Monday, March 17, 2008

More Crafts for Sadie

In my near-constant reading of dog magazines and shopping for dog toys I came across this, and not seeing it available at my local pet store, decided I could make one myself.  JoAnn Fabrics recently had polar fleece on sale and they had a lot of remnants available, so I snapped some up and today I made my own version of the Mini Nesting Mat.

I had good intentions to produce a tutorial for others wanting to make their own Mini Nesting Mat, but it didn't turn out that great, and there are a lot of things I'd do differently next time, so I'm just going to give a basic overview of my approach.

First, I cut out two big squares from my largest piece, a slightly smaller square from my least favorite color of the four, and four flaps about 3 inches narrower than the largest square.

Then I sandwiched the green square between the two big blue squares, and secured the edges.  This piece is to give a little more cushion, and it just needed to be stuck down in a few places.

I put the flaps in place, pinned, and sewed around the edge.  Then I used quilt binding to finish the edge.

All done!

I will be the first to admit that the quilt binding is a train wreck.  I should have finished the edge flat with a zigzag stitch or something before trying to apply it.  I also might have rounded the corners, because I didn't do sharp corners very well.

It's possible that Sadie will simply rip it to shreds, but that's ok.  I didn't spend very much on it, and I can make it better next time, or just buy one. ;)


Gwen said...

That is going to be the most spoiled dog. :-)

NKY Knitter said...

I agree! Beth puts me to shame as a dog owner, and Sadie doesn't even live with her yet.