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Recycled Pet Bed

Give your missing socks a new purpose. Make a dog or cat bed.

Approximate Time: 4 hours

Supplies:

  • mismatched socks
  • old stained up tee shirts
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  • thread
  • scissors
  • felt

Instructions:

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.

Recycled Pet Bed - socks

 

  1. Start by cutting the toes of the socks.

    Recycled Pet Bed - close up of socks

     

  2. Next start stitching socks together, when stitching one goes inside the other, (the outside sock is right side-out, the inside sock should be wrong side-out and shoved inside carefully to match the edges)

    Recycled Pet Bed - close up of socks

     

  3. Then, pull out the inside sock. I stitched ankle to ankle, and toe to toe.
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    Recycled Pet Bed - close up of socks

     

  4. After every 2 socks or so, begin stuffing the socks with socks or cut off strips of tee shirts, or whatever your stuffing choice is.

    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.

  5. Take 10 strips of tee shirts (I cut around the waistline to make a circle and then I made 1 cut to make a long strip.) Tie the 2 layers together (I knotted several times, dogs love to chew!) to form 1 ring.

  6. Lay the ring of socks out on a piece of paper and trace around the outside and add a couple inches and cut circle out of felt or fleece.

    Recycled Pet Bed - assembly

     

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  7. Hand stitch the circle of fabric to the bottom of the ring

    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

Puppies sleeping in a dog bed made from old socks.
 

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March 31, 20110 found this helpful

How ingenious are you? So cute! Such a good idea! The puppies are adorable.

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April 1, 20110 found this helpful

How creative and a wonderful use of odd socks and T's. Great step by step photos.Thanks for sharing.

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April 1, 20110 found this helpful

Thanks everyone, and yes they a Jack Russell pups a week old in that picture.

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April 3, 20110 found this helpful

I'm with the rest of the crowd! what a great idea, soft and cozy. Adorable pups! Great job!

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August 4, 20190 found this helpful

It's a great idea. But the demonstration pictures and explanations for creating it are not that good. I wasn't able to follow along. Perhaps you could make a video.

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August 4, 20190 found this helpful

I was especially lost on part when you put together the socks.

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