Whether you are new to quilting or you’ve been doing it for years, you’ve probably already started accumulating fabric scraps. While many of the larger scraps can be used in future quilting projects, some might be either too small or just not a fabric you want to use again. Kelly Hanson shows you how to make a dog bed quickly and easily using the scraps you may have otherwise thrown away.
When it comes to starting to collect your fabric scraps, Kelly shows you a great way to do it that keeps all of your scraps together from the beginning. She starts by taking a large piece of fabric and sews a pillow case. You can do this by either folding a long rectangular piece of fabric in half and stitching both sides, or stitching two pieces together on three sides. Since this is a fabric scrap project, you can construct the pillowcase any way that gives you a large enough bag to fit in a small trash can. Kelly then shows how to use the pillowcase as a lining for the trash can that you can then start collecting your fabric scraps in. Once the fabric bag has been filled up Kelly shows how to fold over and finish the top edge, turning the pillowcase into a dog bed. Learning how to make a dog bed like this one is a great way to use quilt scraps, including both fabric and batting.
Even if you don’t have a dog yourself, you can still learn how to make a dog bed and then donate it. Kelly explains how these dog beds can be donated to local shelter pets. The bed becomes theirs while they stay there and when they are adopted out the bed gets to go with them.
Great idea to line the wastebasket with it ! A guild I was in before I moved met monthly to make these, but dealing with all the scraps people brought in was a
mess. This way, no mess. Thank you!
I thought this was a wonderful idea and made a few smaller ones for our feral cat shelter. The problem is the scraps tend to ball together when the pillow is washed which makes them lumpy and the pillow takes FOREVER to dry in the dryer. This would not be a problem if you live in a sunny area and can leave it outside to dry, but I live in the Pacific Northwest so have to use a dryer. I have tried cutting the pieces into smaller bits but this becomes very labour intensive. Any other suggestions are welcome because this is a great way to recycle scraps effectively.
Put a tennis ball (or 2) in the dryer with the pillow. It will help break up the clumps. It’s a bit noisy banging around but won’t harm the dryer. Tennis shoes also work, so if you need to wash a pair of shoes, do it at the same time.