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Moving-Blanket Pet Bed

Make your dog a bed from a moving blanket, and he'll be sitting as pretty as our dear friend here. The closure on the cover's bottom lets you slip the foam out to wash it. The herringbone-stitched quilts are plush yet indestructible, and stylish to boot.

blue moving blanket pet bed with dog

Photography: Lennart Weibull

Source: Martha Stewart Living, September 2019

materials

  • Foam

  • Moving blanket (Pictured: Pratt Retail Specialties Premium Moving Blanket, 80" by 72", $18, homedepot.com.)

  • Sewing machine and supplies

  • Iron

  • Electric knife (optional)

steps

  1. Cut foam pieces to size for your pet with knife, or have them cut where you buy the foam. (Note: We layered 1 piece of 3-inch-thick foam between 2 pieces of 1-inch-thick orthopedic foam.)

  2. Measure and cut moving blanket. Top fabric should measure: foam length in inches + foam thickness in inches + 1 1/2 inches (for seam allowance), by foam width in inches + foam thickness in inches + 1 1/2 inches (for seam allowance). Bottom fabric, which needs to be longer to allow for the envelope closure, should measure: foam length in inches + foam thickness in inches + 1 1/2 inches (for seam allowance) + 9 inches (for envelope closure), by foam width in inches + foam thickness in inches + 1 inches (for seam allowance). For example, for our 30-by-40-inch pet bed with 5-inch-thick foam, we cut the top fabric to 36 1/2 inches wide and 46 1/2 inches long, and the bottom fabric to 36 1/2 inches wide by 55 1/2 inches long.

  3. Finish open edges of envelope closure: Cut bottom fabric in half. Fold short edge of one piece over inch; press with iron. Fold over another 1 inch; press again. Topstitch whole edge. Repeat with second piece.

  4. Attach top and bottom fabric with a French seam: Place top and bottom fabric with wrong sides together. Pin all the way around, and stitch using a 1⁄4-inch seam allowance. Turn cover inside-out; press seam flat with iron. Stitch all the way around using a 1/2-inch seam allowance, trapping original seam and allowance in fold.

  5. Make box corners: Take a corner and align seams, shaping fabric into a flat triangle. Mark a line from edge to edge, equal to the foam's thickness, with tailors' chalk or pins. Stitch straight across, going slowly over thick seams. Repeat for the other three corners. Turn cover right-side out and insert foam.

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