una cama for king charlie

una cama = a bed

don’t say i never taught you anything! lol

king charlie = my director’s pet dog

all my quilty friends and followers can relate to this…how many times have you heard, “you know how to sew?! can you please ____________

fill in the blank with hem my pants, make me some curtains, etc. etc.

office-space-for-sewists1lol

ok, but in all seriousness…my boss purchased this bed and thought it was too “girly.”

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ps, that’s not charlie, that’s her parents’ dog, and i forget his name.

then, she bought some burnt orange fabric, and decided i could whip up a new mattress cover and matching pillow cases. urgh.

since we all know i am afraid of zippers, i told her from the beginning that i would be using an envelope style enclosure. (i’m pretty bad ass at this technique by now, lol)

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wpid-img_20140810_184722.jpgi was also worried because i had never made anything 3 dimensional before, and was unsure how the edges/corners would turn out.

not too bad if i do say so myself

wpid-img_20140810_182801.jpg wpid-img_20140810_182743.jpgself taught right there. yea buddy! it’s so funny, because the whole time she kept saying, “all you have to do is…”

i was like, “oh really? if that’s all you have to do, why don’t you do it yourself?!” lol

oh yea, i also told her if she didn’t want it to be too “girly” i wasn’t going to priss it all up with piping. i then taught her what piping is (see below)

piping = decorate (clothing or soft furnishings) with a thin cord covered in fabric

i also partly refused to do piping, because i don’t know how, and i didn’t really want to learn for this occasion

i was going to wash it before giving it to her, you know, to present it nicely, but i knew with her high standards she probably would want to do laundry a specific way…good thing i didn’t, because she used dreft! she said it fit the mattress like a glove. yay!

i took A LOT longer to complete the pillows. the pillows are cylindrical. i don’t sew circles/curves. i know you’re probably thinking geez what do you sew?! right?! well hey, i like to make pillow covers and quilts and if you come to me asking for anything else, there are going to be a few stipulations!

but i felt really bad because i had already used the joann fabrics gift card she had paid me with back while i was in maryland (will insert pics later), so i figured it was probably time to get it over with.

also, i needed a letter from her for something and she was holding it ransom

i found a tutorial for drawstring bolster pillow covers and luckily she approved of them, only because charlie loves strings and would enjoy them on his new and improved bed.

ps, i named him king charlie, not her, lol

once i was done, they seemed pretty long, so i was a little apprehensive about handing them over to her

wpid-img_20140922_211525.jpgoops, forgot to crop my tootsies out of that photo. oh well

without further ado, i received this adorable text last night…

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HOW STINKING ADORABLE IS HE?! i totally want a little fluffy puppy now!! and i think with his white fur, his new beds suits him wonderfully!

i’m so happy her and charlie are happy, and i can cross another project off of my to do list

although this was an overall success story in the end, i don’t see myself stitching anymore custom poochie bed sets, sorry!

what projects were you dreading that you finally completed?

❀ xtina

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