$6 Upcycled Dog Bed

We needed a new dog bed. OK actually, the dog needed a new bed. Here is the sad “before” state.

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Dog beds cost like $25-40. That’s just silly. It’s some fabric and stuffing. So, we got some supplies. A throw blanket from Wal Mart ($2.87). Iron-on seam tape ($3.97). And the best part – we had a couple of old study-buddy pillows that were ready for donation to the thrift store, where they would no-doubt sit endlessly waiting for one of the tens of people in the world who buy used pillows to stumble on them. Since everyone has some old pillows of some type lying around for stuffing, total cost for the dog bed: $6.00.

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We were a little worried about the seam tape, whether it would be permanent, and whether it would adhere well to the blanket material. This ultrabond stuff worked well.

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Fold the blanket in half. The seam tape is double-sided, so you put it between the blanket seam and iron it down on one side. You can press the iron for just a few seconds at this point.

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Then fold the blanket over, pull back the other side of the tape, and iron it down. At this point, you need to press down hard with the iron for about 10-15 seconds to get adequate heat to transfer through the material.

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Once you’ve done 3 sides, you’re ready to stuff away!

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Then you iron closed the final seam. Of course you could have turned it inside out before stuffing it, and then closed it up, but we liked the visible seam edges better. And our approach seemed like it put less stress on the seamed edges than if it were inside out.

And now for the after-shot!  Happy dog.

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Programming for Kids Meetup

1379773101884We had an awesome Programming for Kids Meetup at 7hills Makerspace on Saturday 9/20. We had about 20 kids, ages 8-14, and their parents in attendance. The kids were introduced to programming using Scratch. By the end of the class, there were crabs and witches flying all over the space!

We will invite all the kids back in about a month so they can share the games, animations, apps and other things they’ve programmed on their own. The kids will all get to vote on the best program, and we’ll share links to all of them here on the site.

 

 

Zane at Tech Arts Festival

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Software Developer’s Group

The 7hills Makerspace is soliciting input and interest in creating a Rome area software developer’s group.  We would like to see all software geeks of every stripe, from embedded software engineers to home coders working on fun Arduino projects.

We are envisioning an open forum for anything even tangentially related to software development, including embedded systems, robotics, and physical computing in addition to application and web development.

If you write code, we want to hear from you!

Weather Video

Outbreak of bad weather today in Rome. Took the following video outside the makerspace at 4th and Broad.