine. This would be perfect for the new “luxe” bed and pillows installation. 🙂
I rummaged in our basement and found: (1) a piece of egg carton foam (who knows from where this came); (2) a few very grungy stuffed animals that were not suitable for donation but whose stuffing I could re-purpose; and (3) an old sweatshirt of Mr. CraftyPaws that had a hole in the elbow and was frayed at the cuffs, but whose middle area was very thick and plush. With all these “treasures” and the previously hoarded fabric, I did some measuring (allowing for 1/4″ seam allowance on all sides and an extra 2 inches on each side for some breathing room to get around the sides of the egg crate foam) and sewed simple straight sides to make a lap pillow, two little head pillows, a wrap-around bolster for the dog bed, and a doggy bed cover. I didn’t use any patterns (which is very difficult for me and my naturally OCD tendencies); I just winged it!
It all took about 3 hours, and I was so pleased with the results. The only thing I regret was that I hadn’t done this sooner. I got to upcycle some old stuff and make them into something new, got a jump start on using my hoard, and make some special pieces for my pup. Little Bandito gave it his “woof of approval” by immediately getting on top of each new piece as soon as I put them down. This was a good fresh start to a crafty new year!
This dog bed, bolster and doggy pillow ensemble is being entered into the following challenges:
Simon Says Stamp Monday Start Afresh Challenge
Simon Says Stamp Wednesday New Something Challenge
Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Anything Goes Challenge
Through the Craft Room Door Anything Goes Challenge
Crafts Galore Encore Anything Goes Challenge
613 Avenue Create Anything Goes with Optional Totally Technical Challenge
Not Just Cards Anything Goes Challenge
Word Art Wednesday Anything Goes Challenge
Creatalicious Anything Goes with Optional New Years/Wishes Challenge
Awesome puppy bed! I love the colors you used for it and how big it is. Happy 2017! We are excited you played with us at Lil Patch of Crafty Friends Anything Goes Challenge.
Thanks so much Tamie! Yep, I had just enough of the foam and the fabric to fill that nook in the built-in side board! I think it was meant to be. 🙂
He is chillin’ like a villin’! Very nicely crafted! Thanks for leaving this on our front porch here at 613 Avenue Create!
Thanks so much Chana! LOL “Chillin’ like a villin’!” Love that! Thanks for brightening my day! Big hugs, Kristina
Wow that is a great bed for your dog. Beautiful dog as well. Thanks so much for joining us at the ATG Challenge at Through The Craft Room door this week. We sure hope to see you again next week.
Linda K. DT TTCRD
Awww thanks so much Linda! It was fun to make something functional with upcycled things from our basement and closets. 🙂
What a super doggy bed for your gorgeous little Bandito! Thank you for sharing your project with us at the Crafts Galore Encore January Challenge, “Anything Goes”. Good Luck and hope to see you again next month!
Carole x DT (Craftilicious Creations)
Awww thanks so much Carole! It felt so good to clean out some things from our basement and closets to make these functional pieces for my sweet Bandito. 🙂
very nice bed for your pooch!! I used to make covers for my great dane, that bed was huge!! Thank you for letting your light shine on Word Art Wednesday! Ginny M DT
Thanks so much, Ginny! Oooh I can imagine the bed for your great dane must have been big enough for a small person too! 🙂 Love that idea! tfstopping by and spreading your light and joy with me. Big hugs, Kristina
super great idea! I am so glad you played along with us at simon says stamp wednesday challenge!
sparkle & shine, kindness *~*
Awww thanks so much Teresa! It felt so good to clean out some things from our basement and closets to make these functional pieces for my sweet Bandito.
Fabulous job!! They all look so snuggly warm and comfortable.
Awww thanks Michelle! It felt so good to clean out some things from our basement and closets to make these functional pieces for my sweet Bandito.
Love this little doggy bed! I am just about to start making some PJ’s for my little dog and wish I had the foam to make her a new bed too. I will get some tomorrow ;-)I love this and I am sure your little pup loves it too 🙂
Thanks for joining us on the Simon Says Stamp Monday ‘Start Afresh’ Challenge
Wishing you a Very Happy New Year
Lols x x x
Thanks so much Lorraine! My pup goes in there EVERY time we sit in the dining room now. I’m so glad I was able to make this special little nook for him. He really does love it. Oooh I think PJs would be so cute! Is there a place I can see them when you’re done? Thanks for stopping by and spreading such sweet crafty love! Big hugs, Kristina
Great pet bed!
Thanks so much Chris! It was fun, easy and now is so often used! 😀 yay!
A great project! I am sure your dog LOVES it!
Thank you soo much for taking part in our “anything goes with optional Happy New Year / Wishes” challenge over at Creatalicious & good luck in the draw.
Hope to see you again in our new challenge as well…
(DT-Coordinator Creatalicious Challenges)
(DT Crafty Friends)
(DT The Sketchy Challenges)
PS: Sorry for the late comment, life had been very busy the past couple of weeks…
Awww thanks so much! My pup does love his new bed! 😀