April 13, 2010

how to tuesday:: traveling aromatherapy dog bed.


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Well… no, it wasn’t built for travel, but it is made from an old suitcase. It takes a special kind of suitcase for this project, unless you can unhinge a regular suitcase. This one has a side zippered closure and the side was flimsy and easily cut off. I got the idea from the magazine, ReadyMade.

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I relined the inside. Basically, I measured and cut heavy stabilizer to fit the bottom and sides. Then fused fabric to it, quilting it for a nice handmade touch…so it didn’t look like it was just hot glued in... which it was.

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I made the cushion cover out of cozy chenille and totally removable for washing. This is the back of the cushion. I love the binding that I added to the edges. The cushion itself is filled with polyfil. For an added bonus I put about 5 cups of a dried lavender and balsam mix. Those two scents together are so yummy! Rosemary, dried of course, would also work for dogs.

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Tada!! Insert cute wienie dog here. Get out there and go thrifting for some vintage luggage!!

3 comments:

VERA said...

Sooo cute.

Robot Pop said...

I'm so making a bed like that when my family is ready to have a pet. Cindy, you are so talented!

Handmade Hooligans said...

I love this! I wish they made suitcases big enough for my pups.