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Thread: Corduroy fabric for dog bed?

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    Corduroy fabric for dog bed?

    I'm going to make dog beds for my 2 short haired dogs and want something that won't 'hang onto' the hair and will hold up to weekly washings. I'm considering corduroy, what do you think?
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    They're just on an old kid's comforter here.

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    not sure but it's certainly worth a try!!

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    Seems like it would hold up and work well. I know flannel or bushed tends to hold the hair but not sure about courderoy. Unfortunately, the only way to find out may be to try it. Good luck!

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    The corduroy will hold onto the hair much like velvet due to the nap. You would need a good brush or sticky roller to keep it clean. A better durable fabric might be denim.

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    For the outdoor dog that we used to have, I made a bed/bag out of burlap that I bought from Joanne's and filled with cedar chips. Had to make a new one every year in the fall.

    Later, our indoor dog preferred rugs. He was large for a house dog - 60 pounds. I bought the inexpensive nylon braided rugs from Wal-Mart. Used crochet cotton and whipped stitched two side by side then layered with two more stitched side by side. Then stitched (by hand) big stitches around the edges to hold together. When too yucky with hair - threw away and bought more. Back then they were $2.50 each so for $10 got a nice clean doggie sleep rug. He liked to really stretch out when sleeping. Even the largest bed we could find to buy was not large enough because he would rather stretch then curl up. They have such personalities!

    I imagine old jeans would make a good bed but wonder about the seams being uncomfortable. Maybe you should just browse the indoor/outdoor fabric area at Joanne's and see what would be easy to maintain.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tartan View Post
    The corduroy will hold onto the hair much like velvet due to the nap. You would need a good brush or sticky roller to keep it clean. A better durable fabric might be denim.
    I was going to say denim as well.
    I promise not to buy any more fabric until I see something I really like. Or it's on sale. Or I think it might match something.

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    Oooohhh, I love that idea! A nice soft, but sturdy, denim. Thanks, I knew you guys would have the answer!!

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    My couch is made of that fake suede material and it doesn't hold my cat's hair. Also, if I spill something on it, it wipes up nicely with a wet sponge. Maybe this would be good for a dog bed.

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    Don''t know how that would work, but I do know that denim is great for not holding onto dog hair, stickers or the like

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    The crate beding my dogs and I am the most pleased with is the corduroy. I put the corduroy together like a pillowcase with the batting. Turned it right side out, top stitched shut, and tied about every 4 inches and have washed it many times.

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    Hey yard sale season is here and you could pick up some Men's jeans etc to make it out of... Most jeans I have seen at yard sales is about $1.00 each or less... make it like a pillow cover with a zipper or velcro at one end and you can take it off and wash it...
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    I posted on another thread that I made pads for our Golden Retriever (outside dog and very large) out of old jeans scraps. Lined with old blanket. Worked great! Just stitched strips of denim to an old sheet then the blanket.

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    I posted on another thread that I made pads for our Golden Retriever (outside dog and very large) out of old jeans scraps. Lined with old blanket. Worked great! Just stitched strips of denim to an old sheet then the blanket.
    Forgot that I have a Lot of corduroy that my DM bought when she had a little country remnant shop. Will have to dig it out and try your idea.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CindyA View Post
    Oooohhh, I love that idea! A nice soft, but sturdy, denim. Thanks, I knew you guys would have the answer!!
    Denim or cotton duck. Yeah!
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    I've tried corduroy, denim, sheets, and others such as an oil cloth and it doesn't matter. Just give it a shake on a daily basis and wash once a week. I've used fabric softener sheets (unscented) others make them sneeze. Still use the dryer sheets. It's about the only thing you can do. My dogs of course are much hairier than yours. I have to Swiffer the house 2-3 times a day. Every other day I have to vacuum and mop 2xs a week. I get tired and when I look behind me there's more hair. Next time if there is another dog it is going to be one of those bald one's or a poodle.

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    I think denim would be better if you want something that is easier to keep hair off and will hold up to a lot of washing. or, you could make little quilts to cover your beds....love your fur babys...Adorable....

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    We have REALLY long haired cats to the point that chasing fur and fur bunnies is a full time occupation. I have made pillowcases for pet beds (and considering there are two cats with beds in my sewing room, our bedroom, DH's office, the kitchen, the great room, and the library), that makes quite a few pillowcases that need attention. But the pillowcase solution means that I do not have to replace or remake the basic beds. I only have to do one more load of wash a week. And yes, cats can dismantle, claw, chew, etc. a pet bed just like a dog.

    I am always on the lookout for a better way to handle the fur project. Having them shaved doesn't seem to work - they get cold and demand being under covers. They take off their pet sweaters. Wish I knew how to attach a picture to show you the two fur balls.

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    I've made beds out of just about everything since I've always had multiple dogs. Right now they are mostly bedless since the 4 18-month old Labs have torn up all their beds. One thing that works pretty well is to make big pillowcases for their beds out of sheets from the Goodwill store. I've made some beds out of lightweight vinyl and covered them with sheets. Here are The Destroyers:

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    I like corduroy for about anything, you can make it reversible too, cord on one side, and something else on the other, just in case you don't like it.

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