Monday 18 July 2011
Dog Bed Mini Tutorial
We looked online and in the stores for some ideas and thought that it would be cheaper to actually make one! She had two old foam cot mattresses in storage which were of no use to her anymore, so we decided to use them for this project. Unfortunately I didn't take any photos when I made this, as I didn't have my blog then. I will try to explain as best as I can how I made this.
2 pieces of foam (cot mattresses)
Fabric for covering the foam pieces
Small Cot Quilt (or other wadding)
Blanket/s (I used paw print design)
Step 1 - Sew a fitted cover to completely cover the base mattress, make it so that it can be removed to wash.
Step 2 - Cut the other piece of foam (2nd mattress) into 3 smaller parts. I used an electric bread knife for this job. One piece should be the same length as the small side of the base and twice the height of the base. The other two parts go down the side of the mattress and can be whichever length you wish. See photo below showing the 3 separate parts of the foam.
Step 4: I then sewed some velcro to the fabric so that the 3 pieces of foam can be attached together and also attached to the base mattress. This meant 5 pieces of velcro, 2 pieces to attach the small parts together and 3 pieces to attach the small parts to the base. The photo below shows where I added the velcro.
The dogs love their new bed, and it is just the right size so that it fits snugly under my mothers bed. On an evening she just has to pull it out from under her bed and then push it back under when she wakes up in the morning. I think you will agree that my mother's dogs are quite spoilt! This project didn't cost anything as I already had all the items needed for this project.