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Dog Gone Bed

Courtesy of Jo-Ann Stores, Inc.

When decorating a room, don't forget man's best friend! You can create a chic and comfy space for your pet that is stylish and blends with your home's decor. Some dog (or cat) beds tend to be cutsie or you just can't find a color or fabric pattern that gels with your decor. One way to solve that problem is to make your own bed.

Follow these simple directions from Joann.com to create a personalized bed for your best friend. This project is probably best suited to someone who has a bit of experience behind a sewing machine so if you don't, grab a friend who does. While the pattern is in the shape of a doggy bone, once you get the basics down, you can create your own shape and pattern. So let's get sewing!

Make a special place for your furry best friend to catch a cat nap!

Materials

  • 1-1/2 yds. blue and white ticking fabric (or any heavy duty fabric that suits your fancy)
  • 20 oz. of polyester fiberfill
  • Sewing machine
  • 1 Spool matching thread
  • Scissors
  • Straight pins
  • Measuring tape

Directions

  1. On photocopier, enlarge pattern A and B until the measurement key is actual size. Cut 2 of A and 8 of B, as indicated.
  2. Note: Pieces should be cut with stripe running in direction shown in photo. Cut two 5" x 51" pieces from fabric.
  3. For cushion top, pin B to piece A, right sides facing and straight edges matching. Repeat for 3 remaining corners.
  4. Stitch using 1/4" seam allowance.
  5. Construct cushion bottom same as for top. With right sides facing, pin 2 side pieces together on short ends to form a circle; stitch.
  6. Pin side piece to cushion top, clipping seam allowance on side piece to spread around curved edge of "bone." Seams of side piece should be placed at center of each end, where bone indents; stitch.
  7. Repeat for bottom, pin side piece to bottom and stitch.
  8. Open seam approximately 4" along 1 straight edge. Turn cushion right side out through opening; stuff to desired fullness.
  9. Slipstitch opening closed.


Skill Level: Some sewing experience helpful.