My little doxies love this soft and comfy round bed so much that I'm calling it a doggie donut! They are the sweet filling, and the blanket is built in so they simply crawl into their little donut domain to make a perfectly wonderful hideout!
Jens and Otto tuck inside this DIY doggie bed like a big cushy pocket. I actually made 2 of them, so they don't have to share, but they keep getting into the same one!
It was great because there was enough stuffing for 2 dog beds in the Fairfield® Soft Touch® Round 32" Pillow Insert.Here's what you'll need to make a doggie donut for your fur babies:
1 Yard - Red Broadcloth
1 Yard - Brown Minky Fabric
2 Yards - Gray Minky Fabric
Cotton Yarn and Large Needle
Measuring Tape & Chalk
Scissors, Straight Pins, Needle, Sewing Machine & Thread
24" Metal Zipper
Step One - Open the seam on the pillow insert about 9" with a seam ripper.
Make the pillow flatter for your fur baby by pulling out enough stuffing that your breed of dog can be comfortable when laying on the pillow.
I found that by dividing it in half, that I had just exactly the amount of stuffing I need for TWO dog beds for my 18-20 lbs. Dachshunds.
Hand sew the seam shut with needle and thread.
Mark the corners of an 8" square in the center of the pillow, with pins. This is where you will tuft the pillow to flatten for your pet.
Create a tuft at each pin, by sewing a stitch through the pillow and tie tightly to secure.
Repeat at each pin-point to complete all 4 tufts.
Measure and cut a 33" circle from the red broadcloth.
Cut circle in half.
Sew zipper into the two halves of red fabric circle. When the dog bed is complete, this will be where you insert the Fairfield® Soft Touch® Round 32" Pillow Insert.
Fold Gray Minky Fabric in half and sew a 1" seam across the fold to stabilize. Using the red fabric circle as a pattern, cut the Gray layers to match; with the fold 6" from the edge .
Cut a 33" circle from Brown Minky Fabric. Pin the 2 Gray Minky layers to brown Minky Fabric. Serge or sew around all edges to join the 3 layers.
Pin Red Broadcloth circle on top, with the brown on bottom and the gray layers in the middle.
Sew all the layers together, with zipper facing in.
Remove the pins and turn the entire pillow.
Open the zipper and stuff with your tufted Fairfield® Soft Touch® Round 32" Pillow Insert.
I hope your fur babies love their new Doggie Donut as much as Otto and Jens!