How to Make a Stylish Sofa Covercomments (8) February 25th, 2009
My dog loves two things: rolling in the dirt and sitting on the couch. This would be fine if I had a crummy couch but, honestly, my couch is one of the nicest things I own and I'd really like to keep it that way. Sure, I could keep her off the couch, but I swear it would break her little heart. I looked into buying a cover, but all the pet-resistant covers I found were $60 or more. I tried sheets and blankets, but it just looked like someone was always sleeping on my couch and they really didn't help; it seemed the hair would work its way through.
So, faced with a dilemma, I did what any crafter would do. . . make my own pet throw. I used fleece on one side to attract the fur and canvas on the other to prevent the fur and dirt from making their way through. Also, my throw cost me $28 and is far cuter than anything I've found commercially.
Want to make one for your couch?
Here's what you'll need to make a 72-inch by 55-inch throw:
- 2-1/4 yards of polarfleece
- 2 yards of canvas (I used this print from Ikea)
- Safty pins
- Thread in a complementary color
- Sewing machine with a walking foot
- Quilting gloves (optional but so very handy!)
- Straight pins
First, square off the ends of your fabric and trim the selvage from the edges of your fleece and canvas. My canvas measured 59 inches across and I trimmed 2 inches from each side, making it 55 inches.
Once your fabric is laid out, figure out how you want to quilt your throw. You can do a simple grid or series of straight line stitches or you can even hand-tie it. I decided to follow the scalloped nature of the pattern of my fabric so I didn't have to mark anything. If you do have to mark your throw, I strongly suggest using quilting tape. It makes marking your quilting so much easier.
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