In the quest to slowly but surely get the master bedroom to being officially an “after”, I knew we had to something about one of the last eyesores in the room-the dog beds.
The current ones were plaid, old and furry. But they are a necessary evil.
Because you can’t just take away their beds because they are ugly. Well I guess you could, but that would not be very nice.
And you can buy some cute dog beds but they were never the perfect size or color for our space. And what fun is buying them when you can easily make them?
(In case you are curious…the fabrics are Summer Soiree by Paula Prass and Two by Two Stripe by Michael Miller)
Horribly impractical with the white being perfect to exhibit mud and the black a magnet for dog hair.
But oh well….I told myself that is what a washing machine is for.
I made the beds very simply. I just measured the space, added a couple of inches for seam allowances and the depth of the pillow, and then constructed it just like an envelope backed pillow. In other words exactly how you could make a pillow case for a pillow form. Super quick and easy. And a perfect beginner sewing project.
Here is the back on one bed with the overlapping fabric.
Then you just have to stuff it with something soft and washable.
You could make a matching pillow form with muslin and polyfil for this purpose.
Or you could be green (and cheap) like me and find something laying around to stuff it with. Because let’s be honest anything that is soft (for the dogs) and washable (for you) would work.
So let’s just say that you melted a king size duvet insert trying to stuff it in your washer which turned out to be too small. Not that you (or I) would be dumb enough to do that….we are talking hypothetically. You could cut that in pieces and stuff your beds with that. Hypothetically of course.
Whatever you use does not not need to be perfectly sized. Just shove it in there and you get this….
Perfectly smooth….no. But cheap and honestly our dogs have more fun shifting and digging at the lumps to get it to their liking. Smooth beds are boring.
And if you have extra fabric you could make a little pillow for their head.
Winter had already shifted the pillow for her liking….but of course would not lay on it as soon as the big bad camera made an appearance.
She was however happy to try both beds before determining which was to her liking.
Which one do you think she should choose? Is she more a chevron or stripe type of girl?