I’ve been browsing for a new dog bed for some time.
Looking for a Made in America,
big enough to hold a sprawled out German Shepherd male
and shorthaired pointer with long toothpick legs.
Oh, and it has to look pretty and match my decor.
With these requirements, one could easily spend $100 or more.
Coincidentally, I am also planning to make floor poufs
and have been bookmarking designs and patterns,
when it hit me that a dog bed is basically the same.
Instead of making a pouf,
I would make a dog bed
with a larger diameter and shorter sides.
This floor cushion tutorial was just what I needed!
So with some upholstery fabric I picked up on clearance,
I grabbed my materials and got to work!
Making a perfect circle tripped me up for a minute,
but then I grabbed a string, measured it,
pinned it to a needle in the middle of my fabric,
and with a marker, pulled the string tight
and traced my circle.
The diameter of my dog bed turned out a little large
at about 52 inches (almost the full width of my fabric).
The dogs seemed to know what I was up to.
As I tried to stretch the fabric across the floor,
both Jasper and Nova decided to stretch themselves
across the fabric as well, and I spent half my time
chasing them away.
The zipper was the only part that really perplexed me.
I thought there must be a better way!
But all my tutorials said to stitch the opening shut,
sew your zipper on and then rip it open.
So that’s what I did.
While investigating the best stuffing material,
I came across the Molly Mutt site,
which recommends filling your dog bed
with stuff from around the house.
So I scavenged up an old fleece sleeping bag
and an old twin comforter, which fit perfectly.
I’m hoping the new bed with keep the dogs off the couch,
give them a place to play and relax,
while being low maintenance
and contributing to the style of my room!