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Topic: Idea: Animal Shelter pet bed from unwanted snowpants  (Read 4033 times)
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« on: March 01, 2009 04:49:16 PM »

Craftsters=my peeps. 
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 steal 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.


Looking for your extra inventory for a silent auction to help my sister.  See my post in "crafting for good..."
« Reply #1 on: March 01, 2009 04:51:23 PM »

This is terrific!!  Thank you!

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« Reply #2 on: March 01, 2009 05:12:04 PM »

wow...I know this will sound odd but...I love you! lol
What a great project. I truly like everything about this post because it reminds me so much of myself Smiley hehe...and it's a helpful project in so many ways!
I didn't want to buy new poly fill (yes I'm cheap!...
As an avid recycler, I know how you feel. To be honest I've never bought new poly fill...I wash fill from old pillows and stuffies. So don't feel cheap, you totally didn't need new poly fill for this project.
One of my favorite places to shop is the "pay-by-the-pound" thrift store
Hurray for by the pound stores!!

I had much more to write lol but my babe just woke up...but again, what a fantastic project and kudos to you for playing a major role in saving the planet... (one pair of snowpants at a time hehe) The pet bed looks great and really comfy Smiley I'm sure your little doggie will love it.
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« Reply #3 on: March 01, 2009 05:22:16 PM »

How sweet! I used to volunteer at a shelter, and I can tell you things like this are GREATLY appreciated.
Thats a really good idea, and it looks warm, too!
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« Reply #4 on: March 02, 2009 09:31:50 PM »

What a cool idea.

« Reply #5 on: March 04, 2009 08:11:45 AM »

Great idea! We adopted a dog from an animal shelter and I like to think that they are as comfortable as possible while they are there.
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« Reply #6 on: March 11, 2009 07:15:53 PM »

Funny thing I just today found like five pairs of snow pants in my basement, and my son left a pair out in the yard last week that I'm sure are wrecked, LOL! I also have a puppy (57 pounds) that is need of a bed, thanks for the idea.
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« Reply #7 on: April 27, 2009 05:46:41 PM »

flipping brilliant
« Reply #8 on: May 18, 2009 06:33:52 AM »

I love that idea, the one that is near us, is always asking for items so why not make beds and blankets. I have lots of yarn and material hanging around the house.
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