Sunday, June 23, 2013

Hotdog Bun Dog Bed Tutorial

We have a weeny dog so it only made sense to make him a Hotdog Bun Bed. But whether or not you have a dachshund this bed is super snuggly. I recommend using a thicker fabric since you’ll probably need to wash it often and dogs are a bit rough on their beds. This bed will accommodate small and medium size dogs.

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Materials Needed

If you plan on washing your bed in hot or warm water then it is probably a good idea to prewash the fabric.

Step 1: Measure your fabric out and find your corners, measure 2.5” down from each corner and this will be where you draw your curves. Doesn’t have to be perfect.

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Step 2: Cut your fabric. I cut my top piece first, laid it over my bottom piece and just cut around it. That way my corners matched….actually it’s because I was too lazy to measure everything again.

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Step 3: Line up the end of your zipper with the start of your corner curve. The beginning of your zipper should have about 1/2” hanging into the curve but the end where the pull stops will be in perfect position.

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Step 4: Sew zipper…. top of zipper to right sides of fabric. Using 1/4” seam allowance. You’ll want to use your machine’s zipper foot for this.

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Step 5: Unzip the zipper so you can turn it right side out in a minute. Sew around the sides and bottom (right sides together) using 1/2” seam allowance. Sew up to the zipper as close as possible but not over it. Turn right side out through zipper side.

Step 6: Find the middle of the bed and stitch down it. Make sure your thread blends in nicely with your top fabric.

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Step 7: Cut your scrap pieces. I didn’t have enough white so I did the tops white and bottoms blue. The top had to be white because you could see it through my polka dot fabric.

Step 8: Stitch around the scraps (right sides together) using 1/4” seam allowance leaving a small gap. Turn right sides out. Fill with stuffing then sew gap closed. Make sure to really stuff them especially the corners. There should be enough padding that when your pet lays in the center they don’t sink between the cushions.

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Step 9: Insert into the bed and enjoy!

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