Make Your "Best Friend" Happy and Comfortable With A Dog Mat Without
Spending a Fortune
Recycling Old Sheets Is A Cheap Way To Give Your Dog A Comfortable Place
If you've looked through dog catalogs, dog beds are pretty expensive.
I wanted to give my 2 dogs something comfortable to lie on when they nap or go to sleep
You see here in the picture my good old boy, Merlin, resting very comfortably
on a mat that I made. It's made from an old flannel sheet that is no longer viable for my bed.
I measured both dogs from nose to top of tail and added a few extra
inches for stretching comfort.
For Merlin's mat, I bought 1 1/4 yards of 1" foam rubber and batting. The
foam comes in a standard width of 25 inches. So, when the mat is finished it will be 46" X 25".
I layered the batting on top of the foam rubber to give it a little
For the cover, I used the old sheet and a remnant piece of heavy weight cotton fabric I
had laying around in my sewing room.
I measured and cut the fabric to the size of the foam rubber mat plus a half inch for the seam.
"If a dog chews his or her bed, the long piece of thread can be dangerous in the intestines. So,
when sewing any dog/cat toy or bed, stitching a few inches, cutting thread, stitching a few inches
more, cutting thread, stitching a few inches, etc...is a much safer way to sew. It takes a few more
minutes, but is a potential life saver for dog or cat."
Sally from Jackson Hole
Then with my serger, I ran a seam on three sides of the mat--the 2 short
sides and one long side.
I then turned the fabric right side out and put the foam mat and batting inside
the "pocket" of the fabric.
I handstitched a simple running stitch to close up the opening. This simple
handstitch makes it easy to open and throw the cover into the washer. When it's time to put the cover
back on, reinsert the foam and batting into the fabric casing and do another simple running
stitch to close it up.
And now you have a simple, cheap, comfortable mat for
your dog to lie on.
For one mat, it cost me:
$10.00 for the foam
$2.50 for the batting
and the fabric I already had left over for a total cost for one mat of
And I have a very happy dog!
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