I never thought I would have to share a tutorial on how to create a DIY dog kennel cover. Or that said kennel would be in my living room. That’s right, my formal living room. My favorite room in my house has an ugly corner. It’s the dog kennel corner. Believe me when I say that there is no other place in the house that this kennel can go. I know because I’ve tried, I’ve argued, I’ve whined, and in the end the dog kennel has remained because there is simply no other place for it.
Our issue is that we have to have it close to our back door, so on muddy days the dog can go in there and get dried off. Unfortunately he’s huge, and so’s his kennel. Also unfortunate is that my husband keeps dumping doggy stuff on top of the kennel for the whole world to see. Just looking at that mess in my beautiful living room raises my blood pressure.
Marriage really is about compromises. We didn’t have a dog kennel in the house at all for about a year, and every time it rained, we’d have to wrestle an uncooperative lab to the floor and attempt to rub him down with a towel and wipe off the mud. And this almost never worked. He realized he could outmaneuver me pretty quickly and would just take off. And muddy footprints and body prints would show up all over my hardwood floors in the house. My husband finally told me that he was tired of seeing angry Krista every time it rained and that we had to put the kennel by the door. It seemed OK at the time because I didn’t have any furniture in the living room anyway, so what did it matter?
Well now we have furniture, and I can’t get rid of the kennel, so I’ve got to find a way to live with it. My solution was to make a DIY kennel cover out of the same fabric as I made my curtains out of with the hope that that huge monstrosity of a kennel would at least blend in a little bit more.
I measured the sides, back and top and added one inch to the ends that were going to be finished off, and half an inch to the sides that were going to be sewn together. I finished off the edge pieces by folding them over 1/2 an inch, ironing it down, and then folding them over another half inch and ironing them again. Then I placed pins to hold it in place and sewed it down.
My plans included leaving the sides and back finished on three sides and only sewn to the top piece. This is in case he’s wet and smelly, I’ll be able to lift up the back flap for some ventilation.
I sewed some ribbon on to the sides and back so I could tie the ends together. I think it added a nice little touch.
This is one of those projects that I look at and think that I wish I didn’t have to have it there at all. I’ve made the best that I can out of a less than ideal situation. Now I just need to come up with a storage solution for all those dog related items that my husband keeps dumping on the kennel so that angry Krista can go away forever.
Do you have any monstrosities in your home that you wish you could hide? I always love hearing about your creative solutions!
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