Loki got a new bed today and the weather held out for photos, so you all get a new tutorial! Read below to learn how to make this cute fluffy fleece dog bed!
You’ll need 1 1/4 yards of fleece. (This is Debbie Mumm fleece from JoAnn, so it’s a little nicer than their standard fleece.) I cut TWO 26″ circles. His little butt won’t hang off of this one! Then, I did a little math. After a 1/2″ seam allowance, the circle is 25″, so 3.14*25= 78.5. 78.5/2 is 39.25 + another 1/2″ seam allowance = let’s say 40. That means we need two pieces that are at least 40″ long. I cut mine 9″ high by 44″ long to make sure I had enough.
This should help explain how I cut it out:
I cut the 26″ square first, then folded in it fourths. I measured 13″ from the center point in several places and marked it with chalk (or a sharpie, I can’t remember…) Then I used my super-sharp Ginghers to slice through all 8 layers of fleece. It doesn’t have to be perfect! And I say that being a perfectionist. But seriously, if it’s slightly oval or choppy or whatever it doesn’t matter as long as it’s consistent top and bottom. Any choppiness will end up in the seam allowance, and a wonky shape won’t be noticeable once it’s stuffed.
(If you buy 1 1/3 yards, you can squeeze out 28″ circles, but not much more than that.)
Now, sew the long pieces together on the short side, right sides together, to make once long piece. I used a 1/2″ seam allowance and my walking foot for the whole project.
Now mark the halfway points on both circles. I folded them in half and marked each spot with a pin.
Now take one circle and place it right sides together with the long piece, matching the center seam to the center point.
Sew in both directions starting from this center point/seam to 4″ from the other center point.
This diagram will help:
Sew the other circle in the same manner. You should now have the top and bottom attached, and 8″ open at the center on the top and bottom.
Now pin the seams all the way up to the center point, then fold the excess back and pin it in place. Sew all the way across the top and bottom seams.
This should give you a finished bed with a hole in the middle where you will turn and stuff the bed.
Turn it right sides out:
Now you’ll need two pillows. Pillows are cheaper than stuffing! I get them for $3-$4 when I can combine sales and coupons. Target and Kohl’s are good for cheap pillow deals.
Perform some surgery on your pillows. Try to fluff up the stuffing as best you can and stuff it into the bed. Keep stuffing! It will smoosh down, so while you are going for more “disc” than “ball” keep in mind you may need to over-stuff a little bit. A lint roller and vacuum are helpful for cleanup after this step.
Add a minion to check for fluffiness. This one couldn’t wait to try the bed! He actually jumped OVER me to get to it.
Now you need to hand-stitch the opening closed. You could machine stitch, but hand-stitching will look more seamless and it will allow you to open the bed back up easily should you need to add more stuffing. (For washing, I just shove the whole bed in my front loader. If you can wash two pillows, you can wash this.)
Insert your needle back behind one of the folds and push it through at the top seam. Use a ladder stitch back and forth, taking big stitches – about every 1/4″-1/2″ all the way to the bottom.
Pause to pet the doggie who is sitting on the bed while you do this. (Partly because he likes his new bed, but mostly because I have the camera and he knows he gets to pose for the camera… and get treats.)
Tie off the last stitch a couple times and bury the thread: