Here is the second of our 12 scrappy projects for 2012 - or "12 X 12". To start at the beginning, click here.
This scrap busting project has a great bonus! We'll be using "garbage scraps" that would otherwise go in the trash and landfills, to fill our pet beds. Yay us!
First we'll make a liner out of muslin and fill that with our garbage scraps. Then we'll make a cute quilted (and washable) cover for the bed. Because the cover is quilted, it'll make the bed appear smooth. So go ahead and add all kinds of lumpy fabric scraps!
Determine how big you want to make the bed. A good way to visualize it would be find a pillow around your house that's about the size you'd like and measure that. I'm making a pretty big bed for our dog, Tucker. So I'll cut two large muslin rectangles measuring 26" X 38".
Fold them in half one direction and then again in half the other direction. You should have all 4 corners stacked on each other:
Then find a plate, a cup, a curved ruler - anything round to help you curve these corners. Follow around the curved object with your rotary cutter or trace the curve and cut with scissors:
Next measure the distance all the way around the perimeter of the rectangle and cut enough 4" strips of muslin to sew together to equal that distance:
Sew these side strips together and then pin one long side of the strip to one of the muslin rectangles, using extra pins around the corners:
Sew all the way around. Pin the remaining rectangle to the other edge of the side strip and sew all the way around, except leave an opening about 6" - 8" along one side for stuffing.
Turn the liner right side out and push all the edges out with your hands. Start filling the bed with all those garbage scraps we've been saving. (As a general rule, I don't use batting scraps in the bed . . . unless they're really small and skinny. I have better uses for batting scraps!) Keep filling until it's nice and comfy.
Mine's about half full. I did throw in a few used dryer sheets for a fresh smell. I wonder how long those will work!
We'd love to hear from you. Tell us about your pet - are you making a bed for a dog or a cat?