Welcome to Cranky Puppy Farm!

This blog belongs to two Gen X-er's smackdab in downtown Kansas City where we've been renovating and decorating two old Victorians built in the 1890's. Our life is filled with 3 demanding Pomeranians (1 of them cranky, of course), honking cars, noisy neighbors and the hustle and bustle of city life but we dream of the day when we can move to our 40-acre farm and hear nothing but the wind and the cows next door. Until then, we're chronicling our triumphs and mishaps here as we try to garden and preserve on 2 city lots, raise chickens, and learn all those things we should have learned from our grandparents. Welcome to our world - we hope you'll stay awhile!

Repurposing an Old Pillow

Monday, February 11, 2013

My cheapo bed pillow went flat and it just couldn't be coaxed back into fluffiness on matter what I tried.  Time to replace it, I guess.  But what to do with the old one?  I just couldn't bring myself to put it in the trash, given that we're trying to recycle and repurpose as much as we can.
Enter the doggie bed in our office.

The dogs had worn the padding down to nothing in the bottom. Given that our spoiled pooches' favorite place to lay down is on top of 4 pillows on the sofa, I realized that this was a great place to use that old pillow.  Especially since new dog beds like this are more than $30!
So I tacked the corners of the pillow back to make it more round and fit in the dog bed.  Then I covered it with $3.80 in matching fleece and added a zipper so that I could easily wash everything. 

This was my first zipper and it's not perfect, but I think I did a pretty good job. I'm sure the dogs won't mind.  This was a really easy project that took me less than an hour while I was sitting and watching The Walking Dead last night.

And here's a happy customer trying it out for the first time.

What have you done lately to recycle or repurpose?  I'd love to read about it in the comments or send me an email if you'd like to do a guest post.  Have a great day!

This post is shared as part of this week's Clever ChicksShow and Tell Saturday, Homestead Barn Hop and Mop It Up Monday blog hops.


  1. I am NOt handy with needle and thread, but man, that's a GREAT idea!

  2. What a great idea.Thank you for sharing with the Clever Chicks Blog Hop this week; I hope you’ll join us again!

    Kathy Shea Mormino

    The Chicken Chick



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