Upcycle an Old Sweater Into a Cozy Pet Bed - Easy Does It - HGTV (February 2019).
Pamper your dog with this cozy dog bed. It's nice and warm and fluffy, especially on cool winter days. It is also a real eye-catcher in your apartment!
Cozy dog bed
- Cotton fabric A, green and white patterned, 120 x 140 cm
- Cotton fabric B, monochrome green, 120 x 140 cm
- robust cotton fabric, canvas or similar, 65x140cm
- Zipper, 18 cm long
- sewing thread
- Racquets, 2 x 110cm
- 1.6 kg filling material, z. B. polyester hollow fiber
- solid paper or cardboard for the original
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- sewing machine
- French chalk
- fabric scissors
- Prepare the originals in solid paper or cardboard: you will need a circle of ø 62 cm and two rectangles of 95 x 25 cm. In the measure for the circle, a seam allowance of 2 x 0.75 cm is already included.
- Lay the circular template once on the cotton fabric A and the cotton fabric B, stick them firmly and cut out one circle at a time. Then place the circular template on the sturdy cotton fabric, pin it in place and also cut a circle for the bottom.
- Place the two rectangular templates on the cotton fabric A for the hose and fasten them firmly. Cut out two rectangles, adding 2 cm each on the short sides of the rectangle and 1 cm on each of the long sides. The two resulting rectangles have the size 99 x 27 cm.
- Repeat this step with cotton fabric B, so that you have two rectangles at the end of the cotton fabrics A and B in the size 99 x 27 cm.
- First, sew the hose. Overcast the four strips of fabric on both short and one long side with a zigzag stitch. Then place the fabric strip A1 right to right on the fabric strip B1, pin the long serged sides with pins and then sew the long sides together at a distance of 1 cm to the edge. This gives part X of the sketch above
- Then place the fabric strip A2 right side on the fabric strip B2, pin the long neat sides with pins and then sew the long sides together at a distance of 1 cm to the edge. This gives part Y of the sketch above. Then iron the edges apart.
- Now spread the fabric strips X and Y with the right side upwards. Align the rickrack on the smoothed outer center seam of the fabric strips X and Y to cover the seam, pin with pins, and sew.
- Then place the fabric strip X on one of the short sides right to right on the fabric strip Y and pin the side with needles. Make sure that identical patterns are separated.
- Mark on the side or edge that should later be outside, ie between A1 and B1, in the middle the opening for the zipper. Then sew the fabric strips 2 cm away from the edge of the fabric, from the bottom to the bottom mark for the zipper, from the top to the top mark for the zipper. Through the opening / the zipper later the tube is stuffed with filling cotton.
- Now iron the edges apart. Then pin the zipper and sew it in place. Tip If sewing zippers is too complicated, you can omit them and simply sew the opening after filling.
- Now place the two remaining short sides of the fabric strips X and Y together right to right, pin them down and sew them together 2 cm away from the edge of the fabric. You now have a closed fabric circle of the fabric strips X and Y with zipper between A1 and B1 and each un-cleaned long sides. Then put the fabric circle left to left so that the zipper is on an outer edge, fold the rectangle in half again and mark the folded edges with chalk. The markers are each 47.5 cm from both side seams.
- Now the floor is sewn to the fabric circle. Cut the circle out of the sturdy cotton fabric, retract the fold edges with your fingernail to reinforce them, and then mark the 4 dots on the circular border created by folding with chalk.
- Find a marker on the fabric that will later become the inside of the bed and place it on the mark on the fabric that will be the outside. Stick this point to one of the markings of the floor. Repeat this process at the 2nd mark and at the side seams. Stick the hose and the ground together with additional needles between these markings. Now sew the fabric tube at a distance of 0.75 cm to the edge of the fabric at the bottom and nibble the edges with zigzag stitch.
- Now, for the cushion, quarter the two circles of fabric A and B and chalk the quarter marks. Lay the fabrics on right to right and put them together. Sew both parts together, leaving a turning opening of about 15 cm open. Overcast the edges with zigzag stitch and then turn the pillow through the turning opening on the beautiful side.
- Fill the pillow through the turning opening and seal it with a seam.
- Then fill the hose through the open zipper. If you have not sewn in a zipper, close the open seam by hand with the mattress stitch.
Good to know:
Before you start laying and cutting the pattern, iron the fabric.
This bed is calculated for an outside diameter of about 65 cm. In it, a dog can comfortably stretch to the size of a Jack Russell or Dachshund. If the bed is to be resized, measure a circle on which your dog can lie comfortably. Then calculate the circumference as follows: Multiply the new circle diameter minus 2 times the seam allowance with 3.1415. The measure obtained divided by 2 corresponds to the length of a rectangle. You need two rectangular pieces of fabric.