• January 21, 2015

    Pet Bed DIY

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    For a while now, our cat has been sleeping on an old (ugly) bean bag chair that was carelessly left in our basement just long enough for him to get attached.  It’s hideous, but he didn’t have anywhere else (nice) to sleep, so the bean bag chair had to stay.  In a effort to take back my basement, I decided to make our kitty a new bed from a re-purposed t-shirt and some extra fleece fabric I had laying around.

    This is actually the second pillow/cover combination I have made – my dog has a bigger one made of old jeans.  I really like that I can pull the pillow insert out from the cover and wash the cover rather than trying to wash a giant pillow in my machine.  Not only is it easier on my machine, but it also gets washed a lot more frequently because it is so much easier!  Stinky pet beds are not something I am a big fan of.

    Supplies

    Items you will need:

    • Fabric for the cover
    • Old t-shirt or other fabric for the pillow insert
    • Pillow stuffing
    • Sewing machine, thread, pins, scissors, etc.

     

    Instructions:

    TShirt-Pillow

    To make the pillow insert, cut an old t-shirt right under the arms so it’s a square/rectangle.  I used one of my husband’s medium sized shirts and the dimensions came out to 19×12 inches.  You can also use new fabric and other sizes to accommodate what supplies you have available as well as your pet’s specific needs.

    Sew-Up-The-Sides

    Next, turn the shirt piece inside-out and sew up the sides, leaving a hole at the end big enough to turn it rightside-out.

    Stuff-Pillow

    Turn the pillow insert rightside-out and stuff it with the pillow stuffing.  Then, you will sew up the hole.  Normally, I would do a blind stitch here by hand so you wouldn’t see where the hole had been, but this is a pet bed and the insert will not be seen, so I took the lazy gal’s way out and used my machine to close it up.

    Measure

    To make the cover for your insert, lay the outer fabric out and place your pillow insert on top so you can get an idea of what size to cut it to.  For my 19×12 insert, I used 15×53 of the cover fabric.

    Hem

    Once your cover fabric is cut, hem both ends by folding in one inch and then rolling that again and sewing it down (after hemming, my cover measured 15×49).

    Right-Side-Out

    Now, fold over (inside out) 15 inches on one side and 13 inches up on the other side so they overlap each other.  Sew up both sides, leaving the open pocket.

    Turn right-side out and stuff the pillow inside the cover through the open pocket and you’re done!

    Happy-Kitty

    Give the pillow to your pet and enjoy the satisfaction of a job well done and a comfy pet.

     

    Pro-Tip: If you’re making this pillow for your cat and he isn’t terribly impressed by it at first, hide some catnip inside the cover.  This will encourage him to at least give it a try.  *grin*

  • November 12, 2014

    DIY: Pennant Banner

    Pennant-Banner

    Have you ever noticed how difficult it can be to make time for thing s you really enjoy or things you really want to do.  Often these things are time consuming, expensive, or difficult.  People in general have a tendency to let our passions fall by the wayside as we focus on making it through the daily grind.  We work, we clean, we fulfill our obligations in the world and then we start it all over again tomorrow.

    I am learning more and more that this is how I tend to live my life.  It’s a big part of my upbringing – to work hard and to find pride in that work; to be strong and smart and never give up.  These aren’t bad things.  In fact, I’m pretty proud of who I am and what I do.  I am, however, learning to slow it down sometimes and make room for things that genuinely make me happy.  A friend of mine recently told me that too often people live to work but should really be working to live.  What’s the point of the daily grind if we never do anything we love?

    One of those things I love, but rarely make time for, is sewing.  I have always enjoyed crafting and creating and sewing can fill that need quite nicely.  So, for today, I have devised a very simple, but very fun sewing project tutorial for a double sided pennant banner.  I hope you enjoy taking the time to make one as much as I did!

     

    Supplies

    You will need:

    Fabric (I used pieces from two different charm packs)

    Bias Tape

    Thread

    Sewing Machine (or a lot of free time to hand sew)

    Pinking Shears

    Fabric Pencil

    Choose-Fabric

    Step One: Choose your fabric.  You will need one 5×5 square of fabric for each side.  The fabric collections (and side of the banner) are autumn and Christmas themed.  Lay the sides together, back to back.

     

    Trace-Pattern

    Step Two: Create a pattern.  I used the cardboard piece that came with my charm packs to create a triangle.  Trace the pattern on one side of each set of fabric squares with your fabric pencil.  I did all of my pattern tracing on the autumn themed side to keep it simple.

     

    Sewn-Together

    Step Three: Sew the two sides together along your lines.

     

    Cut

    Step Four: Cut outside the lines you’ve sewn with the pinking shears.  This creates a decorative edge while also preventing the fabric from unraveling.

    Repeat steps two through four until you have enough pennant triangles for your banner.  I used the full 3 yards of bias tape for my banner and made fourteen triangles, but you can make yours as long or as short as you care to.  Just make sure to measure first so you know how many pennant triangles you need to make.

     

    Pin-the-Bias-Tape

    Step Five: Once you’ve made all your pennant triangles, pin them in to the bias tape.  To ensure your banner is evenly spaced, simply fold the bias tape directly in half and place and equal number of pennant triangles on each side.  Easy!

    Now that you have everything pinned in place, sew along the edge to pull it all together.  I decided to sew two parallel lines along the bias tape to help with stability.

     

    Fall-Side

    Step Six: Hang up your pennant banner and admire your handiwork!  And when the season changes, just flip the banner around!

    Christmas-Side