Doggy Style

Get your heads out of the gutter.

I’m clearly referring to my actual dog.  You nasty, dirty fools (I still love you).

I have yet to acquire mi madre’s sewing machine, so sewing anything larger than a button is entirely out of the question for at least a few more months.  Which brings me to my latest and greatest DIY…

A dog bed!

I can tell you’re all shivering with anticipation.

So, without further adieu, I give you a step-by-step guide on creating this wonderful little oasis for your furry friend!  Or “boyfriend,” as is my case – no, I do not intend to marry my dog.  I simply use him as my “get out of an uncomfortable situation free” card.  Case in point: I live in a neighborhood that’s safe – but chock full of strange characters.  Which means that on a weekly basis, someone stops me to compliment my hair (“Girl, yo hair is beautiful!  You look like one of them models on the shampoo commercials!  Where you get yo hurr did?”), sometimes follow me down the block (“You stayin’ round here?”), then inevitably ask me out on a date (“Can I getchu a drank?  Wanna get a cawfee?  I’m sho you can squeeze me in yo schedule!”).  I find that it’s best to just smile, give a little pity laugh, walk away, then if they continue to bother you, drop the “I have a boyfriend” line.  Nobody needs to know he’s got four legs.  And when/if they see me walking little Barkley, then they think I not only have a boyfriend, but a dog as well!  BAM!  No more harassment.

And I’m rambling.  Surprise.

Back to the dog bed…

What you’ll need:

  • 1 1/2 yards of a solid color fleece (for the bottom)
  • 1 yard of a patterned fleece (for the top)
  • 32 oz. of pillow stuffing
  • Scissors
  • Sewing needle & thread
  • A pencil or marker
  • Tacky glue

Note: the amount of fabric and stuffing you use is up to you and depends on the size of your dog.  I have a medium-sized cocker spaniel.

Step 1:  Lie both fleece fabrics on top of each other, aligning them at the corners.  Trim the longer fabric to the size of the shorter one.  Save the extra material – you’ll need this later.

Step 2:  Cut a square (about a finger’s lenth on each side) into each corner.

Step 3: Cut strips all around the edges of the fabric, keeping each strip about an inch in width, and a finger’s length.

Step 4: Taking one strip from each fabric, tie them together in a double knot.  Do this on 3 sides of the “bed” – leave one side untied.

Step 5: Take the stuffing and fill the bed.  You’ll want to use the entire bag – and feel free to add more if you’d like it to be fluffier.

Step 6: Finish tying the last edge.  You should have a completed dog bed!

Step 7: Take the remaining fabric and stencil or free hand the individual letters of your dog’s name.  Cut these out.

Step 8:  Place the letters on the finished dog bed and arrange them how you’d like.  (This part of the DIY can be done prior to stuffing as well – I just find it better to visualize how they letters lay once it’s been stuffed.)  Once you’ve set them in place, individually glue each in its spot with tacky glue.  This will make sewing easier and you won’t have to worry about the letters shifting.

Step 9:  Using a needle & thread, sew each letter onto the bed.  Make sure your stitch is on the outside edge of the letter to keep it from ripping or being torn by your dog (Barkley tends to chew on things and his nails are basically weapons of mass destruction).

Voila!  Now you’ve got an adorable dog bed that little Fido will be beyond pleased with.  And therefore, more willing to stand in as your “get out of an uncomfortable situation free” card!

Enjoy 🙂

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