This is Gillis and he’s a great dog in every way. One of Gillis’ cutest moves is a hold the dog bed in your mouth move which, according to research, is a method of self-soothing. You can see him self-soothing below with another bed. What stresses this dog needs to alleviate? I have no idea, he lives like a king.
Gillis, for all his wonderfully endearing qualities, wrecks dog beds regularly because of this self soothing. The corners get all gummed and discoloured and the bed covers look disgusting. I was thrilled to find a great DIY project on a wonderful blog last year and made my own version. Find the original inspiration blog here.
I bought a painters drop-cloth at Canadian Tire because it is inexpensive and durable and I wanted the rougher look. I used supplies from the dollar store for most everything else.
Supplies: hardware store painters drop cloth// craft brushes from dollar store// black paint from dollar store// a roll of self adhesive book cover from dollar store//x-acto knife// sewing machine
I measured the existing insert from one of the ruined dog beds (there are a number to choose from around here) and created a design in Adobe Illustrator to scale. The inspiration for the design was the Nova Scotia flag because Gil, even though born in Ontario, adores Nova Scotia. I cut out the rectangle for the first side and for the other side I used the prefinished edges of the drop-cloth to create an overlap back. Using the print-out as a template I cut a stencil from the roll of self adhesive book cover. I placed the medallion, peeled off the backing, stuck it to the fabric and applied the paint. I then used painters tape for the cross on the outside and was done.
It certainly isn’t a perfect paint job but I wanted a rough, handmade feel. All that was left to do when it dried was to sew the three pieces together. I’m quite sure I’ll end up making another fairly soon so I didn’t make gusseted sides which would have made it look much better. Perhaps next time.
You can see below what reaction it got from his highness.