DIY Dog Bed

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It all started when our 50 pound puppy decided that the couch was his bed. He has a kennel that he sleeps in at night and whenever we leave, but he would prefer to be with us when we are home. So the couch is an obvious choice, right? My husband and I decided that we were gonna enforce our new rule of “Rogan is not allowed on the couch.” Our discipline went something like this. . .

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Which brings me to why I decided to get Rogan a bed of his own. At first we were just going to buy one, but after looking at different stores we realized that they weren’t made very nice. Most of them had this gross stuff that looked like hair (instead of real stuffing inside of them), and they weren’t the most washer/dryer friendly.

I looked for ideas on Pinterest, and I decided to pull out my sewing machine and make him one. I modeled my version after a tutorial found here. Originally, I was going to make one identical to the picture below because it’s so cute and pretty. But after looking at the fleece selection at Hobby Lobby, I decided that none of their prints would give the same effect, and I wanted a color that matched Rogan’s hair. (it’ll look less gross after he sheds his hair on it)

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I found the material at Hobby Lobby. I bought a yard of clearanced red fabric to go inside of the fleece cover and a yard and a 1/2 of the sock monkey fleece. Next, I made a pillow out of the red fabric by sewing it together with my machine.

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[I will be doing a pillow tutorial later on if you don’t know how to make one, but you can also find tons of tutorials online as well.] I stuffed the pillow with stuffing that I already had and sewed it up all of the way.

Most importantly, I scotch guarded the pillow. (the hubs idea :)) Now it doesn’t matter if the pillow gets wet. It should be water resistant.

Next up was measuring and cutting the fleece.

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I left about 6 inches of fleece all the way around the pillow. I cut 4 inch long by 1 and 1/2 inch wide slits all along the fleece. Then, I tied the fleece together by double knotting each tab of fabric around the pillow.

I also bought a zipper for the fleece, just in case I decide to sew it up (instead of the knots). I may get tired of unknotting/knotting it every time I want to wash it.

I really like the way it turned out and so does Rogan! It’s always way cooler knowing you’ve made something. :)

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