Recycle Jeans into a Dog or Cat Bed No Fleas Project
Jeans Just Taking Up Space
This is a quick and easy project that will take your old jeans and recycle them into a dog or cat bed that can work for large to small pets, and no fleas or bugs. It will make your dog or cat say thanks every time their head hits the pillow, save you some money., and make cleaning it a breeze Although I would say a little sewing is required anyone with access to a machine can do this or just get some liquid stitch. I framed my bed with an extra piece of wood I had from a deck, but it is not a necessity. I just like how it looks and when I get finished with the others, (3 total) will customize them for each dog
If you happen to have a few pair of jeans that are just taking up space, why not call your local animal shelter and ask if the could use an extra bed. Just let them know what you're doing and who knows they may start making their own.
For those of you that have read my hub on how to save or make money recycling jeans and were waiting on this hub I apologize for taking so long, but as you can see in the extra pictures we had some early arrivals, (11 of them). I know the pictures aren't about the bed but they are so darn cute I had to show you. If you haven't read the article and would like to just click on recycling jeans.
What You Will Need and Getting Started
The Things You Will Need
1. A pair of jeans
2. Scissors, thread, access to a sewing machine or liquid stitch, and Velcro (or duct tape for the time being)
3. A bag of cedar shavings from Amazon, your local feed store, or Walmart
Getting Started Steps
1) Cut the jeans along the inseam through the crotch so the middle is entirely open, (pic 1) If you are wanting a smaller bed cut the length of the legs off accordingly. If it is for a very small dog you could cut them off at the crotch and just sew the front and back together.
2) Sew the front legs together at the inseam from the crotch down. If you start at the crotch you can cut off any excess material left at the bottom of the leg. Now sew the back legs together the same way. I didn't even pin them together using the outer edge of the seam where I cut as a guide, (pic #2)
3) Sew the bottom of the front and back legs together. Again I didn't have to pin them making this entire project go a whole lot faster. When your finished it should look like picture #3.
4) Fill the bed with cedar as shown in pictures #4 & 5. Don't over stuff it or it will be hard to close. Apply the Velcro, ( I ran out so I used duct tape until I can get to the store) and secure the front and back together. That's all there is to it, unless you want to frame it or make pillows, you're done.
5) If you want to make pillows, (which is really easy) just cut off the legs of another pair of jeans, (I chose a different color for contrast) or if you made a smaller bed just use those. Turn them inside out and sew one end together and then turn them right side out and stuff with cedar or pillow stuffing. Velcro or sew the other end together and Walla a pillow You can use both legs and make them as big or small as you would like, (pic #7)
6) Framing the bed is also very simple Just cut a piece of wood the length of your bed, (I made mine a little smaller so the bed would look fluffier). Nail the pieces together and that's it. If you don't like the color or want to preserve it, (as long as your dogs doesn't chew it) . just get some Miniwax stain, sponge or wipe it on and let it dry. I used the color pecan mainly because it was I had it left over from another project and I like it a lot.
You can paint the wood any color you like to match a room if you like, or stencil the dogs name. You could even take a picture of the dog and glue it to the wood then put the name next to it. The possibilities are endless so just have fun.
Have and incredible day and again sorry for the delay but the babies needed me and they're like my kids. Have you hugged your pet lately? Talk to you soon.