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A Perfect Pet Bed
While many people love sharing their beds with their cats or small dogs co-sleeping isn't for everyone. If allergies or personal preference are keeping your pet out of your bed, it's nice to provide them with a comfortable place to sleep of their own. With this free pattern, you can make a pet bed that any animal will love.
The size shown here will also accommodate a small dog. Variations on this pattern to make a large pet bed for a medium to large dog can help those in need of more extensive facilities.Continue to 2 of 8 below.
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Materials and Cutting Instructions
- 2 yards of 45" wide fabric
- Stiff interfacing for bottom
- 59" of piping
- 14" circle template (An embroidery hoop works well for this and fabric bowls)
- Patterns for the bottom of the bed—find free directions to draw the pattern pieces here
Continue to 3 of 8 below.
- Cut one of each pattern piece from the fabric of your choice.
- Cut one smaller base piece from heavy interfacing. The type used for fabric bowls worked wonderfully.
- Cut four strips—10" by the width of the fabric
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Sew the Base
Continue to 4 of 8 below.
- Fold the base pieces in quarters and gently press or mark the folds to use when assembling the pieces
- Remove a 1/2" of the cord from your piping. Butt the ends of the cord, fold over one raw edge from the covering where you removed the piping. Sew the edge of the cording so that it forms a circle. Be sure to keep the piping straight so that the cording is all on one edge and not twisted. Set aside.
- Baste the interfacing to the smaller base piece, 3/4" from the edge. Trim the interfacing just outside the stitching.
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Sewing the Pillow Part of the Pet Bed
Continue to 5 of 8 below.
- Sew two rows of basting stitches on the outer edge of the larger base piece. Stitch less than 1/2" from the edge.
- Pin wrong sides together, matching the fold lines. Gather the upper base to be the same size as the lower base.
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Stitch and Stuff the Pillow
Continue to 6 of 8 below.
- Stitch using a 1/2" seam, leaving an area open to stuff the base.
- Stuff the base, keeping the stuffing centered in the base as much as possible.
- Finish sewing the edge closed.
- Set aside.
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Sewing the Sides of the Pet Bed
Continue to 7 of 8 below.
- Sew two strips together to form a circle, using 1/2" seams.
- Repeat for the second set of strips.
- Sew two rows of basting stitches on the upper edge of each side piece.
- Fold the piping and side pieces in quarters. Mark the quarter folds. Mark both edges of the side pieces. Gather one edge of the side to fit the piping, matching the marks.
- Sew the piping to the edge of the side.
- Gather the other side piece to fit the piping and sew right sides together.
- Apply a seam finish to the seam allowance on the sewn edge.
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Sew and Stuff the Sides of the Pet Bed
Continue to 8 of 8 below.
- Turn the sides, so the wrong sides are together.
- As you sew basting stitches, which join the raw edges, stop every 6" to 12" and stuff the tube. Keep the stuffing up at the piped seam as much as possible.
- Sew the second row of basting stitches.
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Attach the Sides to the Base
- Place the raw edges of the side, on the flat side of the bottom.
- Match the fold lines on the base with the quarter marks on the sides.
- Gather the side to fit the edge of the bottom.
- Sew using a 1/2" seam.
- Apply a seam finish.
- Turn the sides, so they enclose the seam and are on the top side of the bed.