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Lynda's Square Foot Project: Doggy Day Bed

Lately I have been giving some thought to living with less. Don’t get me wrong, I love my things, I love collecting things and having nice things around me but, if I were to say, move to place where I could only take a third of what I have, could I do it? My house has a total of 1,600 square feet (including the basement). Could I downsize in order to live in 600 square feet or less?

This year, I’m going to attempt to start this process by taking baby steps towards recycling some of the things I love so that it serves a real purpose and purging some things that I have loved but can do without.

For example, I have a lovely vintage suitcase that belonged to my aunt Dotti. It usually sits on display somewhere in my home and that’s about all. Until now.

I've seen upcycled dog beds made out of luggage before, but most came with a hefty price tag or were DIY projects that were either too time consuming or resulted in taking apart the suitcase, which I didn’t want to do. So, I came up with a way to give my chihuahua Lily a new bed that required only a couple of hours and simple sewing skills.

[images: portrait of Lily by Judi Pudge, photos of Lily's bed by Lynda Felton]

First I gave the suitcase a good cleaning inside and out. Then, using some vintage bark cloth I had left over from a previous project, I made a pillow to fit the inside of the suitcase.  My Covet Garden colleague Rhonda had given me a small sheepskin rug she had found at Value Village and it has now become Lily’s winter bed topper.  And, because I was on a roll I also made Lily a new bark cloth blanket thus using up even more spare fabric I had lying around.  I think you can see for yourself the result is a success.

To recap:

• I started with 1,600 square feet

• Suitcase + fabric + sheepskin = 6 square feet               

• Lily's dog bed = 2.5 square feet

New total = 1,594 square feet

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    That was so sweet of you to provide the fantastic bed for your doggy. In fact I liked it very much and OMG! your doggy looks pretty awesome. In fact, it remind me my old friend rocky which died around a couple of years ago. Anyway thanks for the share.
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Reader Comments (7)

So inspirational in it's simplicity and beauty. Lily looks very comfy wumfy in her new bed. Love the whole cutting back on belongings plan, it could take me years. Thanks for sharing!

January 15, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterBillie Bling

Oh how sweet! I'm a keen advocate of taking something out of the house, every time I bring in something new.....but heck, I'm not measuring the surface area!!! k x

January 16, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterKia

That is the sweetest thing I have ever seen! She looks so peaceful on her little sheepskin.

January 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSal

Looks great for a last minute trip with a tiny dog....throw in a handfull of Kibbles .. pop down the lid and you are quick to go!

January 25, 2012 | Unregistered Commenterchirpychipmunk

Oh my goodness, she is the sweetest thing! The girls think she is adorable too. You are so very clever!

January 25, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterSherri

I have a couple of chihuahuas and would love to make one of these...I am just wondering how you keep the lid from banging closed when she jumps in it?? My two are pretty rambunctious at times and I know they would jump in it, hit the bang of the suitcase and cause the lid to fall shut. Knowing my two it would scare them silly and they would never get in it again!

February 22, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterPam

How do you keep the lid from falling on her? I want to make one, but I can see my pet freaking out if the lid ever fell on her.

April 6, 2012 | Unregistered CommenterTeresa

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