This Christmas will go down in Robb history as one of our more memorable ones and not for what Santa brought… but for the little guy we adopted just before the holiday. Meet Master Chief.
To say we aren’t “dog people” would be the understatement of the year. We lost our cat suddenly and the overwhelming guilt that follows once you’ve told your kids their pet died can initiate some hasty, even irrational decisions. But hey, our boys are only young once and the endless requests for a puppy would finally be granted. We are very grateful this pup has entered our lives.
On our way to pick up the dog my husband and I proclaimed all the standard house rules. Everyone has to help with the dog, he will be crate trained and even sleep in the crate, and finally he will never (not ever) be allowed on the living room furniture… I think it was by the third night that my husband slept with the dog on the couch and on the seventh night the dog was sleeping in our bed. And well before that, we found ourselves cuddled up next to him on our living room couch. How could we make that sweet face lay on the floor? I’m not sure we’ll ever be “dog people” but we absolutely LOVE this dog.
So, my couch. It’s still a bit new to me and was not purchased with a dog in mind. In a quick search on Etsy I found lots and lots of adorable pet accessories! I found a super cute fabric couch cover but it cost around $90. It looked like a simple square of fabric. This I can sew.
I selected these two fabric patterns. Perhaps overdone in home decor and design, but seriously my two favorite patterns!
I purchased two yards of each and cut them a little wider than the seat of my couch. Next I added some old interfacing I had to help stiffen the cover and make sure the gray pattern didn’t poke through the chevron pattern once sewn together. I also wanted it to be reversible – depending on my mood I could flip from gray to mustard.
I ironed the interfacing to the back of the chevron fabric and sewed the pieces together, leaving a small place to pull the fabric through as though I was making a pillow cover. Then I added another stitch around the edge – and done. I think I like the gray side best. Honestly, I probably should have made this to protect the couch from my boys… before the dog came. There’s still time.
Sittin’ pretty. He looks so cute. It’s probably not as soft as the corduroy couch, but I think he approves.
Next up: Ikat Polka Dot Dog Bed… for when (maybe) at some point he decides he doesn’t like sleeping with us. We’ll see…………..