Thursday, May 5, 2011

dog bed (tritorial)

Looking for a fun little project this weekend?  This one's quick, easy and the kids can help with it.

Recently I decided the old Costco dog bed wasn't cutting it.  
So.... I picked up a few yards of fleece and some accent fabric and here's what I came up with.

Step 1.  
Select fleece you like.  Make sure you get enough so the edges can be tied around the old insert.  I used 1 1/2 yards of dark grey(bottom of the pillow) and 1 1/2 yards of the light grey(for the top). 

***It's important to use fleece fabric for the top and bottom pieces because other fabrics will fray
(although, come to think of it, this may be kind of cool lookin').  

The accent fabric can be anything you like.

Step 2. 
Lay existing insert on top of both pieces of the fleece, draw a 6 inch border around the insert, using chalk.

the chalk border's a little hard to see

Step 3.
Cut out circle, it doesn't have to be perfect.  
Eyeball it!

Step. 4.
Cut even sized slits all around the circle(both fleece pieces are sill on top of each other)

Step 5. 
Iron, cut out and hem your accent fabric in whatever shape you like, I did a stripe but I think polka dot shapes would be super cute!

Step 5.
Lay and pin the accent piece on top of the fleece and sew, to attach.

Step 6.
Once the accident piece is attached, lay the insert between the top and bottom pieces of fleece.

**Here's the fun part...
start tying the top and bottom fringe together!!!!  We did double knots.  

Hip, hip, hoary!!!

Gracie's lovin' it!  

Good luck!  I'd love to hear how it goes!
 Let me know if I can answer any questions!

Have a great weekend!




  1. Paige- Your dish towels were the inspiration for this project!

  2. Oh I am so have a dog that doesn't eat the dog bed! Our 2 yr old lab/golden mix has eaten, shredded and completely destroyed everything we try to give her for bedding. Including newspapers. Including beds listed as indestructable. I have the envies for your dog bed, sadly I will just have to gaze adoringly from afar!

  3. Well, only time will tell...
    She's been really good about NOT chewing things up, so far, with the exception of a book... left her in the car and she got bored. my fault!

    Happy weekend!


  4. Love it! You have me motivated to try and re-new our yellow lab's (Daisy) bed. Great post!

  5. total cuteness
    as is that gracie girl!
    love your tolex stool too!

  6. Good luck Valerie Jean! Thanks. Let me know how it goes.

    Thanks paige. I don't know if you read my earlier comment but the accient fabric was inspired by your dish towel. LOVE that towel!

    Happy mom's day! Hope you're both having a wonderful, relaxing day.

  7. Gracie looks so happy!! Minus the sewing, I think I could pull this off...Miss. Ginger would probably love one!

    Hope your having a fantastic Mothers Day Megan!!!
    xo J~

  8. Hi Jessica. If I can do it anyone can do it! Hope you had a wonderful weekend...can't believe it's already almost Wednesday! Mothers day was great!


  9. to cute, except our Joon like's our bed instead of hers, maybe a new bed is in order......

  10. Hi Megan! :)
    What a sweet and comfortably *Gracie, the chicken-hunter-bed*!!! (I was just reading your last posts, cause didn`t had the time in these busy days...and was laughing!)
    So nice. :))

    Muffin needs a new bed, too. His one´s old and I don`t like the colour anymore. I intend also to do one by myself, but this lazy guy needs always something in his back, like a stable nest.
    And cushions....I know he`s a kind of male *Queen Mum*! :))

    I wish you a sunshiny weather in seattle this week!

  11. this is the best. i'm inspired to do something for b-mo now. he needs a bed at hillside.
    have a great weekend and thanks for always posting kind comments on brock.

  12. Let me know how it goes and have a great weekend!

  13. I saw the 'test', are you having troubles with postings? It was a test and now it's gone, just wondering as I'm checking in! Hope you have a great weekend particularly since it is a long one! (I hope it is for you)!

  14. Just a test from the apple store...I'm working on importing my iPhoto library to Aperture. I'm looking forward to a nice long weekend and a visit to Hood Canal. Hope you have a great weekend too! Thanks for checking in.