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How to Make a Pet Bed in an Hour tutorial!
We have been blessed to share our lives and home with some very sweet dogs for the last ten years. We started by adding Ernie to our family. Next came Penny. Ernie and Penny then gave us Bean, Pig, and Ellie. Yes, five miniature Dachshunds. Call us nuts (you wouldn’t be the first!), but we love ’em all.
Bean is our smallest dog. Recently, I wanted to treat her for her birthday. Since she is Natalie’s dog, I asked Natalie to give me a sweater that she had been wearing. I then turned that sweater into a bed for Bean.
The supplies for this dog bed are minimal. You will need:
Since Bean is a miniature Dachshund that weighs maybe two pounds, I wanted to use a small sweater. She would have been swallowed up by the bed had I used a super large sweater. The bed needs to be cozy for the dog, big enough, but not too big.
To begin, turn the sweater inside out. NOTE- choose a coordinating yarn color for your pet bed. I used a much different color to highlight the steps. 🙂
Close the neck hole using a blanket stitch.
Turn the sweater right-side out again.
The blanket stitch is an easy one to master. Slip the needle under the previous stitch.
Pull the needle through that stitch.
Then down into the fabric to make a complete stitch. Pull tightly, ensuring that the yarn is fully through the back and is lying flat.
Here’s a video of that process if it’s easier to “see” via video!
The thread shows where to stitch the next line. Begin at the underarm of one sleeve and stitch across to the underarm of the other sleeve.
Be sure to tie the beginning and ending knots well. This creates a “tube” to stuff which will eventually become the top of the dog bed.
Once you have the tube created, stuff it with fiberfill.
Overlap the ends of the “arms” of the sweater together, then stitch together using a running stitch.
I doubled the stitch to ensure it staying together. Again, knot well!
With the top of the dog bed complete, it’s time to stuff the base of the bed.
Add fiberfill to the body of the sweater. Don’t overfill, but be sure it is full enough. You want your dog to be able to snuggle into the bed, not sit on top of a hard pillow.
Once the body is filled, use a blanket stitch to close it.
There’s only one remaining step! Use a blanket stitch to attach the bottom of the tube topper to the end of the body.
Add your cute dog and you’re done!
With Bean settled into her new bed, it only seemed fitting to give her a taste of her favorite treat, Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® Burger Bites. She loves these things! I love giving them to her because I trust this brand.
“Did I just hear the Burger Bites bag being opened?”
Rachael Ray Nutrish contains real U.S. farm-raised beef or chicken as the #1 ingredient, contains no artificial flavors or meat by-products, and is safely USA cooked with the world’s best ingredients. These are truly snacks that I am confident to feed our beloved pets.
When I found out that a portion of proceeds from each sale of Nutrish is donated to The Rachael Ray Foundation, which helps animals in need through Rachael’s Rescue, I was happy to know that while I treated our pets, Rachael’s Rescue® was thinking of the forgotten pets – the ones who might not have someone who loves them as much as they deserve.
Did you know that through 2016, Rachael’s Rescue has donated more than $14 million dollars to pet charities and other organizations that do good for animals. The funds are used for food, medical supplies, treatments, and more for animals in need. Many more animals around the country need help, and through Rachael’s Rescue, together we can make a difference in the lives of many four-legged friends!
Now, you know that these are just treats and should be treated as such. Rachael Ray™ Nutrish® Treats are intended for intermittent or supplemental feeding only. Please watch your dog to ensure Nutrish treats are thoroughly chewed before swallowing. Break into small pieces for smaller dogs.
Our dogs love these flavors- Nutrish® Meatloaf Morsels, Pawsta, and Bean’s personal favorite, Burger Bites. There are more options to choose from, but these are our dogs’ favorites.
Heads up! Save $1.50 by printing this coupon! You can print it twice to save even more!
I headed to Chewy.com to order these treats. Chewy.com makes it super simple to re-stock our treat supply!
They have a great auto-ship program which saves me both time and money. I saved 20% on my first auto-ship order 5% thereafter.
I love how simple shopping for our precious pet’s treats is at Chewy.com. Our order arrived in 3 days. Living in a very rural area, this is one seemingly small thing that relieves a burden of going to the “big city” to shop.
I’d love to hear about your pet! Leave me a comment or head over to our Facebook page and share a photo!
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