Ever since Koly and Fe got their new dog beds, they’ve kind of been bugging me.Don’t get me wrong. The beds are adorable and I love them. They’re still the perfect fit for our decor – dark background to hide the black puggle hair with just a splash of bold colour. Something was… missing, though. As much as I loved them, they just didn’t seem complete. Then it hit me: I hate an undressed bed. A home decor magazine would never show a human mattress just tossed on the floor with a fitted sheet on it! No! They would have a lovely frame and a variety of pillows to soften it up. That was exactly what my dog beds were missing. For weeks, I’ve been sketching and planning and dreaming of the perfect dog bed frame, but I’ve been stuck. See, I have a very specific type of leg in mind – short hair pin legs. They’re wildly expensive, but I think they’ll be worth it when the design is done. I just have to find them! In the mean time, I set about doing what I could to dress up the beds with pillows. I’ve spent untold hours fabric shopping. There’s so much out there. Nothing seemed…right. It was all too loud, too patterny or too sold and too boring. I decided our first pillow needed to be a statement piece. I’m absolutely in love with pillows that have quotes on them. I have a ton of them – Harry Potter quote, Peter Pan, dieting humour and more. This time, I knew I needed a dog quote, one of my favourite dog quotes. The only problem? I can barely write neatly in pen! LOL, the thought of trying to write fluidly in fabric puff paint was insane. I tried it, just once freehand and I made such a mess that I threw the fabric out. *humpf* I did a little Google searching and found out there is a much easier way to put paint onto fabric: freezer paper stencils. Holy woof! It’s so very easy. Here’s what you need: 2 – 19 x 19 squares of heavy weight fabric (I used black denim from the bargain bin – $3 score!) Matching thread Polyfil or other pillow stuffer 2 shades of Tulip Dimensional Fabric Paint Freezer paper (not waxed paper) Sewing Machine and/or hand sewing needle Let’s do this! Print your chosen quote on regular printer paper or download the one I used here. (I decided to mix my fonts. The script is called Clementine Sketch and the block font Impact Condensed). Lay a piece of freezer paper, waxy side down, over your print out and trace the outline of your letters. (Don’t worry about making it perfect! Ok you guys… this is LEGIT the hardest part of this DIY dog pillow. Use an X-Acto craft knife to cut the outline of your letters. Centre the wax paper on your fabric, right side up. Heat your iron to the appropriate temperature for your fabric. Press the iron over the freezer paper, smoothing out wrinkles and securing the freezer paper in place. (The wax part will melt slightly, which will keep it in place without leaving a mark. Fancy, right?) Fill in your letters with Tulip Dimensional Fabric paint. Allow paint to dry for 30 minutes or so, then carefully peel away the freezer paper, taking care not to smudge the paint. (If you let it dry completely, you could end up with freezer paper stuck to the paint.) Set the panel is a safe place, away from curious dog noses and allow paint to dry for 48 hours.
You guys, I know the Groundhog was all “More winter for everybody!”, but I am desperately dreaming of spring.While some of you are facing record breaking snow, here at Casa de Kolchak, it’s warm and wet. Spring is so close we can almost taste it. It’s left me and the dogs yearning for the sun, days on the deck and the Spring flowers blooming. I have a pair of boys, but you folks with pretty little girl dogs can capture just a little of that spring magic early this year by making a pretty flower for your dog’s collar. The beauty of DIY Fabric Flowers is that they can be as easy or as hard as you like. The flowers I made (poor poor) Koly wear for our feature photo took me less than 10 minutes and cost me under a $1 to make. Whether you’re a a novice sewer, an accomplished seamstress or you believe hot glue can rule the world (like me) there’s a fabric flower for you.
And with our help any fabric flower tutorial can be turned into a dog collar flower tutorial.… [read more]
OK, so let’s talk poop.Is there anyone out there who likes being the dope with a bag of poop in their hand? I don’t. No one I know does. It’s gross… and a little weird. But, if you’re a responsible dog owner, picking up after your pet is just one of those things you have to do. No matter how icky it is. Seriously though, how awkward is it, when you’re out on a walk and you run into people you know and you just have to stand thre, making polite conversation, like there isn’t a bag of crap in your hand? It’s not great and it’s even worse if the person you’re talking to isn’t dog people and you get that whole “Ew, I could never have a dog” remark.
