Unusual Accomodations

I promise this is design related.

Here on the blog I regularly mention our little girl, Noah (here, here, and here).

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Occasionally, I mention our yorkie, Emma (here and here).

But one of our family members I neglect to mention is our orange tabby, Buddy.


Buddy has been around a while… longer than ML and I have been married. We adopted him from the animal shelter back in college and will turn eight this Thanksgiving. Up until we moved to Birmingham Buddy lived with ML and three other guys. This led to a very rambunctious beginning for Bud but he has matured a little over the years.

If you’re still reading I promise we are almost to the design part of the post.

You see Buddy likes to sleep on at the foot of our bed. Not on the floor at the foot of the bed but on the mattress at the foot of our bed. I realize not everyone is a cat person and letting animals sleep on the bed with you may not be everyone’s cup of tea but we enjoy it. The only problem is we have a white/cream duvet cover and an orange cat. Are you getting the picture here? He sheds. A lot. And it’s not white.

We tried to remedy the problem by placing this scrap piece of bedding at the foot of the bed for him.

Some nights he uses it ,other nights he prefers to snuggle closer to our feet (off of the fabric). So I decided to make a faux blanket of sorts to place at the end of the bed (for the cat).

All I wanted was a piece of fabric that would lay over the duvet cover and that could be thrown in the wash. I was able to make this faux blanket for just under ten bucks!

Noah and I paid a visit to Jo-Ann the other week. We took the accent pillow from our bed to use as inspiration.

I wanted to pull out the yellow in the pillow because I had already used it in the vase on my nightstand and I hope to incorporate it into some art work later. Plus yellow blends in with his orange fur.

I decided to go with broadcloth for the fabric for several reasons:

  • It is light weight
  • inexpensive
  • 50% off

After selecting the yellow broadcloth and matching thread (that was also 50%) off we stumbled across this beautiful trim.

Who could resist?

Making the “blanket” was very easy. I bought five feet of fabric, sewed a 1/4″ hem along all the edges, and then folded it in half. Next, I cut enough trim for each side, safety pinned to the edges of the fabric, and then used the left-over trim as decoration.

Ok, so did anybody catch the part where I safety pinned the trim?

It’s not fancy or anything but it does make it easily removable so that I can wash the fabric without damaging the trim. I would like to go back and sew snaps on the fabric and trim for a more finished look but this will work in the meantime.

So now we have a nice looking blanket for our cat at the foot of the bed. Which is helpful because we didn’t always remember to fold up the other scrap of cloth. Which completely doesn’t jive with the rest of the design of the room.

The faux blanket we can leave out during the day if we want and works with the rest of the room. I told Buddy he should feel pretty special that I made him such a nice blanket.

So what does Buddy think of it? He likes it. I wish I could offer you proof but he only jumps on the bed after we turn the lights out. I think he thinks that we can’t see him up there if the lights are out.

Have you ever made an unusual project for your pets? Or have to accommodate them in strange ways?

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11 thoughts on “Unusual Accomodations

  1. Trista

    Great idea! I should make one of those for Smokey, my 65 pound snuggle buddy. We just have a ugly grey fleece blanket at the end of our bed. Only thing is I’d have to make an entire blanket just for him because he may start at my feet, but when I wake up, he’s usually in my arms! Woops…

    1. Krystle Post author

      It’s amazing what we do for those little furballs we love! I can’t imagine a 40lb dog in the bed with us. Buddy is 18lbs and take up enough room as it is.

    1. Krystle Post author

      Thanks! Hopefully Buddy won’t let this get to his head. Gotta love him though… and give him props for giving me the idea to put a little color at the foot of our bed.

  2. Misty

    That blanket is so cute! What a great idea to safety pin the border so it’s easy to clean! Thanks for sharing and linking up at Simply Helping Him! Blessings!


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