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    Senior Member 4dogs's Avatar
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    my dogs sleep on the "oops" and "oh my" quilts that didnt turn out the way I intended...I made each of them a square bed, using heavier fabrics, and then the quilts go atop that.......so I can pick the quilts up, wash them, and I have several, so I can change them out to be washed........my biggest dog is 119 pds, so that took a big one..........the middle dog is abou 65 pd, so medium for her, and the smallest one is about 35 pds....just kinda measure your dog when they are lying down, and then you will know about how long ad how wide it needs to be. I stuffed these with a combinaton of small scraps and batting.............
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    Quote Originally Posted by slbram17 View Post
    Here's a link for sewing your own pet bed.

    http://sewing.about.com/od/freeproje...og-Pet-Bed.htm

    I have made the smaller version. If I get too large, it gets kind of difficult to sew on my machine.
    I made several of these pet beds for the local animal shelter.

    This is an excellent pattern. I have 2 of these beds, one for a small dog and one for a medium dog, both made with cotton fabric, I had to replace the bottom in one but they both have lasted over 15 years. Cotton fabric is the best, fleece is a giant hair magnet. It's almost impossible to get the dog hair out of it so I don't recommend it. The cotton ones can be thrown in the washing machine too. My dogs really liked them (unfortunately for them, the cats liked them too).
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    For a large dog I have use one of those egg mattreses bed foams ,cut 2 of them for wdith and made a muslin cover and then a reg pillowcase cover for washing.....
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    I made beds for old, large dogs out of baby crib mattresses covered with upholstery vinyl. They could be wiped off, were waterproof and did not collect hair. Very durable and comfortable. They could be made any size by having foam cut to size instead of the mattress.

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    I make to covers for my dog beds in the envelope style. I make fleece for the winter time and 100% cotton material for the warmer months. I use foam for the inside of the bed. I found some at a discount store at a good price. I double it so it's nice and thick for them. One thing you should NEVER use is cedar chips in a dog bed. It is a very common allergy to dogs. I bought a dog bed at a store and my dog chewed it and ripped it apart. I didn't think anything of it until I saw the cedar chips in it. He was trying to get the cedar chips out I think. He has never ripped any of the foam beds up at all. Good Luck and I can't wait to see what you make.

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    When we had an outdoor dog who had an igloo dog house, I measured the base of the dog house and made a big bag out of burlap that I bought from Joann's and my DH then filled with cedar chips. She liked it.

    My indoor dog who was 60 pounds, did not like dog beds at all. He would only sleep on rugs. So I would buy 4 of those nylon braided rugs from Wal-Mart and sewed two sets side-by-side, then layer then so it would be double thickness and used a large needle and cotton crochet thread to sew the layers together so they would not shift. He loved it and it was big enough for him to stretch out on. My youngest, who was 9 at the time, grabbed the dog bed and used it for a floor pillow - go figure!

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    Lots of great ideas here... If you use denim, use deep seams... at LEAST 1/2"!! the denim tends to unravel.. I don't have a serger, but before I make another denim dog bed, I'll ask my quilty friend who has a serger to let me use it? I don't really know if that's possible, but the dog bed I made from old jeans unravelled pretty quickly!

    Thanks for the links!!!
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    A Sis in law bought one for one of her dogs and it didn't like it. Cookie, my avatar doesn't have much hair and she loved getting it. It has a hood with a stay in it and she took right to it. It has a fake furry fabric and keeps her very warm. My youngest cat, Scammy took right to the old bed.
    I have made a dog bed.
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    Yes I made 2. Both out of fleece. I just got the fleece doubled it over and sweded on 3 sides leaving an opening in one corner than bought tons of stuffing and put it in there. Simple and basic.

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    On a recent trip to Orlando to visit my sis, she and I went to JoAnns and bought a big piece of foam and 3 yards of polar fleece. Back at her house, I made her Doberman, Kiera, a new extra large bed and covered it first with muslin (velcro closures) then the polar fleece (brown with cream paw prints all over pattern) with a 36 inch zipper for easy removal. Kiera LOVES her new bed!!

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