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What about using scraps for Shelter Pet Beds?
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Date: 5/2/13 7:25 PM

I am a waste not want not kind of gal - When I sew I toss my tiny scraps and thread waste into a bag as "soft" trash to save for stuffing a Pet Bed.

Today I was wondering looking for the How to and came across this website -- I am in AWE! I adore my rescued 4 cats (we had 6 but 2 passed last year) and always adopt the older ones -- Made me think hmm I bet my Scrap fabric could also be used to make Shelter Pet Beds!

Thanks for looking - Just tossing ideas out to folks like me that are resourceful with their scraps :-Debbie

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Date: 5/2/13 7:26 PM

I am a waste not want not kind of gal - When I sew I toss my tiny scraps and thread waste into a bag as "soft" trash to save for stuffing a Pet Bed.

Today I was wandering about looking for the How to and came across this website -- I am in AWE! I adore my rescued 4 cats (we had 6 but 2 passed last year) and always adopt the older ones -- Made me think hmm I bet my Scrap fabric could also be used to make Shelter Pet Beds!

Thanks for looking - Just tossing ideas out to folks like me that are resourceful with their scraps :-Debbie


Shelter Beds for Dogs and Cats

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Date: 5/2/13 8:50 PM

I've been putting all my tiny scraps and threads in a ziploc bag with the intention of stuffing small pillows. My plan was maybe to use the pattern muslin from a project to make a permanent sewn-closed case for the scraps, and then make an envelope style slipcover for the pillow out of any larger scraps from the same project's fashion fabric. Except i couldn't figure out what i'd do with the pillow!
Maybe a pet pillow, but i'm concerned that a puppy might chew on it, pop the seams and get little fabric scraps all over everything, or worse yet, eat them and get sick.

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Date: 5/2/13 9:14 PM

I have a med-large dog, so it would take a lot of bits and snips for his beds (4).

For "big mutt" I recycle my bed pillows. Two kings basted together along one side then tucked into a zippered cover makes him one happy fellow.

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Date: 5/2/13 10:11 PM

YES! I actually called our shelter for the crate and cage sizes so I can make my practice quilts for them. I want to learn FMQ and thought the darling creatures would not mind if my stipples intersect or if my bindings are wonky I will use polyester batting as I think cotton would not wash and dry as well.
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Date: 5/2/13 11:33 PM

Hi HDWen,

I sew for the county rescue shelter. Scraps can be used to make a wide variety of items. I repurpose clothing to make dog coats, cat and dog toys, cushion covers, etc. I have not yet started making beds.

I prefer not to use thread as stuffing, as it can be ingested and cause problems in the digestive tract. I also will not use polyester, nylon, etc., for stuffing beds and toys, whether they are for cats or dogs. These man-made fabrics can not be digested and can cause blockages.

Many cat rescues, especially those who rescue sick or older cats, are always looking for toys which can be put in the washer and dryer. Fabric scraps are great for making toys. The fact that the scraps may be irregularly shaped gives character and uniqueness to the toys. Stuffing the toys with other scraps makes them washable, which is greatly appreciated by the rescues. Make sure you sew the edges very well, either by sewing the seams twice, or by using a zig zag in addition to the straight stitch, especially if the fabric ravels.

Rather than throw the thread away, I am saving it to compost. Polyester thread will not break down, but the cotton thread will. Man-made fabrics also will not break down, so they get tossed, unless they are large enough to use for toys or garments, or to patch together to make an interesting "cloth."

Cat toys which are not destined for the washing machine can be filled with a mixture of scraps and catnip (I just planted some).

Anything you make for the shelter pets will be greatly appreciated. Your gift to them will be the only thing they have to call theirs while they endure the difficulties inherent in living in a shelter. Your gift will help ease the anxiety and will give them some much needed comfort.

On behalf of all shelter pets, I thank you for your generosity and thoughtfulness.



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Subject: Shelter Pet Beds Date: 5/3/13 5:52 AM

Thanks for the link. And here's another one: Snuggles I've been donating quilted snuggles for several years and it's a rewarding way to use scraps or test new blocks.

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Date: 5/3/13 9:13 AM

For the batting...if they get soiled wouldn't it be better to have polyester or even fleece so it dries and does not retain the odors as much? I have never known a dog to chew up their own bed but I have never had a dog who is stressed...they are all loved and comfy.
PS I guess I had better consult with the shelter before i just go and sew up a bunch.
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Date: 5/3/13 9:23 AM

Have not experience any of this either, but dogs like to reposition the bedding (or at least try to) so I would not do any quilting (see other post) as the toe nails can get caught and cause the animal a lot of anxiety and may even tear a nail.

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Subject: Shelter Pet Beds Date: 5/3/13 9:26 AM

Thanks so much for the links. This is a great way for me to use some of the orphan quilting fabrics I bought and now have waay too much of. I've decided that the best way for me to go right now is pre-planned kits or FQ bundles. I have way too much fabric that I now have no intention of using.
Do any of these places take just the pieced outer portions and they will stuff them? I could make a bunch of those, but don't yet have enough scraps to stuff them with.

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