How to Make Pet Beds for the Animal Shelter from Your Sewing Scraps

Sizes: The beds come in 4 sizes (approximately):

22 X 28
28 X 36
28 X 42
29 X 28

Outside Material:  This must be sturdy cotton or home decorator fabrics like cotton duck. Material should not be fuzzy or have glitter or other decorative elements.

Inside Material: cotton or cotton batting ONLY.  Material should be SMALL scraps – think under 6 inches square. Large wads of fabric will be uncomfortable for the animal. In addition, some of these beds are washed and dried, so smaller scraps inside mean shorter drying time. Please check twice for lost pins and remove all buttons, and metal or plastic additions, such as snaps.


Simple pillow-case method – sew wrong sides together leaving a small opening for turning fabric right-side-to.  Once right sides are out, sew ¼ inch around outside to stabilize seam – leaving the opening. Stuff with scraps to fill bed loosely and then sew closed.

Fancy pillow-case method – sew as above but before turning right-side-out, sew gussets in each corner. This will result in a bed that lies “square” instead of curving down at the sides.

Finished Bed can be dropped off during Sew for Hope hours  at ARTS After School on Weems Road or directly to the Leon County Animal Shelter at 1125 Easterwood Drive (next door to Red Cross Building in Tom Brown Park.

Judy Rainbrook

I am only one, but I am one. I cannot do everything, but I can do something. And I will not let what I cannot do interfere with what I can do.  Edward Everett

December/January Play Dates and News

Merry Christmas and Happy Holidays! May your world be blessed with happiness and good fortune.
We’ll only have one more meeting in December and just in case I get busy with holiday hubbub, here’s the information for our January days as well.
December 3, January 7 and 21
9 – 3 with lunch from 11:30 – 12:30
ARTS After School
3510 Weems Rd
We always meet the first and third Saturdays from 9 a.m. – 3 p.m.
During our December meeting we’ll work on finishing blankets. Go figure! No really, at our last meeting we were given many unfinished quilt tops with which to work. What fun! But if you have a charity quilt started and you want to bring it and work with the group, that would be great too. I think we may also be finishing up some weighted therapy blankets. Welcome to Austyn and Shameka, our new volunteers who are working almost exclusively on those.
At both our January meetings we’ll work on the 45 Pre-K nap-time coverlets that we need for the PAEC Summer Day Care Program. Thanks to the generous fabric donations from Donna Dye and Loretta Veenstra, we have plenty of flannel for those coverlet backings now. The instructions are on our website if you’d like to make a blanket (or several) at home.
Marie at Hope Community informed us that they really need gently used blankets for adults right now. So this would be a great time to bring in any unneeded blankets that are taking up valuable space in your linen closet. Blankets can also be dropped off, during business hours, at HOPE Community at 2729 W Pensacola St.
Judy and Cynthia will be at Temple Israel for the Quilter’s Unlimited Guild meeting on Thursday, December 8. Sew for Hope Kids donations can be delivered from 1 p.m. – 4:30 p.m. or between 6 p.m. – 7 p.m.
Thanks for all you do.
Cynthia Seyler, Founder
Please visit our website for more information

