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No Sew African Print Dog Bed

No-Sew African Print Dog Bed​.

Easy Decorating with African Printed Cloth No-Sew Doggy Bed.



Love this simple DIY no-sew African print doggy bed, it's such a cute way to spruce up your home.


In the designing world, you might feel an atmosphere of intimidation when trying to learn to make a project with a sewing machine with 1,000 different features. You may not even own a sewing machine because the prices are just ridiculous. Here are some creative ways to get around it. Sewing is an amazing skill to have, but you do not need a needle and thread to actually “sew” together pieces of fabric.

Well, at Chic African Culture today you are in luck because we have all of the non-sewers (like us) covered. Do not spend big bucks on doggy beds or table linens, make your own and use the extra money on good wine. Not only were these no-sew doggy beds and double-sided place-mats and table runner inexpensive to make, but they were also super easy too.

What is fusible webbing? 

Fusible webbing is a sheet-type adhesive used to bond layers of fabric without sewing. You may see the name advertised as heat n bond, wonder under and other brands. You will find no-sew fusible webbing in sheets, rolls or by the yard online and in fabric and crafts stores in heavy and lightweight weights. Heavyweight is to fuse medium to heavyweight fabrics, lightweight fusible webbing is for lightweight materials.



No-Sew African Print Dog Bed

Materials

Two ½ yards African print fabric
Pair of scissors
Stuffing or clothes you no longer wear
Fusible webbing


Directions 

Lay 1/2 yard of African print fabric pretty side down on your work surface then lay the other ½ yard pretty side up on top. Fold the edge of the fabric in a 1/2” seam all the long ends and iron. Fold one more time, another 1/2” and iron. Cut a strip of the fusible webbing to size, width and length of the seam and place it between the layers of fabric, and iron on with steam. Run the iron back and forth a few times and make sure it is stuck together. Repeat on the two other sides. On the 4th side start stuffing the bed. Here you can use the pillow stuffing and or old clothing you no longer wear. Once stuffed to your dog’s liking iron in the same manner as the other three sides and a fabulous and comfortable DIY dog bed made without any sewing!

Bonus No-Sew African Print Patterns for African Print Table Runner and Place-mats.

No-Sew Table Runner


No-Sew African Print Table Runner and Place-mats

Materials

2 yards of African print fabric to make six place-mats
2 yards contrasting fabric for the lining
3 yards of coordinating African print fabric for the table runner
Fusible webbing, the same length as the perimeter of place-mats and runner (webbing is ironed on to create no-sew hem)

You will need only a few tools
An iron with a steamer
Scissors
Measuring tape

No-Sew African Print Table Runner and Placemats


Place-mat Directions

Place-mats are usually between 12” x 18” to 14” x 20”. Make sure yours will fit on the table at least two inches away from the edge of the table runner. You may want to make one or two extra place-mats in case you need a replacement in the future. Add four inches to the width and four inches to the length (two inches on each side).

Lay one yard of African print fabric pretty side down on your work surface then lay the fusible bonding web on top. Lay the contrasting lining, pretty side up on top. Insert a few pins to hold the layers of fabric in place. Start ironing in the middle of the fabric and work your way out so you do not get any bumps. Repeat the process for all your place-mats.

Fold the edge of the fabric in a 1/2” seam all the long ends and iron. Fold one more time, another 1/2” and iron. Cut a strip of the fusible webbing to size, width and length of the seam and place it between the layers of fabric, and iron on with steam. Run the iron back and forth a few times and make sure it is stuck together. Repeat on the three other sides.


Table Runner Directions

Determine Table Runner Size

Runners look the best when they are 1/3 the width of the table, so for the finished width of the runner, divide the width of the table by three. Add two feet to the length of your table for the length of the runner. Add four inches to both the width and length (two inches on each side) for hem allowance. Cut the table runner fabric to size. Make a 1/2” double seam around all four sides. Tuck the fusible webbing underneath the second hem to hold it in place. 

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Being African in America I have grown up learning about different ethnic cultures. My mother is a historian of African culture and history and her influence expanded my activities to several best-selling cookbooks, magazine columns, self-branded products, and a popular African culture and food blog.

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