Gone to the Dogs! (And Cats!)

Saturday, December 31, 2016

Throughout the year, I save up all my fabric and batting scraps. These are cutoffs from projects that are too small to use on something else. Trimmings from squaring up blocks, batting and backing that's cut off after squaring up a quilt, etc. I just toss them into a trash bag as they are created.


Quilting and fabric scraps used to make dog and cat beds

At the end of the year, I use "ugly" fabric that I've acquired or fabric that I know I won't use for something else and sew up little "pillowcases" that are stuffed with the fabric scraps and sewn shut. Then I donate them to the local animal shelter to use as dog and cat beds. A "trash to treasure" win!


The first beds I make always use any premade pillowcases that we've acquired throughout the year (we use homemade pillowcases at our house, so the premade ones that come with sheets get used for dog beds!). I fill them up with just enough scraps to make a thin "pillow" inside. No need to overstuff!

My preferred size after that is two fat quarters sewn together. These are the perfect size for a cat bed, and my shelter prefers them.

I place two fat quarters right sides together and sew around all four sides, but leave a 4-5" opening on one side. (I pay little attention to how closely the edges line up and even less attention to the seam allowance. My edges are often not straight and my seam allowance can vary from 1/4" to well over an inch if trying to compensate for different sized pieces of fabric.)


Quilting and fabric scraps used to make dog and cat beds

Quilting and fabric scraps used to make dog and cat beds

Then I turn the right sides out and stuff with scraps. No trimming to square up, no ironing, no fuss. I fold the raw edges of the opening to the inside, then topstitch the opening shut. No need to be beautiful here. Just sturdy.


Quilting and fabric scraps used to make dog and cat beds

Sometimes, I'll sew large scraps together to make a fat quarter sized piece. I'll also use a half yard of fabric, then just fold it in half to get the same sized pillowcase. I also have sewn two straight cut quarter yards pieces together to create a half yard piece, then fold in half.

Basically, anything goes!

This year, I made 15 dog/cat beds! That's a lot of scraps!


Quilting and fabric scraps used to make dog and cat beds

3 comments:

  1. These are really great! Now I'll be saving all of my scraps of batting to do this too! Thanks for sharing.

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  2. I am so doing this in 2017! Thanks for sharing. ��

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