So, last weekend we made beds and mats for the humane society, and today will be more using up some other things you may have around the house to make more. DH bought a new pillow for himself, and wanted to throw the old one away. Of course, I couldn’t let him do that. The fiberfill in his old pillow was perfectly fine for a dog bed, just pull away any fiberfill that looks dirty or stained after washing. I pulled away just a bit of the top layer on the surface of the pillow stuffing, the edges and middle looked clean. Then, I pulled out an old sheet that will never get used for quilt backing. I cut it up into rectangles, and serged three edges.
I used the serger for really only one main reason, to use the machine. Any machine needs to be used regularly to maintain it in working order. Plus, I have lots of thread for it!
But, just use your regular machine if you don’t have a serger. Sew three edges and part of the fourth leaving an opening for turning. Stuff softly, then topstitch the edge closed.
That old pillow will fill a bunch of dog beds. The fiberfill gets very fluffy when pulled apart.
Smaller pieces of batting can be folded into the right size to fill a crate mat.
Just start with the size piece of fabric you want, then place the folded batting on top, trimming off any excess.
Sew the edges leaving an opening for turning. Roll the batting, and insert, then unroll inside for a flatter mat. This mat is 12 x 18 inches.
Then I had two pieces left over 10 x 16, those will be fine. I lay batting on the sewn cover and trimmed it to fit.
Then, I had little batting pieces like these left over.
Which turned into quite a fluffy stuffing when pulled apart with my hands.
So, one pillow, one king size sheet, and some leftover batting scraps turned into this!
Seven dog beds and two crate mats ready for a sweet dog or cat to use while waiting for a forever home. I cleared out a bunch of stuff from my sewing room between today’s project and last weekend’s beds, all from things that might have just been thrown away otherwise. Recycle and reuse. Old pillowcases would make quick beds too. And as reader Jeanne observed, an old hole filled blanket can be cut up for stuffing too. It is a win-win for me and the animals!
Do you have old pillows, pillow cases, blankets and sheets to recycle? What might you do with them?