Monday, February 6, 2012

Finally finished my Dog Pillow!

I have been promising my daughter, Kathleen, that I would make her sweet Morkie a pretty pillow.  That was, ummm, about 6 months ago.    Today, I finally made it.  I'm one of those that needs the fabric to "talk" to me for inspiration.  And, I just bet, a lot of you understand!  
So, I found my inspiration fabric at Hobby Lobby last week.  It's a colorful paisley mixed with flowers on a black background.  I love this fabric.  Sad to say, I didn't write down the name of the fabric pattern and, when I went back to JoAnns, it was not there.  They sold out of it fast.   Well, live and learn....seems to be my theme lately.
Back to the pillow.  I wanted it to fit a standard pillow which is usually 20 x 28 inches.  I like to make my pillows a little smaller than any insert I will use - makes it a little more plumpy  (is that a word?)   It was originally going to be an envelope pillow but I decided, at the last minute, to experiment with an invisible zipper.  
This is my attempt and I tried to follow the manufacturer's instructions.  But, I gave up and sort of winged it.   Pinned the right side of one zipper side to the right side of the fabric.  Used my zipper foot to stitch as close as possible to the zipper teeth.
Pinned the other zipper half the same way (right side to right side)  and stitched again.  
 Okay, not too bad a job.
Now for the fun part... final construction of the doggie pillow!
Pin the right sides together and stitch all around.  FYI - I always forget to unzip before I finish the last side so I have to creatively find a way to unzip the pillow so I can turn it right side out.  
Insert pillow and I am finished!  Maybe.  I think I want to round out the corners...
and love this quilted dog bed!
Ohh - one last thing.  This is the next dog bed/pillow I want to make.  Love it!
By Leah Anderson

until next time!


  1. I'm impressed! My only hand made pillows are made with Stitch Withcery! OK, I hand sew the opening at the end but that's about it for my sewing talent. I'm sure your daughter and her dog will love this!


  2. I LOVE IT! It is so chic- my doggie would love it...would you adopt us?
    Kerry at HouseTalkN

  3. That pillow is made out of lovely fabric. Your daughter has a lucky dog.

  4. So cute! I'd use that pillow myself. Maybe I already told you this, but I love that your dog is following me on facebook--made my day!

  5. Hi Mimi,

    It was so great to see you over at the new blog!

    I really appreciate the kind words and just had to let you know how much I adore your post.

    Brodie usually hogs the bed AND our pillows...maybe it's time he gets his own, too!

    Have a great day!

    Jamie Duncan


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