Before sourcing your dog bed materials, figure out the following:
This will involve measuring your dog and deciding what shape of bed you'd like to make.
If you want a symmetrical bed that is round, oval, or a shape other than rectangular or square, you may wish to create an actual-size pattern to most accurately determine how much fabric you'll need.
Remember to add in the material for the top, bottom and sides, as well as for a bolster if that is part of your design.
Note that you can use different types of materials for different parts of the bed, and the same goes for stuffing.
There are many different choices for dog bed materials.
Here are things to consider about the cover fabrics:
This brightly colored flannel sheet that I obtained from a thrift store could easily be turned into a dog bed cover.
Suggested cover materials:
Again, there are different dog bed materials that can be used:
*To test the compressibility of the sample they show you at the upholstery or foam shop, squeeze the piece from both sides with your hands in the middle of the foam sample, not at the edges.
Your options are:
* If the fabric is very heavy it may be easier to add ties or buttons than Velcro or a zipper.
* Sew-on Velcro is recommended rather than the adhesive type.
* If you do plan to use
adhesive Velcro, we suggest you staple it to the fabric as well for best
results (sewing through adhesive Velcro is not recommended as it gums up the needle).
Well, that about sums it up. I'd love to see what you've done with these instructions, and I'm betting others would too - feel free to submit your homemade dog bed photo here!