Monday, February 13, 2012

Homemade Dog Bed...

I have been wanting to buy Hudson a dog bed for some time now. Our whole house is wood floor and I feel bad that he has to sleep on the hard ground. I always look at dog beds no matter where I go: meijer, target, TJ Maxx, Petco...but they are all 40+ bucks and feel like they have 10 cotton balls stuffed into a huge sack. Not very comfy and not something that would hold up for a significant amount of time.
So, this Pinterest crafting weekend I decided to make one for my little baby :)

I found two different DIY ideas online and combined the ideas to make what I thought was the perfect dog bed without using a sewing machine!
I started with hitting the thrift store looking for an old fluffy comforter for the insides of the bed.

I found 2 of these lovely superman twin size comforters at Goodwill for 50% off! They were 2.50 each :) I then used a big needled and upholstery thread to sew the corners together. I wanted to make sure that once inside the cover it would still stay in the shape of a bed.
Hudson was excited from the beginning and insisted on laying on it while I was sewing haha
Next, we laid out the fleece and measured it against the size of the bed. 1.25 yards was the perfect amount!
So we started cutting strips into the sides about 1.5" thick by 3.5" long.
Once all the strips were cut we started tying in double knots. We left one side open so we could put the bed in at the end. One the final side, we only tied in single knots so that if I need to wash it eventually it would be easy to take apart.
Hudson LOVES the finished product!
Look how relaxed he looks :)

Along with the dog bed post I will include a quick recipe for dog treats with ingredients you most likely have in the house...
What you need:
-2 Cups whole wheat flour
-1 Cup Oats
-1/3 Cup Peanut Butter
-1 and 1/4 Cup hot water
-1 egg

Mix the flour and oats in one bowl, the peanut butter and hot water in another. Then combine. Roll out dough into 1/2" thick slab and cut out shapes with cookie cutter. (I used a soup can because we didn't have any cookie cutters)
Once cut out and placed on a cookie sheet. Brush with beaten egg. This gives the treats a shiny complete look :)
Bake at 350 degrees for 40 minutes and WaLa!
Delicious, crunchy, cheap dog treats :)


  1. Super smart! I love it. Was actually looking ideas for a DIY floor pillow for the kids' reading corner and came across this. This is easy and inexpensive enough (although, I won't buy a used comforter for kids... I think it's OK for pets), I think I'll try it. Thanks!!

  2. Wow this was so helpful thank you!!!

  3. I'm just starting mine and I hadn't thought about doing single knots on one side so Thank you ❗❗