Last Sunday at Rhinebeck, I wandered into the beautiful Buckwheat Bridge booth. Admiring the wall of yarn, my eye was drawn to a Most Unusual Object. It was one of a kind.
It was a dog bed made from an adult-sized Nordic-style L.L. Bean pullover that seemed to have a very tiny neck opening. (Laundry accident? Who knows.)
The stuffing was wool fleece. Because this was a sheep and wool festival.
Ka-ching! I bought it for Olive. It’s so Her Thing. She loves dog beds, people beds, and cushions of any kind. She loves sweaters. She loves wool. It’s a big upgrade, home dec-wise, from her hand-me-down, black nylon Kirkland pet bed, known as The Bucket.
Baby’s first sweaterbed. olive’s own sweater was a gift, knitted by norma miller.
I vaguely recalled having seen a how-to video for how to DIY an old sweater into a pet bed. The one up top makes it look so easy. All the assembly stitches are by hand. All you need is some strong yarn, the stuffing from two old pillows (being a dog, Olive prefers used-unto-near-death pillows), a big-eyed needle, and scissors. We got this!
A 10-pound terrier’s life is hard, but the little luxuries help.
The sweater used for Olive’s bed is so big that only the top half was stuffed. The bottom half was folded over and stitched onto the bottom of the bed, so it’s triple-thick.
My weekend project is to make a spare sweater bed for Olive. (Instagram spoiler! If you make one, please post to the #sweaterbed hashtag so we can all enjoy.)
There are other tutorials, some using sweatshirts, and some using sewing machines, but I like the by-hand approach. I can see a lot of Alabama Chanin-ish opportunities here.
What a great low-key craft project. If you have a small dog, or a cat of any size up to XX-KRMT, get your hands on an old sweater and get busy.