Guess what I did on Halloween night while trick-or-treaters came to the door? I was up and down, like a yo-yo from my sewing machine to the front door to hand out candy...we live on a main street through our very large neighborhood, over a mile, maybe two miles long. So we probably had 200 to 300 kids come by! Really, it's crazy.
In case you didn't know, my hubby and I are not dog people; but in a weak moment, 7 years ago, we said, "yes" allowing our kids to get a dog, Ugh!. Now the kids are gone and it's, hubby, me and Chico. And Chico, within the last year, has decided he's allowed on the couch! And I say Yuck to that! It seems like he is not interested in listening since we repeatedly have to keep telling him, "down Chico!". So at least now, with our new pet barrier, he won't be getting on our living room couch anymore! Whew! Finally!
The idea occured to me a few weeks ago and I finally had all my supplies ready. Yea! but on a very busy evening. Our living room is connected to our dining room and they're two ways in. I made this for one of them.
Here's the other, from our kitchen.
Chico is still a bit confused...
I love the fact that we can easilly step over it without having to remove it to pass through. It comes up to my knee so it's not too high. Of course I'll take them down when we have company though.
- Spring Rods, 28 in - 48 in W - 7/16 in Diam (2 for each doorway) Only $2.14 (each) at Walmart!
- Material (I used heavy muslin, extra wide)
- Sewing Machine
- Cut fabric into a 19 inch strip for each barrier.
- Turn each cut edge of fabric in 1/4 inch and iron, then turn over again 1 inch and iron to create a casing for your rod (This makes it easier to sew, but you can skip this part).
- Sew a straight stitch along each ironed edge to secure your casing.
- Feed in your rods and adjust to fit your doorway and you're done...Simple & Easy!
I made 3 three of these pet barriers for a total cost of about $17.00. Sure beats the expense of buying those ugly baby gates for much more! I put the last one in our basement just today. Chico likes to hide under the bed. Which means many times we can't get him to come out when it's time for him to be crated. We always put him in his crate when we're not home.