Thursday, June 21, 2018

Dog Days of Summer

Happy Summer Solstice! It's a time "to slow down and appreciate the arrival of summer" during the longest day of the year.

I just finished making 4 more dog beds for the Humane Society. 

You would be surprised at how heavy this pile is! They are made from old pillowcases and stuffed with scraps of fabric and batting strips that are trimmed from the edges of a quilt just before the binding goes on. 

Remember that only scraps that are less than 1" go in the dog beds. 1" pieces are useable for things like the Omigosh project. Of course larger than 1" pieces go into regular scrap bins. Making dog beds is a great way to deal with the really small stuff and give it one more use before going to the landfill. 

If you want to make your own Missouri Star Company has a video posted with ideas and tips - dog bed tutorial.

9 comments:

  1. Cute connection ... summer solstice to dog days of summer to dog beds (and what a great project that is)! How ironic is it that on the longest day of the year, it's cloudy and rainy here? Haha! Have a great day! :)

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  2. Such a great project to work on and donate!

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  3. Anything that can be used a second (or third) time before it hits the landfill is always a great project. Thanks for sharing the link.

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  4. We just had our winter solstice yesterday. Not that you would know, calm sunny weather lately. Although things are rather chilly overnight.

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  5. I thought maybe you got a new puppy! lol A great use for those unusable scraps. Have a great Summer.

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  6. Just a safety reminder. When I wind up with long skinny scraps, I cut them up in little pieces like 3". I read somewhere that young little pets can get into stuffing and long strips can pose strangulation dangers. I clump my longer pieces and cut through the pile a pass or two before I toss them into my shopping bag.

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  7. Good for you for making dog beds from those almost-but-not-quite unusable scraps! You're right about them being heavy. Cotton can be really dense! I'm sure some shelter pups will be greatly comforted by their new pillows :)

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  8. What a great way to use up those smaller bits. Hope you enjoyed your longest day of the year.

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  9. Kathy, thank you so much for sharing the pet bed idea and link from MSQC. While we no longer have our baby dogs, a great idea to donate or give as gifts. Bless you.

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