Crafting for pets satisfies the soul. While creating something for a pet, I imagine how cute they’ll look when I’m done. Of course it is also nice knowing how warm and snuggly they will feel in a new bed or with a new toy. But when crafting for pets, you have to let go of your love for the item. As soon as your pet gets their paw, mouth, beak, claw into it, that item might not last very long.
My crazy conure, Jazz, destroyed her last sleep hut when she laid a clutch of eggs. It wasn’t completely destroyed, but it was in pretty bad shape. She needed a new one, but I’ve been putting it off while trying to decide how to keep her from eating a new one. I already picked out the perfect print for her and I hated thinking it would be destroyed in minutes. To be destroyed or not, she needed a new bed. Why put it off when the first day of the year seemed as good as any to finish jobs that really need to be done.
The hut is made of: 100% cotton print exterior, anti-pill fleece interior, cotton batting liner, and a rectangular cut of plastic needlepoint canvas in the bottom for extra support. I had to quilt it very well so she can’t chew her way under any of the layers. I think the wavy quilt lines on the sides make it look nice.
The bottom had to be hand quilted since I didn’t want to put the plastic canvas through my sewing machine.
Seeing her take the first test nibble on the side made me cringe, but it is her bed and I can’t stop the inevitable.