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Tuesday 28 April 2015

Easy DIY Dog Bed Tutorial

Well hello everybody and happy Tuesday. I have another DIY post for you today which I'm really excited to share with you, especially as Harry is modelling for me today (he's such a poser this one) on his lovely dog bed I made!

This DIY dog bed is really easy to make and takes very little time too! It's perfect for any crafty beginners and I'm sure your pooch will thank you for it too!

You will need:

  • Scissors
  • Material- I used a patterned piece for the top and plain for the underneath but you can have it patterned all over if you like!
  • Pins
  • Sewing Machine
  • Thread to match your material of choice

Have you noticed the material I'm using has dog print on it? From afar it's not too noticeable- a perfect print for any pooch!

Step 1

Measure your material. The top piece needs to be 100 cm by 76 cm and the bottom piece needs to be 114 cm by 76 cm. The bottom piece is longer to allow an overlap of material for the opening of the pillow. (If it doesn't make sense right now, don't worry it will- trust me!)

Step 2

Hem both ends of your bottom piece of material. These ends are going to be the opening of your dog bed.

Step 3

Fold your bottom piece of material in half, then cut along the fold.

Step 4

Lay out your top material on a flat surface. Place your bottom material over the top material, with the ends meeting and allowing an overlap of material in the middle to create an envelop effect. (This is will be your opening for the dog bed stuffing.) Ensure that the hemmed edges are in the centre and that all your material is facing inside out before sewing.

Step 5

Pin all the way around your material, pinning the edges of the envelop overlap on your bottom material also.

Step 6

Sew all the way around your material in a colour thread that best suites your material.

Step 7

Turn your dog bed cover the right way out and then stuff it to make a comfy bed! I used an old single bed duvet cover, which surprisingly wasn't too big! It fits really well, making a very cushioned and fluffed up doggy bed!

And you're finished!

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I hope you guys like this DIY as much as I do. It's so simple and quick to do! I ended up making two covers so I can have one on and one washed. Harry LOVES his bed so much which I'm really pleased about and I like that the material fits in well with our decor as opposed to some of the garish mass produced dog beds.

If you have any questions leave a comment below and if you want to see more on how to make this I've also done a video tutorail below:

Have you done any DIYs for your pets?

Friday 24 April 2015

The Ideal Home Show 2015

Earlier this month I had the privilege to be a VIP guest at the Ideal Home Show, courtesy of Go Compare. I was super excited to go and took a dubious husband along who was pleasantly surprised when he realised it wasn't just soft furnishings and candles...

When we arrived we were invited into the VIP lounge for complimentary afternoon tea, a real perk for me being a tea lover and we could pop back at any time for refreshments- bliss! Anyway on to the exhibition...

The Ideal Home Show is a great place to go for inspiration and ideas for your home. Divided up into sections; food and homeware, garden, beauty and fashion, interiors, home improvements and last but not least, technology- there's something for everyone. Whether you're looking to redecorate, re-design, furnish or finish off a home, you're in the right place for purchasing what you need or grabbing ideas from exhibits.

We found lots of lovely bits to lust after and Chris took a particular shining to the Urban Feast garden, with it's scaffolding and raw materials. He's since been on Pinterest researching ways to re-create a scaffolding garden table. Watch this space...

As a typical girly girl I lusted after the soft furnishings and interiors. Copper is such a huge trend this year and I particularly loved this pairing with the peach walls. This is my dream bedroom I swear! Aren't you in love?

The beauty and fashion section was a hub of activity, with stalls providing HD brows, nail art, clothes and jewellery. It was a girly paradise. Like the magpie I am I found myself drawn to the jewellery stands.

After perusing plenty of gorgeous things we were feeling rather peckish and popped into Gregg Wallace's restaurant. What we didn't realise was Gregg Wallace was actually in the restaurant which led Chris to have a mini fan girl moment and the pair of us trying to play it cool. Ahem... Regardless of this fact, the food was just phenominal. I had the pulled pork burger for my main and I honestly didn't want it to end- it tasted that good! The presentation and flavour combinations of all the food was a real winner. I could have happily stayed in the food area of the show but we had to tear ourselves away eventually. If you don't fancy a sit down meal there are plenty of delicious options from cafés and stalls.

All in all as a first time visitor to the Ideal Home Show I was thoroughly impressed. Chris and I are yet to buy a place but I'm sure when we do we'll be back to get more ideas for projects and renovations. For now the home wares were perfect for us and décor inspiration has been taken on board. So if you're a home owner, renting or just fancy some good food, fashion and beauty, the Ideal Home Show is a great place to come!

I also vlogged the day so you can see even more of the show. Click here:

Tuesday 21 April 2015

Spring Favourites

I genuinely can't remember the last time I did a favourites video so it's definitely been a while! I've picked up a nice little collection of things that I'm loving this spring from beauty to fashion and it's all in the video below. I hope you enjoy!

Friday 17 April 2015

Spring Primark Haul

Ello ello ello! First of all Happy Friday and happy 1st of May, how did that come around so fast? I've been meaning to post this video up for a while but I've had so many other exciting bits scheduled its had to wait!

I hope you enjoy, click the video below to watch :-)

Have a great weekend!

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