I have a confession...
My dog - this beautiful creature...
And I just kept on putting them on our bed, holes and all...THREE top sheets, several pillow cases and a duvet cover, all resembling something like this:
Some were even worse than that!! Chewed to shreds and tied in knots. The first duvet got destroyed beyond repair [not worth sharing a photo, it's SO bad...it deserves a proper burrial to mourn its death haha].
The dog is no longer allowed to stay out while we aren't home - shame for him, better for my sanity!
But what's a DIYer on a budget supposed to do? Buy new sheets every time the dog gets hungry? uhhh, no. I decided that rather than spending a fortune on a new duvet that would inevitably fall prey to Dante's incessant hunger [and in an effort to keep in line with one of my BALANCE practices, frugality], I'd sew us a new one using two flat sheets. SO, I went to trusty old Walmart, spent $34 on two sheets and sewed up a cover! It looked great - for about a week, until we left him in someone else's care while we were gone for the day - and he chewed a hole in that one too.
[This is just one of the SMALL holes left behind by his chompin' jaws]
I refused to start over and after a week or so of mulling it over [while the hole growing larger day by day] I had an idea! Use the old and holy sheets to create patches for the holes in the duver cover.
So, I gathered the supplies, including a too-short-paint splattered pair of PJ pants I no longer wore,
And, I'm relatively unconcerned with him making more holes - I have lots of left-over fabric for more patches, and it will add to the character of it, no? ;)
I'm sure the best solution is to just shut the bedroom door,and never allow the animals on the bed. However, given the fact that the dogs need to go THROUGH our room to get to the backyard - and that I continually fail to close the door behind me - that's just not likely...At least until our new room is done!
But, I was still left with gnawed on pillow cases and that big old grey sheet - most of it was just fine, but the hole in the bottom made it SO irritating to sleep with [foot caught in hole anyone??] My plan for our finished bedroom is a lot of neutrals for the bedding [beige, cream, greys], so I decided to whip up some new pillow cases, and save the waste of simply tossing the sheet in the trash.
I measured an existing case [inside out, 19x29 inches, plus 6 inches on one end to create an envelope style case], cut out 2 quick rectangles and came up with these!
I don't have a serger, so I did a double zig-zag stich for a little detail, and to keep my ramshackle hem in place. I was so pleased until I put the case on my pillow and saw...
You guessed it.
Well...I like how it turned out :)