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You guys, I fell like I’m so behind the times this holiday!I adore Halloween. I love to decorate and watch spooky movies and make special Halloween treats, but thans to a few super busy weeks hanging out with that Job guy and a cold that is totally kicking my butt, I’ve done like…nothing. There’s not decor up. I haven’t carved pumpkins. For woof sakes, I haven’t even finished Koly & Fe’s costumes yet. UGH. So while I should be working on any one of about a squillion tings tonight, I’m not because I’m dying to make these: HOLY WOOF ARE THESE NOT THE CUTEST EVER? I need like 15 of them RIGHT NOW, including a giant one that I can use as a pillow…all with different goofy faces on them. Koly and Fe think these would make woofing awesome dog toys…maybe with a double thick layer of heavy weight felt and a squeaker inside? They’re totally right.
As much as I tried to fight it, it’s definitely Fall at Casa de Kolchak.All the signs are here: rusty coloured trees, crunchy leaves and a definite chill to the air. It even smells like Autumn out there. Something about accepting that it’s fall just makes me want to curl up with my pups, a tasty pumpkin spice latte and a good book. As some of you noticed last week, there is something odd going on in the Casa de Kolchak living room:
Yeah, you’re seeing that right, Koly has brought our fabulous outdoor dog bed inside.We’ve had a lot of dog beds at Casa de Kolchak over the years, but ever since our move last fall, Koly and Fe have been using a pair of hot pink floor cushions that I’ve had for over a decade. They graced my first apartment and they have this ridiculous sense of nostalgia attached to them. I’ve totally thought they were getting the job done, after all, both dogs lay on them, but when Koly started whining at the door to go lay on the deck, even when it was chilly out, I realized that maybe my dogs don’t like them as much as I do. Over the years, the fabric has become pretty worn and shabby, the cushions have broken down giving them this wobbly, misshapen appearance and oh holy woof, are they ever getting grubby. You guys, dog beds need to have removable, washable covers. That’s like dog bed 101. :/ I’m fussy as heck though, so while I’m on the quest for the perfect dog beds to replace these, I just might break down and make a couple of these super cozy looking DIY Dog Beds. Besides, I’m kind of in love with the idea of having a few dog beds that we bring out seasonally!
5 Cozy DIY Dog Beds to Snuggle Up With
No Sew Dog Bed from Luigi and MeI had no idea that Isabelle, the awesome designer behind Dharf, an Aussie brand who makes some of the cutest doggie bow ties I’ve ever seen, also blogged until I stumbled across this super adorable fleece dog deb tutorial on the Pinterest. Perfect for those who can’t (or won’t) sew, this bed is super easy, extra soft and cozy and can be made to match any decor. Vaguely related: I have fallen head over heels in love with her dog. Get the full instructions on how to make one for your dog at Luigi and Me.
Upcycled Sweater Bed from Pet Project BlogDo you have a favourite old sweater – maybe a snuggly cable knit from a few winters ago or that old college sweat shirt you just can’t seem to throw out? I know you do. We all do. Breathe new life into an old favourite by converting it into and dog bed for your little dog. It’s so easy and you can find all the instructions at Pet Project Blog.
Cozy Quilt Bed from Better Homes & GardensIs there anything cozier than a worn in old quilt? For years, we’ve had a couple patchwork quilts at the Lake house and now I’m contemplating stealing them and bringing a little bit of the lake home with me. Do you think my cousins would notice? Get the free pattern on the Better Homes and Gardens website.
Fleecy Petal Bed from Sarah M. Dorsey DesignsI love the high sides, adorable accent ties and the way you can use a fabric that co-ordinates with your decor, along with a solid that works with your dog’s fur colour! This one takes a little more sewing skill, but it looks so cozy and worth it! Find our how you can recreate this adorable petal bed at Sarah M. Dorsey Designs.
Snuggle Sack Blankie & Bed Combo from Kirby the DorkieIf you aren’t following our friend Kirby (who is the cutest ever) then you are MISSING OUT. This blog is a treasure trove of doggy fabulous. I think Kolchak, who loves to snuggle under the blankies, would adore this two in one bed/blankie combo. Find out how to make a Snuggle sack for your dog at Kirby the Dorkie.
Have you ever made a dog bed for your pups? What design did you use and how easy/hard did you find it?
So apparently, fall is coming and soon it will be all hot drinks and sweaters. Cover your cups with these easy and adorable, dog themed no sew cup sleeves.
This post is sponsored by Babyville Boutique, offering specialty fabrics for sewing for the special people (or dogs) in your life. While we were compensated for this post, all opinions are our own.
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