Pillows for Paws

I can’t take any credit for this idea. The awesome sewing ladies that get together for classes at Job #1 came up with this brilliant way to get rid of scraps AND give back to the animals at our local shelters. What could be better?

There are only SO many ways you can creatively use up your scraps. Eventually, the time must come for them to go to scrap Heaven… and in this “case” (har har), that Heaven is a pillow case 😉IMG_2557

Recognize any of these materials? They are the scrap fabric of projects and refashions dating back to God knows when… After hoarding them for the proverbial “rainy day” I decided to put them to better use.

The ladies that meet at my Job #1 are always working on various sewing projects. After years of seeing pillow cases filled with scraps laying ALL around their class room, my curiosity finally got the better of me and I had to ask: They were making homemade beds for the dogs and cats at our animal shelters. *cue the “AWW!” and tears.

They pool together and purchase several pillowcases at a time, fill ’em up with scraps, sew them shut, and take them to the animal shelters. And, that’s exactly what I decided to do with MY scraps!

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When it’s full, sew the open end shut.

On your Janome sewing machine ;)

I used this Janome sewing machine.  You don’t even have to use matching thread…

Just a simple straight stitch.

That’s all it takes to make a comfortable bed for a dog or cat at your local animal shelter. Most of the time the animals just end up sleeping on concrete slabs or newspapers…

You wouldn’t even have to go buy a set of pillow cases, you could make some of your own with extra fabric or worn clothes.  A dog or cat waiting to be adopted would much rather sleep on a soft pillow than a hard newspaper.

I have not, personally, taken the stuffed pillows to the shelters. If I did, I would be coming home with dozens of new pets 🙂 I just can’t handle it. God bless the sewing ladies that take on that emotional responsibility AND came up with idea to begin with! Class Act.



2 thoughts on “Pillows for Paws

    1. Thanks. Like, I said I can’t take credit for the idea. I’m an animal lover so now that these gals have given me the idea, I’m obsessed with it. I can’t think of a better way to put scraps to good use.

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