I am sure you have already met my two buddies – Simon (The Grey) and Sophie (The Skittish).
As you can see, The Cats pretty much took over our old couch. So when we purchased a new one, I knew The Cat’s old habits would be very difficult to break, but I didn’t want my new couch to be destroyed neither!
So short of covering the whole thing with heavy duty plastic, I needed to find a suitable couch cover. I searched all the stores and on-line for a suitable cover. No such luck. I didn’t want something with too loud of a design on it and half the ones I did see were the wrong size anyway.
But how much longer could I look at the fluorescent green fleece blankets that were protecting my new couch?
Obviously, I turned to the fabric shop’s upholstery department for suitable fabric, and then a department store for a twin flat sheet. I found this sturdy fabric – navy blue with light coloured flecks in it (it even matched our carpet). I ran it through the wash right away to ensure that I would be able to launder it in the future, if needed. Remember… The Cats!
To buy the correct amount of fabric, I measured how much of the couch I wanted covered, found the area, and made sure that I purchased enough fabric to cover that area, even if I had to cut a strip off the side or something. The sheet was the correct area, but I had to cut a six inch strip off one side and sew it on to another.
The same with my upholstery fabric. I had to correct the length by cutting a strip off the width and sewing it onto the length.
After all was done I had a double layer couch cover, upholstery fabric on one side with mitered corners and my sheet fabric on the other.
A far cry better than fluorescent green fleece blankets… don’t you think?
And able to withstand whatever The Cats could throw at it!
When was the last time you adjusted your habits or home to accommodate your family pet? I’m sure I’m not the only one!
Before I leave, I am participating in Me Made May again. I think this year I am going to post my daily Me Mades on Instagram and Facebook.