Next month we are driving across the country to our new home, New Hampshire. We are so excited! But we are driving across with two dogs and I want to make sure they are comfortable and not anxious. They are both great at riding in the car but four or five days can be taxing, even on us humans. Last time we did this we had blankets for the dogs to lay on but blankets get bulky and take up a lot of room. My thought was to make a pocket, for lack of a better word, for our smallest dog, Cholula. It is her personal pampered pooch pocket.
I originally got the idea from one of the slings I’ve seen people carry small dogs in. Then while I was going through Hobby Lobby one day I saw this faux fur sherpa material and thought it was perfect for a pouch.
Not to mention how soft it is and she commandeers the softest things in the house. I knew it would be her favorite thing.
My only hesitation on this material was how tough it would be to work with. To my surprise though, this material was easier to work with than I expected. I didn’t need to change needles on my machine or anything. It was a little slower going since it has quite a nap to the fabric but it wasn’t horrible.
Before I started, I set her on the fabric to see if she would like it and this is the thanks I get! Hmm…I let it slide.
For this project, all I needed was my sewing machine, thread, and the material. I didn’t even buy a thread to match I used a light green that I had tucked away in a drawer. It doesn’t matter what color because the thread is pretty much invisible anyway.
The material has an edge of just the faux suede that is about an inch and a half wide so I folded that back and then folded it over again with the wooly part showing.
I tacked it down with a few pins and then stitched along the very edge of the fold to secure it in place.
Turning it so the suede sides are together, I sewed up the side seam.
To give her some more room at the end of the pocket I boxed the corners. It is as easy as making a triangle and sewing across the corner.
I could tack down the triangles on the inside but I don’t think Cholula will mind if I leave them. I turned it right side out and it is done!
This is the display I came out to when I was done sewing. Our couches have about three blankets thrown all over them at any given time. This “pocket” might actually alleviate that problem too.
I picked up the blankets and showed her the pocket. She hasn’t moved from it for a good hour now and the snoring is getting out of control.
It is going to be perfect in the car.
I am linking up to these parties.