If anyone can understand how my random brain works, you guys can! Here's an idea I came up with and am posting for all y'all animal shelter crafters to
be inspired by.
1) I have a puppy that sometimes has sleepovers on my friend's farm. I wanted him to have a bed at the farm, but seeing how dirty & smelly he gets, was NOT going to buy one from a pet store. I wanted one I could easily throw in the wash.
2) I was looking on craftster and saw some great ideas for pet beds out of towels and fleece. Still, I didn't want to buy new poly fill (yes I'm cheap!). The posts described the cold concrete floor that most shelter animals have to sleep on.
3) One of my favorite places to shop is the "pay-by-the-pound" thrift store we have in town. I have two young daughters and they need snowpants for home and school. I kept finding snowpants with one flaw-- you guessed it -- the knees worn out. I thought it was a shame that these nice warm snowpants were discarded for 4 sq inches of imperfection.
So, add them all up, and what do you get? Snowpants pet bed!Why I love it: Cheap
(snowpants don't weigh a lot, so I can get them cheap at my favorite "store". OR, just use the ones my kids have wrecked!). Easily washable. Warm and water resistant.
Easily convertible, and it keeps stuff out of landfills
Next time I do one, I'll take more before & during pictures, or if I'm super ambitious write a tut, but for now, just use your imagination from the final photo.
Basically, cut off legs, sew together to form one long tube, sew tube (now the bed's side) on to rear/bib part of snowpants (now bed's bottom). Turn right-side out to hide the seams from those picky shelter kitties & puppies (just kidding) and you're done! Someone more ambitious than me could easily whip up a dozen of these in a single afternoon.
Enjoy and I hope that someone can take their love of crafting and passion for animals and upcycle cast-offs for good use especially as the snow starts to melt (soon, I hope, right?)
P.S. If you're crafty and have a passion for stroke victims instead of/in addition to animals, stay tuned for my next post regarding my sister.