Tuesday, October 22, 2013

Let's Make a Dog Bed

A couple of weeks ago I posted a picture of the pile of dog beds that I put together and took to the shelter...

I got quite a few e-mails asking how I make them...I decided that would make a good post so here I am.  This is the greatest form of recycling...no scraps in the landfill...and shelter dogs get soft cushy beds to rest on...it's a Win, Win!  So here we go...it's just like making a simple pillowcase and closing up the top...easy peasy!

I cut a yard of fabric...

anything works...a friend gave me this piece of fabric...I've used flannel, corduroy, upholstery...whatever I get.  If you don't have a yard, use what you have...the yard makes a pretty big bed for the larger dogs.

With right sides together, fold so the selvedges are together...

sew bottom and selvedge side using at least a 1/2" seam.

Turn it right side out and fill it about 3/4 of the way...

I use scraps and trimmings off quilts that have machine quilted. 

And I'm always getting stuff from friends...it's always fun to see what they've been up to...LOL!

Fold over about an inch or so...


Fold over again, all the raw edges will be inside now.


Top stitch all the way around...
I just put pins to show you where to sew because mine wasn't full enough to close...but you get the idea.

Have fun...the dogs and cats at the shelter will be so happy!

8 comments:

Mrs. Sew and Sew - Karen said...

Thanks for the tutorial. I already have fabric that would be perfect for dogs beds. Now just to get enough scraps! Our shelter asks for beds from time to time. I'm going to do it now! Thanks for this post. Happy a great rest of the week!

Jeanna said...

This is a great idea Carol! Now I know what to do with all those odds and ends that I'll never use but too much to just toss. It will go to a good cause and I will have room for new fabric :)

I don't have enough for a big pile of beds like you made but maybe I can make smaller ones for the kitties and little doggies.

Thanks for the tutorial!

Yvette said...

Genius!!! I recognize those scraps! LOL

Thimbleanna said...

Wow -- thanks Carol. That was quicker and easier than I though it would be!

Diane said...

What a great idea!

Jeanne said...

Thanks for sharing! It's a great idea.

Mrs. Goodneedle said...

Such a wonderful cause, well done!

Quilt Hollow said...

Just having my am coffee with iPad in hand and thought of you...wondering where you've been? Hope all is well.