Make Your Own Dog Bed
Back to Step 1 and 2
keeping both blankets together, cut the oval (or your own shape)
through both blankets until the entire piece is cut out. Do not discard the scrap pieces.
*Note: If you've folded the blanket to cut out your own desired shape, unfold it before moving on to step 4.
Measure about 4 inches in on the edges of the blanket/fabric. Cut 4" long strips around the entire outside edge of your fabric. You can just "eyeball" the four inches after measuring the first cut.
Cut the strips about 1 to 1-1/2 inches in thickness.
Be sure to cut through both blankets as you're cutting the strips.
Once the strips have been cut around the entire oval, grab one strip from the top blanket and tie it together tightly in a a double-knot with the corresponding strip from the bottom blanket.
Continue this process with the next set of strips until all the strips have been knotted together, with the exception of about the last 10 strips. See the photo below as an example.
This opening is where you will begin placing your stuffing.
If you happen to have an old dog bed that needed replacing anyway, you could use that stuffing for this bed. But if not, you can use nearly anything else as stuffing, starting with the left-over (and shredded) pieces of blanket that you just cut your oval from.
Old clothing can be shredded and used as stuffing. In addition, you can use stuffing from old pillows, egg crates, bean bags, shredded pieces of other old blankets, etc.
Orthopedic Dog Bed
As mentioned, you can make this an orthopedic dog bed or a memory foam dog bed by buying the appropriate material. Buy a memory foam mattress topper or pillow to use as stuffing if you would like your dog to have a memory foam bed.
Heated Dog Bed
If you'd like you dog to have a heated bed, simply buy the bed warmer and insert it into the bed. This PetSafe Universal Pet Bed Warmer
would slip in easily and keep your dog toasty on any chilly day.
With our own dogs and their bed warmers, we use these Thermostatically controlled outlets
to ensure that the bed warmers only come on when the room falls below a certain given temperature.
Personalize your dog's bed!
There are a lot of fun appliques you can add to the fabric before putting your bed together! We've included a lot of fun letters and cute designs you can add to your dog bed!
Once you've added all of your stuffing and arranged it inside the bed in a uniform manner, finish tying the rest of the strips together in the same double-knot fashion until finished.
Lay it at your feet to make a nice resting spot for your eternally grateful, nap-loving best friend!
Move it to the far corner of the room when the snoring begins!
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