Do you have a stinky smelly dog? We do! Does your dog have a stinky smelly bed? Ours does! We tried washing the dog beds but the stuffing just ends up a mess and our little pup can't climb into them so easily anymore. So, we decided to make a washable dog bed cover! I did a some google searching and found a little how to video from our friend Martha Stewart. There weren't any written instructions so I've created my own:
Step 1: For this dog bed we will be adding french seams because we will be removing and washing this often. These seams are much more durable than a straight standard stitch. For the seams we'll need to add 1 1/2" to the width and length. We'll also create an envelope for the back to insert the foam core. To create the envelope we'll add 9" to the length for the back. Final cuts: top at 22 1/2" x 28 1/2" and bottom at 22 1/2" x 37 1/2".
Step 2: Add hem to the back envelope. Add a hem to the inside edge. Fold inside edge in 1/2" and then press. Fold over again 1" and press. Add a top stitch to close.
Step 3: Pin wrong sides together for start of French seam. Sew 1/4" seam all the way around.
Step 4: Turn inside out. Press seam. Sew 1/2" top stitch seam all the way around.
Step 5: Turn right side out. Press seam again. Sew 1/2" top stitch all the way around, this covers the raw edges. French seam complete!
Step 6: Create Box Corners. Turn inside out. Make a triangle at each corner, matching seams in front. Measure down the width of the foam core. We'll measure down 3" and mark. Sew across.
Step 7: Add foam core and your all done!
I think this is exactly what we needed and it looks great! Martha suggests creating an identical muslin cover for the inside that is also washable.
Kim & Garrett
We love to make It Ourselves.