a simple sewing tutorial

In handmade, projects + tutorials on 12/04/2009 at 1:32 pm

For two years, he spent his days and nights at our feet. He became a seventy pound lap dog and all was right with the world. When we announced we had a baby on the way, I swore to unbelieving friends and family that our firstborn would not lose rank but it wasn’t long before my swelling belly and piles of pillows forced him out of the family bed and onto the floor. He forgave us, once again, but he’s been on the floor ever since. On several occasions we purchased beds for him but they always found their way to the garage on the grounds that they were just too cumbersome, taking up an inordinate amount of space and a royal pain to keep clean. Thankfully, he’s seemed happy enough sprawled on the cool hardwoods. A few weeks ago as I was rifling through my fabric stash, I uncovered a panel of red and cream ticking and an oddly sized scrap of fleece and sometime later, an old no-skid rug mat. Somehow, my mind connected the three items…and he’s thankful. It came together so quickly that I thought the washable pet bed would be a great project for anyone who’s just beginning beginning to sew.



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  1. I dont have a dog, and if my hamster wouldn´t gnaw it I would make him a small one: )
    BTW thank you for leaving such a lovely comment on my blog! I like your´s too! would love to visit it from now on!
    have a beautiful day!

  2. What a great idea. My husband has been after me to make a bed for our chocolate lab. This will be perfect. I too did not want anything big and bulky as it’s for the living room. I can’t wait to get this done. Thanks for the idea.

    Merry Christmas!

  3. Oh I love this. Why is it that my 45 and 55 pound english bulldogs need bigger beds then your 70 pound lab?? I might need to add a bit of padding since we have bad hips around here, but definitely going to try this out.

  4. What a great idea. I have an 11 yo rottie with arthritis and she gets pretty sore laying on the hardwood when everyone is around for the holidays and chairs seem filled with human occupants….how dare we take her seat right 🙂 She would love this …thanks!

  5. This is a great little tutorial! I made similar ones for my 2 Labs… we have an 11 yr old Black Lab and a 12 month old Chocolate Lab. I had some old chrocheted blankets sitting in a closet, so I used them and some polar fleece to make mine. We live in Northern Canada, so the floors get quite chilly around here! But, our puppy still cries to get into the bed each and every night… silly dog. 😉

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