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Date: 12/15/09 4:59 PM

We recently aquired a dog, and after her pulled my polar fleece out of my stash to make a bed for himself in my sewing room, I desided to make him his own dog bed. Every pattern I have found online is for the little tea cup side dogs. Any suggestions on when to find a good one? Have any of you made one?

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Date: 12/15/09 5:16 PM

I just cut two squares of the size you want the bed, and then 4 strips of the same length as each side of the square or rectangle, to form the sides. that will give you a box-shaped bed. You can go even easier than that and just cut the two squares, or one and fold it in half, to make a pillow-shaped bed.

Something to think about though: Dog hair gets worked into the polar fleece and pretty soon you'll have a fur dog bed! I'm sure the dogs don't care but if you don't want to look at it, you might choose denim or canvas or something.

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Date: 12/15/09 5:18 PM

I accidentally made two dog pillows out of a Kwik Sew pattern...the one with the hippo pillow, round pillow, etc. on the envelope. They are floor pillows intended for my kiddlets, but the dog favors them for nappies when the kids are elsewhere. I have a cute picture of our cat curled up in the middle of one pillow next to our dog curled up in the middle of the other pillow.
Our dog is about 30 pounds. She fits the hippo pillow (minus hippo head...did I mention the kiddlets?) well. She looks little on the round pillow when she curls up in a sleepy ball. A 50 pound dog could easily nap on the round pillow.

I also made a rectangular pillow just because I thought she'd like her own. She snoozes on that one at night sometimes when she wants to stretch out. Makes it sound like our house is covered in fleece pillows, doesn't it? They're all easy to make, but they take a lot of filler!

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Date: 12/15/09 5:45 PM

When I had my Corgi, I made a giant pillow out of polarfleece and filled it with small polarfleece scraps. I threw the whole thing in the washer and dried it.
I made this fleece bed for my current dog. It's filled with stuffing and I cut open some old bed pillows and used them for stuffing. dog bed pattern

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Date: 12/15/09 6:21 PM

If you do a google search for 'dog bed patterns' there's any number of free ones available.

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Date: 12/15/09 11:48 PM

I am not sure how big your dog is, but the best value for me and our 65 pound dog are ready made dog beds from Costco. Now if your dog is smaller it may be too big at about a metre across and about 20 cm think, but our tiny cat likes it too.

They cost under $30.00, come in a variety of fabric choices including plush on one side, the cover zips off for washing and there are cedar shavings in the bedding.

I cannot make one for $30.00.

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Date: 12/16/09 0:45 AM

Some dogs won't sleep on a dog bed. Just a heads up. I got one for my dog for $10 last year for Christmas. It had fiberfill and cedar shaving stuffing and a nice poly/cotton cover. She didn't like sleeping on it. We tried to put her on it. She still would either sleep by the front door on the tile or beside my son's bed. If we are gone, I suspect she sleeps on his bed as I saw here there once. Or if I am in the shower and we have not been home much, she violates my sacred sewing room territory and sleeps outside the bathroom door, only to be chastised when discovered. But, even if the bed is at our feet where she normally would be, she does not like to sleep on it. She will however, happily sleep on clothings strewn on the floor and digs into the carpet vigorously before settling down.

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Date: 12/16/09 0:55 AM

G'day. I made a bean bag type bed for our dog. It's basically a rectangle with curved corners and a zip up the centre back. The dimensions were Width = length of dog, Length = 1.5x width. I made one really tough bag in a waterproof material to hold the beans and tied off the zipper to stop it coming apart. Then made a couple of outer cases the same way that I can zip off and wash as needed. Just beware if you're dog likes chewing, as it can take ages to pick up the beads if the dog puts a hole in the inner casing

Good luck!

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Date: 12/16/09 2:18 AM

Quote: Michelle T
I am not sure how big your dog is, but the best value for me and our 65 pound dog are ready made dog beds from Costco.

Those Costco beds are so nice! And the cedar chips make them smell so nice

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Date: 12/16/09 9:43 AM

Cedar chips agrivate my husband and I's allergies unfortunatly.

Fenway is 20-25 pounds of Boston Terrier. He LOVES polar fleece. The goober pulls it out of stash!
Last night he even pulled the polar fleece out of his crate to snooze on. When we would let him do that he pulled my husband's jeans out of the laundry basket and made a bed out of those. He had his chew toy, and a comfy bed. He was happy.

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