Puppy Pillows

So, I have to start off by clarifying the term puppies. I call all dogs puppies regardless of its age, whether it is 3 months or 3 years or 13 years. When we delivered these to Wayside Waifs, the kennel section of the place was closed, but I asked if there was any way to sneak in and see the “puppies” and the woman we chatted with said that they didn’t have any puppies. I had to explain to her the same thing I just wrote; ‘puppies’ just mean dogs, young and old.

So you know that I have been on an active quest to get my garage to a point where I can actually store a vehicle in it. Novel concept, I must admit. Well, after much work and quite a few projects completed, I am successful!

img_3866This is the larger side of the garage and you can see my little SUV is safely snuggled in. There are still a couple of projects that still need attention, but this is relatively clear for me!img_3865This is the smaller side of the garage and my little sports car tucked in for the winter. You can see the wonderfully organized shelves that The Kid put up to replace all those mismatched shelving units. So neat and organized!

img_3880The next step was to clear out the attic closet space so that I could clear more of the space in the guest room and I figured out a way for The Kid to store most of his collection of military uniforms.

Now that his closet is cleared, we’re going to frame the floor of the attic space behind his closet. I’ve been referring to it as the ‘Cave’, and we should get about ten feet by fourteen feet of room (at least 6 feet high). It’ll be perfect for whatever he wants to do with it, I think storage but who knows.

In clearing out the attic closet, I had to do something with the bed pillows that I “collected”. Whenever I replace bed pillows in my household, I can never bring myself to throw out the old pillows, so I don’t! Actually completing a project using them is the step back from edge of being a hoarder!

So instead of throwing them away, I create covers for them and donate them as dog beds. This time, I was able to use some of the upholstery samples that I picked up a while back from CraigsList. Its a simple design and I use Velcro to close it.

So, I will just cut to the end project photos:img_3867I was going to try and make a few bed quilts using the upholstery sample books, but many of them (and of course, the ones I seem to like the most) are not machine-washable… which is a neccesity. img_3873The shades of black and white is my favorite (this is four regular sized pillows). img_3872I saw this pattern in the latest copy of one of my quilting magazines and did spend some time creating the patterns using denim. Here I thought I’d make one and then reverse the colors. Kind of interesting though and it made for almost the perfect size for the pillows. They’re stuffed in there pretty tight. But I am hoping some little dog can beat down the perfect little spot to snuggle.img_3871My plan was to use this as a backing material for one pillow, but I had more than enough and it was just happy and cheerful, so I went for it.img_3870Leftover upholstery fabric in black complimented this set of fabrics.img_3869Tried to do as many different colors as I could. And use up more of the samples.img_3868I had all of these oranges sewn into a nice little patchwork, and with a little rework, was able to make two orange beds. I keep stumbling over fabric that I had tucked away that was perfect for the backings on these two. I tell myself that this is why I hang onto ‘stuff’, because someday I will have a use for it! (I did throw out a bit and gave away quite a bit more in this recent spate of organizing, however.)

The Kid and I drove out and delivered them yesterday. Hoping to see the ‘puppies’ but the place was closed to the public and apparently ‘quiet hour’ for the dogs as well. Oh well, it will just give us an excuse to go again another day.

julie

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Reusing Bed Pillows to Make Dog Beds

Still on my kick of finishing anything that has already been started (before starting anything new). I have been planning on doing this projects (projects?) for at least a year.

You have to know that by now, I am a saver. I say this – as opposed to hoarder (like The Kid calls me) because I do eventually get around to doing the projects that I plan and then getting rid of stuff. This one centers around pillows, bed pillows to be exact. I mean, how does one throw away a pillow? I am not asking about parting with said pillow, but rather the physical aspect of disposing of a bed pillow. Do you just throw them into the garbage?

Anyway, I am kind of weird when it comes to pillows. I like to have new ones. Often. I love the way that they smell and are so fluffy when brand new. So, I buy inexpensive ones. They’re decent quality pillows, but they just don’t really last more than about six months or so. And then I replace them. And then I end up with four pillows that are like new, but not really.

So, a long time ago, I figured out how to reuse the pillows and make dog beds. When we had our dog (we called her a ‘forever puppy’), she would love to be in whatever room that I or The Kid was in. So, I made a few of these dog beds for her to be comfortable. But of course, I had way more pillows than I could use in making beds for her.

Ain't I a cutie?

Ain’t I a cutie?

So, I still made them, I just found someone else who could use the beds. I donate them to a local ‘no-kill’ shelter that is just the most awesome place in the world. Its called Wayside Waifs and it is where we recently almost adopted a puppy. (The Kid and I found that it was just too soon for a new puppy after we had lost our Ashla.)

So, yesterday I dug out all the pillows I had stashed. Then I went through my odds and ends of quilting blocks and started sewing. Often, I will experiment with a quilt style or make a few blocks and then change my mind. Or I will have leftover quilt blocks. One end has a velcro opening, so that the cover can be washed or the pillows replaced. Its pretty easy boxed construction. I won’t go into instructions here, but may in the future if any one is really interested.

So, here is the whole pile:

DSCN3260And here are the individual beds:

DSCN3261This pink one is four pillows and would be suited for a larger breed dog.

DSCN3263Now its smallest to largest. This was a leftover piece of a quilt. Quite large actually for a single pillow):

DSCN3262Another single pillow with a scrap piece that I was trying out a very small pattern.

DSCN3264A little larger, this is two pillows. These are leftover 2 1/2″ strips that went together easily.

DSCN3265Another double pillow. This was done with denim scraps and an attempt at using denim for appliqué.

DSCN3266One more double pillow bed, this time with a leftover medallion. I know that I started this with the intent of some appliqué in the center, but never got back to it.

DSCN3267This one was the first one I finished and my favorite. I love the bold black touches (and the sides and back are also black). The sides on this one were a bit wide, so in the end it took four pillows to get it taut, but I think it will accommodate a pretty large breed dog nicely.

That’s the whole lot. I have some other goodies for Wayside Waifs as well (I checked out their wish list on their website.) If you’re interested and are local to the Kansas City area, check them out. You can find them here.

Well, I hope that you have a great day and come back soon!

julie

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