By Gloria Z from Hoffman Estates, IL
What a difference! Not only is it holding up better, but it's easier to care for. I just put a mattress pad on it and use twin sheets as a cover. With my two I usually change sheets twice a week. Have you ever had to take the cover off a regular dog bed and wash it? I even made sheet covers for their other beds, but they still didn't protect as well as the mattress pad.
I periodically spray air freshener on the mattress and wash the mattress pad. As an added bonus, because my bed sets high off the ground, I can slid the dogs' bed underneath when needed.
By pdg from Davie, FL
Approximate Time: 4 hours
We have a medium size dog so I used 14 socks and 6 tee shirts ripped up to make strips. I made a 2 layer ring of the socks, to create the sides.
It may become very hard if you stuff more than 6 at a time. I had to put them on the end of a broom handle and slowly shove them in.
Note: I had some felt laying around, you could use an old tee shirt, old sheets, etc.
Good luck and have fun.
By Lisa from Auburn Hills, MI
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By Pat from Phoenix, AZ
My older dog started having bladder issues. She was having accidents in the house, on dog beds and on our bed! She would rather die than have an accident in the house, plus all the laundry to wash everything and countless dog beds that could not be saved. I decided to make a blanket to toss over the beds to protect them. I used a soft fleece for one side, a thicker, fluffy lamb's wool looking fabric for the other, and a baby crib waterproof protector sheet for the middle. Match up the fabrics, sew them together and viola!
I sewed the cover on all sides. This was a way to protect the pads or topper. Lastly I made a fleece pillowcase to fit over the sheet covered pet bed. I put a large snap and the end of the case. The pillowcase cover can easily be removed for cleaning, and the sheet cover protects it as well.
By Cynthia from Chicago, IL
By gbk from GA
Could I have a few suggestions on how to make homemade dog beds that are durable for a large breed of dog?
I got a used baby crib mattress and slipped it inside a sleeping bag. You could also used fitted crib sheets on it.
How do you make a dog bed?
Julie from Indianapolis, IN
I found great pet beds fashionable well priced and she says she can custom make any sized needed vist www.bedsandbows.blogspot.com
Does anyone have a pattern for a simple and fast doggie bed?
Nelwyn from Bunkie, LA
I'm looking for EASY ideas for a homemade dog bed. Our dog has outgrown the small sized store-bought dog bed that we purchased when we brought her home from the animal shelter. My kids want to buy one of those they see in the stores that run about $30.00! No way! I'd like to make it a little family project for us to make together.
SkyeBlue from Mena, AR
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By Lynn Beth
For a small bed, purchase 1 5/8yds of 45" fabric, medium: 3 yds of 45". Check the remnant bin for reduced fabrics. You might want to consider using old pillows to use for stuffing. You can use a style similar to a pillow case or a case itself. This would be easy for the kids to sew, teaching them how to use the sewing machine.Ideas: fabric paint, doggie paw prints, and you can use different decorative trims that you can glue on, using a glue gun or hemming tape that glues on when using an iron. Put dogs name on fabric (use paint or iron-on letters). (09/06/2008)