It's impossible to buy a decent dog bed.
All the pet stores, both of the online as well as the bricks-and-mortar variety, are resplendent in pet kitsch. Piles of day-glo paw-print polar
fleece, or would madam prefer the plaid 'Country Kitschen' look?

Muttropolis do have some nice ones, but upwards of $160 Australian seems a tad excessive even if it does include shipping.

Then Martha had to go and introduce us all to the Hepper range, oh yes indeed she did and I found myself ignoring my previous financial reservations and feeling a dangerous credit card click-ey click-ey through the checko
ut-ey moment coming on. But a quick whip-round with the tape measure revealed that (luckily for my bank balance) they only come in chihuahua size! Nothing for real-size dogs, and certainly nothing large enough to accommodate two real-size dogs that like to sleep snuggled up and sprawled out together (yes Scout and Harper* are BFF now).

But things were getting critical, the current dog bed in a state of aromatic decay, and funky as a ripe rabbit. What to do? Get on the Janome of course.

A few metres of cotton drill, 200 metres of quilting thread, several layers of dacron and much fun free-forming on the sewing machine later**...

A 100% machine-washable dog donut.

As soon as I put it down on the floor Harper gave it her seal of approval by hopping in and promptly going to sleep in it.

She gives it 10/10 for snugglability.

*If you've just joined us, Harper and Scout are my two dogs, one we've had for four years and the other is a rescue and recent addition to the family. And yes, I am a crazy dog lady.

** The Janome -a relatively recent purchase- also gets a 10/10. Six layers of thick cotton drill plus wadding without a hiccup.


Blogger Pikku- Kettu said...

Ain't nothing wrong with crazy dog ladies.

I've run across this problem of dog beds too. That's why Mister sleeps on a blanket of my choosing. But there might be something to this sewing business, if I could produce something so stylish too. :)

22 May 2008 at 7:36 pm  
Blogger Lucy said...

Think you might have a few orders on your hands after this...Harper looks very, very happy.

Crazy Dog Ladies unite, I say.

22 May 2008 at 8:26 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Crazy dog ladies unite!

I'm tortured by the dog bed situation. I only need a tiny one, but they are the same price as the giant size, and I can't bring myself to pay over $150 for an itty bitty bed.

This is outstanding!!!!! I can't believe you made it, it's perfect!

Now....go open a etsy shop ASAP so I can get one! :)

22 May 2008 at 9:59 pm  
Blogger My name is none of your beeswax said...

i am not going to show this photo on the computer screen to kaiser, lest he think his egg crate mattress pad bed too pedestrian now.

nicely done! :)

23 May 2008 at 4:30 am  
Blogger Little Snoring said...

Hey, you did a great job, love the fabric much better choice than the day-glo paw prints!

23 May 2008 at 8:25 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

oh ho!
designer chic!
fabulousness itself!
and cosy to boot.
[and the answer to the questions on your flickr pics]
nice one. :)

23 May 2008 at 8:33 am  
Blogger MWM said...

very nice -and so much better than the hepper. too bad it's for a dog...:)
yes -an etsy shop is in order.

23 May 2008 at 11:54 am  
Blogger shula said...

Clever girl.

23 May 2008 at 6:41 pm  
Blogger kgirlknits said...

nice work, Carson - very tasteful and obviously appreciated :)

seems like you have some buyers lined up, too! Can you make a guinea pig version?!

24 May 2008 at 9:19 am  
Blogger Eero said...

I've made a cat bed out of a soft, thrifted sleeping bag. Not as elegant as your dog bed! So much better than buying one.


26 May 2008 at 3:46 am  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

love the dog bed. i made kevin an ipod cover a bit like that (the wiggly sewing).

26 May 2008 at 9:46 am  
Blogger comfies said...

i want one! immediately!

28 May 2008 at 11:53 pm  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Your dog bed is great! It's a pain in the butt to find a decent bed here for a dog over 20"; and kitsch abounds, which Della gets indignant about.

But are the dogs gonna share it, or are you sewing up another one for Scott?

12 June 2008 at 4:50 am  

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