November Work Days

This month our Saturday play days will be November 5 and 19, 2016.
All our meetings are from 9 – 3 at ARTS After School, 3510 Weems Road, with lunch from 11:30 – 12:30.
We have one weighted therapy blanket to complete and two more to make before we’re caught up with the present request from PlayBig Therapy Center. We’re really proud that we’ve completed 22 so far — all custom made to the height and weight of each special kid. Wahoo! Regarding the last two blankets that we haven’t started yet; both children requested Star Wars fabric. One boy likes Minecraft also. Of course we appreciate all our fabric donations, but we rarely receive licensed fabrics such as these. So, if you happen to have a spare couple of yards of either of these cotton fabrics, we’d really love to have them.
We do have other projects started, so if making therapy blankets doesn’t float your boat, you can come and work on patchwork instead. Thanks to the generosity of ARTS After School, we have plenty of room to spread out. If you have a S4HK project started and want to bring it and work in a group setting, that would be fine too. We love all our volunteers and all the gifts they have to offer.
Judy Rainbrook and I will be at Temple Israel on Thursday, Nov 10 for anyone who wants to drop off donations. You can stop by between 1 – 4:30 while Judy is there for the Bits and Pieces Sit and Stitch, or you can deliver between 5:30 – 6:30 before the Quilter’s Unlimited meeting starts. Of course you’re welcome to come to the QU meeting as well. Social time is from 6:30 – 7. Meeting starts at 7. While I’m at it, I’d like to thank QU members for all their love and generosity.
Other needs — If anyone has a digital kitchen scale they’re no longer using, we’d love to have it for measuring poly-pellets. We can always use cotton quilting fabric yardage in solids or blenders to coordinate with the many different patterned fabrics we have. And we’d love to have more novelty and juvenile cotton fabric.
But wait! There’s more. Just to kids at the HOPE Community Homeless Shelter here in Tallahassee we’ve donated over 1,600 handmade blankets. Most of those were quilts.
For more information, please visit the S4HK website, or the sites for other local orgs at the bottom of this email.
Thanks for all you do,
Cynthia Seyler, Founder
ARTS After School
Temple Israel
Quilter’s Unlimited

October Play Dates

Thank you for your time.
We’re meeting:
Saturday, October 1, 2016
9 – 3, lunch 11:30 – 12:30
ARTS After School
3510 Weems Rd
There are four children attending PlayBig Therapy and Learning Center who don’t have weighted therapy blankets yet. WTB soothe children who have suffered trauma or who have autism.These specialty blankets are custom made for the height, weight, and fabric preference of each child. That means they are very expensive for parents to buy. Our tentative plan for this Saturday is to make these specific WTB so they can be given to the kids. It’s tentative because we don’t have the poly-pellets in our possession yet. If by chance we don’t get the pellets, we have a dozen other projects we can work on. We have lots of tops that need to be finished into quilts. Pam Doffek bought us a mega-size roll of batting, and we have plenty of backing fabric. We’re good to go!
We have several sewing machines that can be used, however it seems to work out best when folks bring their own travel size machines.
We do need help getting some of our many quilt tops finished into blankets. I know there are many ladies (and a few good men) who can quilt or tie but can’t work with us on Saturdays. Please stop by and pick up a project to take home. We don’t have deadlines and any work you do is appreciated. We also have a pretty large fabric stash. Volunteers are welcome to stop by and select fabric with which to make a charity quilt. Other organizations in need of fabric and thread are also welcome to come raid our stash. We’ve been blessed with abundance and love to share.
Judy and I will be at Temple Israel (2215 Mahan Dr) for the Quilter’s Unlimited meeting on Thursday, October 13. I’m arriving at 5:30p.  Judy will also be there from 1:00 to 4:30 pm. If you’re not a QU member and have donations or finished quilts to deliver, you must arrive before 7p. If you’d like to stay for the meeting, social time is from 6:30 – 7. The meeting starts at 7.
Right now our greatest need is for quilts and blankets sized medium (approx. 60″ x 72″) and larger teen sizes (approx. 68″ x 86″).
We need poly-pellets for making weighted therapy blankets. The pellets are very expensive to purchase because the shipping is so high. If you have poly-pellets left over from a project, please consider giving them to Sew for Hope Kids.
We need about 2 yards of Hello Kitty fabric for one of the weighed therapy blankets.
For more information please go to our website at:
You may also wish to visit these other sites.

Our next work day will be Saturday, October 15. Same time. Same place.

Thanks for all you do,

News and Information

We’ve given approximately 1,600 handmade quilts and blankets just to the kids at HOPE Community Homeless Shelter. We donate to other organizations, but on Saturday, September 3 from 9 – 3 we’ll be focusing on finishing more quilts for HOPE Kids. We’ve been given many quilt tops with which to work.

Please stop by for the day or an hour. We’ll have lunch from 11:30 – 12:30 for nice folks who just want to stop by and visit.

We have a rolling secretarial chair to give away. If anyone wants it please let me know.

We seem to have run out of batting. We’d really appreciate it if someone would donate batting at this time because it’s hard to finish quilts without it.

Thank you to our volunteers and donors who have made our success possible. We love you and couldn’t have done it without you.


Arts After School
3510 Weems Rd