Monday, March 17, 2014

Foxy's New Dog Bed Cover and How to Cut a Foam Cushion

Happy St. Patty's Day!!!

The new coffee table has actually taken up a lot of space that was previously available to things such as Foxy's dog bed. You can read the original post about her dog bed here. After much consideration it just seemed as though Foxy's bed would best be kept small so we could tuck it under the table when it's in the way. And since Foxy's dog bed is the size of a large couch cushion I figured we'd better cut it down to size.

Foxy was available for supervision throughout the entire project. And since the original post wasn't an incredibly helpful tutorial I tried to revamp this one to give a more step by step guide to the sewing.

I measured the cushion, drew a line in sharpie, and then used our electric knife to cut the cushion.

This was super easy and took maybe 30 seconds to cut the entire cushion.

I had some left over fabric so I just used that. I cut the top to fit with an additional inch on each side for hem.

Next, I cut each side, also with an inch extra. Then I pinned to two long sides and sewed those together, followed by the two short sides.

I did the corners next. I actually hate doing corners, they're also so tough to pin and sew. I found a little trick. I took the long sides of the cushion and folded the fabric over where I had just sewn it to the top of the bed. Then I folded the corners up like in the pic above.

Next, I folded the short side up and pinned where the two edges met.

The corners, for the first time in my life, turned out perfectly!!!

Next, I turned the case inside out, pinned the bottom and sewed three sides.

I then stuffed the cushion.

I folded the last edge in and made it as neat as possible.

And I sewed the final edge by hand.

Foxy sat with me the entire time I made her cover but when it was time to take pics she just wanted to play, so I bribed her with a treat to sit on her bed.

I prefer the other fabric, but this cover is sewn much better. Practice! And here it is tucked under the table.

With just enough head room for Foxy to cuddle up!

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