Those who read my blog know that I am With Dog 24/7. Gaely GoLightly went to work with me each day when I worked at Hello Wood Products. And when I got my own studio she was there, too.
Now, almost 14 years later, I’m at home every day and she goes with me where ever I go.
I only travel alone when she will have to be in the car in weather that is too hot or too cold. She has not been left alone in the house for longer than a half day.
Recently, no longer needing a heavy, all weather vehicle with highly adjustable seats, I sold my luxury Towncar and bought a used Prius. I had the Prius seats covered in silver and black leather. Cloth seats covered in dog hair are not fun.
Sadly little Gaely’s legs are not strong enough to hold her up on the slippery leather. She has broken both ligaments in her back knees (ACL injuries) and has a number of slipped disks in her backbone. It was plain that she was in jeopardy of a major injury or worse, paralysis, if she slid the wrong way trying to get into the car or during a stopping maneuver. I needed something her little toenails could dig into.
had chewed up the back seat throw. Among his peculiarities was severe anxiety and he was a dedicated chewer. Those original bathmats cost me over $65.
So this time I thought about the costs and requirements and bought a yard of the $50 per yard Tissavel faux fur that has been offered on a few different fabric sites this past year.
The back seat throw is 56″ wide and 24″ deep and the console cover is approximately 14″ x 17″. I love the deep pile so Gaely hang on (not that I drive like Mr Toad or anything, poop-poop!) She loves the luxury and she’s not a chewer. She’s happy.
The covers are simply tucked into the seats and bound with 1″ black petersham I had on hand. I definitely had second thoughts about using the petersham but I had bought a whole role of it while at Claire Shaeffer’s workshop and finally persuaded myself I should actually use it.
I matched the edges of the faux fur to the ribbon and stitched less than .25″ from the edge, then turned the binding over the edge and top stitched it down. Nothing fancy, no mitered corners. The petersham was so easy to work with! I just left the selvedge edges on each end of the back seat throw.
I still have a 20″ x 44″ piece of the faux fur left, enough to make collar and cuffs for a winter jacket.