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Sew a comfy pet bed for your doggie with this collection of over twenty free diy dog bed patterns gathered from all over the web.
And not only can making your own dog bed can be a cheap alternative to purchasing one, but you can make your project even less expensive by using materials you already have, such as an old sweatshirt, t-shirt, sweater, bed sheet, or blanket, and by using an old pillow for the cushion.
And before making your dog bed, be sure to plan out its size and shape by considering where the bed will be placed, the size of your dog, and how your dog likes to lie down (for instance, curled up or stretched out).
And if you want to be able to wash your dog bed, make a cover that can be easily unzipped and removed for laundering. Just be sure to preshrink your fabric (if your fabric is new) before making the cover.
For more durability, sew the covering for your dog bed from a heavy duty fabric such as a cotton duck or even a heavy duty vinyl (use vinyl if you want your dog bed to be waterproof). But if you have your heart set on a lighter weight fabric, line it with a cotton muslin or broadcloth fabric or back it with fusible interfacing. Or for a warmer, more cuddly feel, consider covering your dog bed with flannel or fleece.
And if you happen to have smaller scraps of fabric leftover from other sewing projects, a patchwork design can help put those scraps to good use. Just remember to test the fabrics first for color fastness before sewing them together.
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