Okay, so I realize that I announced my sewing class sign-up on Facebook earlier this week (it’s official, right? Because it’s on Facebook?), but I’m not there yet. (However, I will be in February!) Anyway, Jack needed a new bed. Bad. And he wasn’t about to wait until I learned to sew for a couple reasons: 1) the poor guy needs a cozy place to “work” from every day, but 2) his current bed smelled so awful, I was unable to get any work done with every toss and turn of his little puppy body. I realize this is TMI, probably.
You might remember that his old bed was a floor pillow from Ikea. The insert was non-washable, and although we washed the velvety cover weekly, the insert itself became a trap for grimy, dirty Jackie germs. And because he ate his first bed (here, from Molly Mutt), we wanted something that was not only inexpensive, but easier to maintain – aka, we could wash the whole thing. Inside and out.
So, I purchased 2 yards of durable outdoor fabric on sale (about $15 total) and used the same no-sew technique from this pillow of yore – just on a larger scale. Jack curls up in the tightest little Pittie balls you’ve ever seen, so we decided on a 26″ square for his new bed (his last one was a 24″ square, which was plenty big).
I added two buttons I rummaged up from old craft supplies and used a match to burn the cut-out hole. Seriously. The outdoor fabric melted perfectly, creating a stiff edge (that didn’t fray – even in the wash!). I did add a quick stitch on the corner of each button hole, though, to prevent it from growing. So professional, I know.
For the pillow guts, we used old towels. In total, there are about 7 towels for Jack’s pillow fluff (let’s just say we had needed new towels in the bathroom for years, as evidenced by a few we still had from college!), and of course we love that we can throw them right in the wash with the no-sew cover itself.
It’s since been washed and dried, and it held up like a champ. To be honest, I’m not surprised, because while I receive much slack from friends who can sew, Stitch Witchery hem tape really is strong. It holds the hems of every curtain in our home – and a few toss pillows, too! The biggest “trick” when using hem tape, I find, is patience. A damp cloth between the hot iron and fabric with a minimum 20 second press makes all the difference.
So, while I plan to punch 2013 in the throat by eventually learning to sew (that would’ve been my entry submission, by the way), Jack needed a comfy, cozy bed now – before his mom got her sewing-ducks in a row. And I’m telling you (that is, my dear friends who give me a hard time about my lack of sewing skills – love you!), hem tape ain’t so bad.