Cute puppy warning!
Those puppy eyes are why I needed to make a dog bed.
My husband has been holding onto a spare set of couch cushions for 2 years. They were given to him by a former boss who also had an antique shop. I’m not quite sure how the couch cushions ended up in an antique shop or who would even go there to look for them, but none the less, we had a spare set. They are always in the way – ALWAYS! Until the one time we needed them for a dog bed. And since I was using half the antique couch cushion set, I was able to goodwill the other half and now they are no longer in the way!
First, I gathered my supplies:
Cushion or stuffing (I chose the back cushions as opposed to the bottom cushions because they were smaller)
Fabric (I used an old curtain and a small piece of accent fabric) – enough to wrap around the cushions
I figured out how I wanted my antique couch cushions to fit inside the case I would make. I wrapped my material around my cushions and included an overlap (so I didn’t have to install a zipper) to make sure I had enough to make the bed. My curtain wasn’t quite long enough, so I added the extra accent fabric. I asked for my pup’s approval.
Everyone, this is Archer, our Australian Shepherd from France which makes him a French Australian Shepherd. Oui Oui.
It’s not Egyptian Cotton, but it will do.
This is where I should have taken more photos. I added extra fabric to the curtain making it longer so it would wrap all the way around the two antique couch cushions. Imagine a curtain hanging from the window and then adding material to the bottom to make it longer. I placed right sides together and sewed.
Sewing extra fabric to the bottom of the curtain to make it longer.
Since I added extra fabric, I needed to hem the new bottom edge. I rolled it under, ironed it down and then sewed it.
Now it was time to sew up the sides. I folded the fabric with the new panel attached in half so one end of the fabric met the other end. Before sewing up the case, I made sure that I had an overlap, so I would be able to insert the antique couch cushions without installing a zipper. To do this, you need to fold the fabric in half and then have one side cover the other. You will still have a rectangle, but the two ends won’t meet up. Instead, they overlap each other. Then, with the right sides facing, I sewed up the sides.
I turned it inside out, added my antique couch cushions and sicked the pup on it.
Reviews? 2 paws up! He loved it!
“I wuff it!” Notice his drool marks moments after completion.
Because I used two cushions, I created a small valley where the two cushions met and he loves laying in it.
Dog beds can be costly and often the dogs end up shredding them. This was a great way to avoid that expense and to get rid of our antique couch cushions (phewfta!)