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annacharlotte
« on: September 20, 2007 07:44:23 PM »

Hello,

I have a new rescue dog coming home on October 2nd and am thinking of making her a bed. 

Is this http://www.greenergrassdesign.com/bellapetbeds.html just one long stuffed tube sorta wound around itself and sewn together? 

It seems simple to me...do you think it is?
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« Reply #1 on: September 22, 2007 04:12:18 PM »

I saw these beds in my Modern Dog magazine and thought of making one (or six, one for each of my cats and dogs Wink ).  I guess the hard part would be hand sewing the tube together.  I hate hand sewing so I guess that's what keeps me from attempting it.  That and I'm not sure how easy it would be to clean.  Undecided   
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« Reply #2 on: September 22, 2007 10:11:01 PM »

That's a good point.  I was also wondering about the handsewing...how sturdy could you make it?  I'd be afraid of it unwinding.  Was thinking about doing individual kind of knotted stitches...  but am also thinking I'll probably just buy something for now.  Oh dear...I hope the Craftster gods and goddesses don't strike me down.   Cheesy
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« Reply #3 on: October 04, 2007 01:16:06 PM »

This is awesome. I just found this bed on uncommon goods and emailed my friend to ask her the very same question. She sent me this thread. I love that DIY spirit! I was also wondering about keeping the tubes sewn together and how sturdy it would be, especially with my giant dog being as wiggly as she is. But then I thought--what if I used fishing line to sew the tubes together? I am going to try it out and will post pics here if I'm successful.
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« Reply #4 on: October 04, 2007 09:09:24 PM »

This is a similar idea

http://www.hgtv.com/hgtv/ah_pets/article/0,,HGTV_3151_2634952,00.html

I would not use fishing line because it is a hazard to pets who like to chew things and could cut their mouth, tongue, and intestines if ingested.
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« Reply #5 on: October 05, 2007 08:04:22 AM »

Wow...six degrees of Craftster separation...or something...  Definitely post pics when you're done.  I was thinking of just using a heavier duty thread rather than fishing line.  They sell higher gauge thread, I have some black that I bought by mistake.  We did end up buying Keilo a bed, but I'd be up for trying this anyway.  Shall we do a dog-bed-along?
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« Reply #6 on: October 11, 2007 07:50:48 AM »

For sure--let's see what we come up with. I'm not a procrastinator, but since becoming a member of craftster, I have like 800 projects in progress. I can't decide which I am most excited about. So right now, is it the dog bed, or is it the upcoming craftster embroidery challenge? Decisions!
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« Reply #7 on: October 13, 2007 04:32:58 PM »

A similar idea might be to make the big tube, but instead of sewing it in a "cave shape" you could attach ties every so often and when you spiral it just tie it onto itself without sewing. Does this make since? I'll try to draw a pic.
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« Reply #8 on: October 16, 2007 03:57:18 AM »

How cool is that bed???!!!
Okay - sewing it on a sewing machine would be nightmarish.  There is just no way that I can think of that you can do that.

Having made a stuffed snake - okay, let me rephrase that - after starting to make a stuffed snake and getting frustrated and chucking it.... much better... I can say one thing - if you decide to do this - make sure you either have the tubes big enough you could stick your hand in to - which could be an issue since it would get REALLY thick that way... this way you can put your hand in it all the way to stuff it.  THe pattern I used for the stuffed snake said to leave parts of the seams every so often unsewn (for you to hand sew up later) so that you can stuff it easier.

I think it is an adorable bed and I have wisted it - I wish I had the time to figure it out for myself - but not right now.  I hope one of you guys get it going.

My dog would chew any ties on the bed - he is a tag shredder and I can just see the glee in his eyes if he saw ties on it.  It would have to be hand sewn on the bottom side for sure - that is a lot of hand sewing.  I wonder how that company makes them in such mass production. there has to be an easier way...!
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« Reply #9 on: November 26, 2007 01:27:52 PM »

Wow...six degrees of Craftster separation...or something...  Definitely post pics when you're done.  I was thinking of just using a heavier duty thread rather than fishing line.  They sell higher gauge thread, I have some black that I bought by mistake.  We did end up buying Keilo a bed, but I'd be up for trying this anyway.  Shall we do a dog-bed-along?

You could try using tatting thread (do they call it thread or yarn? I'm talking about the stuff that's on a roll and has the consistency of embroidery floss) to sew the tubes together. Whatever you use make sure it's cotton based just in case the dog eats it. Cotton will pass through the dog, fishing line will not.
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