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Dog Bed - recycling old pillows

This is my first instructable, so i hope you will enjoy it.
I already have a store brought dog bed which my blue healer uses in our lounge room.
Yet i wanted another one beside my bed where he sleeps at night.

I had a old quilt folded on the floor for him but he would mess it up each night, it would also get a little dangerous if i needed to get up in the dark.

So this idea came from changing over our bed pillows again.
And storing the old ones that become lumpy or flat.
And i noticed that i had a little collection of them because i didn't want to throw them away.

So, I used 4 old pillows in total.
I used a sewing machine and also a needle and thread and come velcro. (later)
( You could just use a needle and thread if you don't have a sewing machine. )
 
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Step 1: Open up the pillows.

I cut a little hole in the corner of one of old my lumpy pillows to see what it was made of first.
Very important.. (as you don't want a mess of feathers or diced up foam everywhere in the house).
If you do have feathers or diced foam, grab a storage container (those plastic ones) or plastic bag, garbage bag to empty into for reuse later.

I was lucky with all my pillows, as they had a white matting type martial.
So i pulled at the small cut , ripping down the fabrics seam and followed the line of the marital down each side. Then across pulling out the stuffing.

I ripped the cover of the old pillow all the way around the edges to give me two separate pieces of fabric.
I then folded over one of the pieces and sewed one of the short ends and then long end closed.
Leaving the other small end open for stuffing..

I pulled the stuffing that was in the pillow in half and made two equal pills.
Then getting and old broom handle (which helped)
I packed the stuffing back into the roll and sewed the end shut.

I did 4 of these for the edges and then sewing all the edges together to make one big loop.
I was thinking about making it round, but i went for a squarish design instead. (easier).
Thank you for this! I have been stockpiling old pillows hoping to find a good use for them rather than tossing them out. This is perfect. Our German shepherd dog is lacking a bed and always sneaking onto the furniture when no one is looking. I'm sure she will really appreciate her own bed!

WhyHello3 years ago
wish i found this earlier, my pit?pionter is much too big for this XP
(he'd chew it up anyway)
GREAT! All I need is to figure out is how to make one big enough for my golden retriever! God idea!
I bought a cheap egg crate mattress cover, divided it in thirds and stuffed it in the bed cover. My two labs love them.! If you do not have a bed cover, I have used a polar fleece lap throw, wrapped it around the egg crate and sealed all ends (on the back side) with duck tape, so there are no bits to grab. looks good, can coordinate colors with room designs and Meadow and Roxie are happy.
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