by Staff Writer
Do you want to give your pet something fun to nap on? Then this is the project for you. The vintage fabrics used in this pet bed prove that your dog doesn't have to be dull. This project also uses sturdy upholstery-grade fabric that will stand up to years of use. Once you have the right fabric, scissors and tools, the ease of this construction allows for this project to be finished in only one afternoon.
Cut out the fabric shell. Cut two 14-inch circles and two 16-inch circles of the vintage fabric. Cut one strip of the fabric measuring 13 inches by 30 inches.
Cut out the foam filling. Cut one 12-inch circle of foam and one 5-inch by 29-inch strip of foam.
Stitch together the base of the bed. With the right sides of the fabric facing, pin together the 14-inch fabric circles. Stitch the circles together using a half-inch seam allowance. Leave a 5-inch opening to insert the foam circle.
Finish the base of the bed. Turn the sewn fabric right-side out. To ensure the foam circle goes in the opening a little easier, you can fold the foam in half. Push the foam circle toward the front of the base. This will leave extra loose fabric in the back. This extra half-inch of "hangover" fabric will later be used to attach this piece to the back of the bed. Stitch the opening closed.
Stitch together the back of the bed. Fold the 13-inch by 30-inch strip of fabric in half lengthwise. The right sides of the fabric should be facing each other. Make sure the edges are matched up. Stitch along the raw (unfinished) edge, keeping a half-inch seam allowance.
Finish the back of the bed. Turn the long strip of fabric inside-out. The right side should be facing outward, and this piece should look like a long tube. Work the foam strip into the tube. At each end of this tube, there should be about one inch of loose fabric.
Connect the base and back. Fold the back in two, find the center and mark it with a piece of chalk. Fold the round base in half and mark the center with chalk. Pin the back of the bed to the base. Make sure the centers of both the back and base are aligned. Pin the bed to the base along the sides. Stitch the bed to the base, allowing for a half-inch seam allowance. Turn the loose fabric ends of the tube inward and stitch them closed.
Stitch the cushion. Pin and stitch the 16-inch circles together with the right sides facing one another. Stitch them together, keeping a half-inch seam allowance. Leave an opening 5 inches long to stuff with polyester fiberfill.
Finish the cushion. Turn the cushion so that the right side is out and stuff the cushion with the polyester fiberfill. Stitch the opening closed.
Place the cushion in the finished bed.