Introduction: Dog Bed With Removable Blanket

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I just learned how to sew last month, solely because I wanted to make the craft fair table cover by jessyratfink and how to make "green" swifter duster covers by craftknowitall.Thank you jesyratfink and craftknowitall, this is my 3rd little project and my first sewing instructable. I have been having lots of fun. So here it goes   :)

This is my dog Charlie. She is a special little dog. I got her from the pound. She is super smart and does some cool tricks like fall to the ground and play dead when I  say "BANG !!" She gives kisses and hugs on command. I really love having her in my life. Anyway she tends to get colder then my other dogs since she is small and has less fur. So I set out to make my baby warm.I used some material that I already had on hand and reused the stuffing from my old couch cushions. Here is how I did it...


Step 1: Items You Will Need

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a sturdy material for the bottom
a material of your choice for the top
a nice warm and snuggly material for the blanket
I will explain the size of fabric you need in the next step

a needle and thread
Velcro
tape measure
scissors and/or rotary cutter(i call it my pizza cutter, lol)
pin cushion
pins
chalk
ruler and cutting mat (if you choose to use a rotary cutter)
sewing machine (or not but it would take alot longer)
some sort of filler (I happened to have the cushions from my old couch, so I took the stuffing from that) you can use old throw pillows from your house or yard sales or even from a  thrift store. or you can buy polyester fill from craft stores or Walmart.

Step 2: To Get Started

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Cut your fabric.
The size that you will need to cut your fabric will vary depending on the size of your dog. My dog is small she weighs about 10 pounds. So I made mine as follows.

22 x 25 for the top and bottom piece 
27 x 23 for the blanket

You will have to measure how big you want it to be. You could even go to a pet store and measure their dog bed and don't forget to add at least 5 inches to your measurements to account for sewing and stuffing.

Lay the 2 fabrics right sides touching. Pin the top and bottom pieces together only on the long sides.

Step 3:

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Sew the long sides where you pinned. Don't forget to backstich  :)   Then flip it right side out.

Now measure from the short end 5 inches and 4 inches from the longer end and mark it with chalk. Do that on all 4 corners. use your ruler to connect making a rectangle. However you want to keep an opening so that you can stuff the dog bed so leave about  a 4-5 inch opening on one of the shorter ends. 

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Sew along your chalk line making sure to leave the opening.  Fluff your filling. That means just kind of pull it apart so that it is not all clumped together. Stuff this middle section with the filling to your desired cushiness .(yes, that is a technical term :)  )  Make sure to stuff the corners pretty well. Keep in mind that you will want the middle a little less firm then the surrounding part. Then sew up the small hole. 

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Ok,  so now you have the 2 short ends open , you need to pin the them but you you need to leave a 4-5 inch opening once again. But this time you need to leave the opening on opposite sides. So when you are looking at it, the opening on the side closest to you will be on the right side and the other  opening will be on the left side. This just makes it a little easier to stuff it.

 When you are done pinning it, just sew it and then stuff it. Again be sure to stuff in the corners. It gets a little tight in there so if you want you can enlist the help of a handy dandy ruler or a small child to help get the stuffing all the way back. i used my sons grabber toy thing, it worked pretty good to push back the stuffing. now just fold back a seam and sew the ends closed. you are now done with the bed portion. YAY !!

Step 6:

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I made my blanket from a super soft leopard print plush fabric. All I did was fold back a 1/2 inch seam and pinned it.(on all 4 sides) Then sew it. Now place the blanket on and decide where you want the blanket to be velcroed to the bed. Hand sew the velcro to the blanket and the bed.I recommend sewing the soft part of the velcro on the blanket and the stiffer more uncomfortable part of the velcro on the bottom of the bed.


*** As you can see in the pics I actually used sticky velcro. I don't recommend that. It happened to be all that I had on hand. It definitely  wont stay as long.
Ok, so , dogs are not going to know how to use a blanket at first. So you are going to want to gently introduce it to your dog. Make it positive. You can also use treats to help them to get motivated to go under the blanket.

Feel free to ask any questions. i will do my best to answer them. Thank you for checking out my instructable, please vote for me in the sew warm contest.

Comments

BB46 made it! (author)2016-10-02

I loved it so much I made one for my little Cavoodle!

Thanks for sharing your patern.

hellofifi (author)2016-02-21

Awesome! I need to make this for my pooch!

AnetteA2 (author)2015-12-28

This I really need to do to my little "frozen" bullterrier :)

Fireball7192 (author)2015-04-29

What dog is that what breed

Fireball7192 (author)2015-04-29

What dog is that what breed

Fireball7192 (author)2015-04-29

What dog is that what breed

Fireball7192 (author)2015-04-29

What dog is that what breed

barbara.s.mann.3 (author)2015-03-22

I have a Teacup Chihuahua and he gets cold easily.so this would be perfect for him. Can not wait to make this bed for him

nicola.trumbull (author)2015-02-05

What a lovely DIY! We've featured you over on the FaveCrafts Blog! :)

http://www.favecrafts.com/blog/fc/diy-dog-bed-diy-cat-house/

joseph.britt.969 (author)2014-12-11

That is so cute. I will have to make two. I have a rat terrier and his son a poodle rat terrier mix.

aimee.h.125 (author)2014-11-14

I made this and your instructions were great. However, sewing on the velcro after the fact took me longer than making the rest of the bed. For anyone else making this, I would advise sewing on the velcro to the bottom piece of the bed before sewing the top piece of the bed to it. In other words, sewing on the velcro should be the first sewing step you do - even before pinning it together. You will just have to judge where you want the pieces. I chose to do 6 small pieces of velcro - 2 on each of the 3 sides. Happy sewing everyone!

PotterHead made it! (author)2014-05-01

I made this for a textiles award with my school. Thank you for the tutorial it was very easy to follow. I didn't make the little blanket over the top as Poppy, my dog would've eaten it. Your dog is so cute! Definitely recommend, even for beginners :)

kbrooks3 (author)2013-06-19

Excellent tutorial. Thanks so much for the work you did on it.

HollyMann (author)2012-11-30

Wow this looks great. And your sewing machine setup is awesome...love it...beautiful!

danlynne07 (author)2012-11-29

Your welcome. I hope you have as much fun here on instructables.com as I am having.

danlynne07 (author)2012-11-27

oh, did you know that if you click the "favorite' button in the top right corner of this page, you can have it saved so its ready for you to make if you decide too?

danlynne07 (author)2012-11-27

Thank you. :) I hope you decide to make your own and have fun in the process. I like the fact that you can make any size, color, or fabric you want.

kristaw3k (author)2012-11-25

Sooo cool! Would be great to make one for Christmas for those family (and friends) with dogs! Love it! :)

danlynne07 (author)kristaw3k2012-11-26

Thank you. Yes, that's a good idea.I will be making a few too. :)

craftknowitall (author)2012-11-25

I love the bed part. I never thought about making one that way. I will definatly make one for a throw to sit on the floor on, for grand kids. Tha would be wonderful. Thanks a lot.

That's a good idea. :)

dozer789 (author)2012-11-23

Very nice dog bed, i am thinking of getting my sister to make me one.

danlynne07 (author)dozer7892012-11-23

Thank you. That would be nice. Please feel free to post a pic if she does. :)

kristylynn84 (author)2012-11-19

i JUST realized that you have blue carpet LOL. :D wow, that thing is so cute, and i luv charlie! :D she knows that bed is hers! :)

danlynne07 (author)kristylynn842012-11-19

Lol, yes blue carpet.Thanks for noticing. ;) Yes. Charlie loves her bed.

danlynne07 (author)2012-11-19

thank you ,me too.

Penolopy Bulnick (author)2012-11-19

Looks like a very comfy doggie bed! I love how the outside and inside are section off from each other!

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