Mandy Shaw author of Stitch At Home wanted to make her dog Ted a new dog bed and we think her design is absolutely adorable and wanted to share it with you! These dog bed patterns are perfect for a medium-sized dog. To ensure that the dog bed can be washed easily, it is a good idea to use an old cotton sheet to make an inner bag for the filling.
You Will Need
- 50cm (20in) of 150cm (60in) wide main fabric*
- 2.5m (2¾yd) extra wide ric-rac
- 40cm (16in) of 150cm (60in) wide contrasting fabric*
- Blue dot, dark pink and cream fabric offcuts for the appliqué
- Fusible webbing
- Embroidery threads
- 50cm (20in) hook-and-loop fastener tape
- Recycled cotton sheet
- Polystyrene balls for filling
Notes: *choose sturdy, washable fabrics – upholstery and denim are great choices; sew 6mm (¼in) seam allowances throughout unless otherwise specified.
Finished size: 68.5cm x 50cm x 15.5cm (27in x 20in x 6in)
Cut and prepare the top and bottom pieces
1. Cut two pieces from the main fabric measuring 68.5cm x 50cm (27in x 20in).
2. Using a large 28cm (11in) diameter dinner plate as a guide, mark a curve with a pencil at each corner of the fabric rectangles. Cut around the marked lines.
3. Sew the ric-rac to the edge of one of the trimmed pieces with right sides facing.
4. Fold each rectangle in half and half again, and mark the fold lines with pins.
Cut and prepare the side pieces
1. Cut two strips from the contrasting fabric, one measuring
16.5cm x 142cm (6½in x 56in) and one 21.5cm x 72cm (8½in x 28½in).
2. Working with fusible webbing , appliqué the kennels onto the narrower, longer strip. Cut five kennels (see Templates, Dog Kennel Block), three from blue dot and two from dark pink fabric, and position around the strip approx. 10cm (4in) apart. Blanket stitch in place.
3. Cut the dog from cream fabric and appliqué to overlap the left-hand edge of the first pink kennel. Secure the dog with cream blanket stitch, and use black thread to satin stitch his nose and add a French knot eye. Use a blue thread to chain stitch on a collar.
You can appliqué small rectangles cut from cream fabric to make little name plates for the dog kennels, and add your dog’s name and those of his little doggie friends in backstitch for a fun touch.
4. Cut the shorter, wider strip in half along its length to give you two strips. On one strip, press a 1.3cm (½in) seam allowance along one edge, wrong side to wrong side. On the other strip, press a 1.3cm (½in) seam allowance along one edge, right side to right side. Place the hook-and-loop fastener tape in the middle of each pressed seam allowance, so that it is 10cm (4in) in from each end, covering the raw edges (Fig. 1). Sew in place.
I used a hook-and-loop fastener to give easy access to the lining so that the dog bed cover can be removed for laundering.
5. Join the hook-and-loop fastener together so it makes one piece of fabric. Topstitch the seams either side of the hook-and-loop fastener, on the right side of the fabric.
6. Join the hook-and-loop fastener strip to the appliqué strip to make a continuous circle. Divide the fabric circle into four quarters and mark with pins (Fig. 2).
Assemble and finish the bed
1. Attach the top rectangle to the side circle right sides together, matching up the pins. Pin each quarter well and ease excess fabric in. The accuracy of the insertion will depend on your seam allowances, pinning and fabric thickness, and nips and tucks may be necessary. Machine stitch. Remove pins. Zigzag stitch to finish all seams to prevent fraying.
2. Attach the bottom rectangle in the same way, and finish all seams as before.
3. Make the inner bag to the same dimensions as the bed, omitting the ric-rac and hook-and-loop fastener; leave a 15.5cm (6in) gap in one seam to fill with beans before closing up.
4. Turn the bed the right way out and insert the filled inner bag.