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« Reply #20 on: March 30, 2008 08:20:05 AM »

what a cute model!!  is this a no sew project???
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« Reply #21 on: March 30, 2008 08:33:37 AM »

What a great bed! I wonder if I could size it up enough for my big dogs - one Rottweiler and one Newfoundland mix - they so love their beds. Oh, and I could make one for the cat and one for the granddaughter too
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« Reply #22 on: March 30, 2008 08:38:15 AM »

How long til the cat takes up residence??? Grin
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« Reply #23 on: March 30, 2008 09:09:05 AM »

looks cool!
I'd probably just take two circular things, cut the sides and tie?
probably not that simple, but eh...I'm lazy and I try to do it faster =]
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« Reply #24 on: March 30, 2008 09:13:08 AM »

What a great bed!
I think I saw a similar pattern and almost bought it - but it was on a 99cent sale... and it wasn't fleece but sewn.. similar though
I can't wait to see how you made it!
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« Reply #25 on: March 30, 2008 09:29:25 AM »

This is awesome!!  I bet that my cat would love one.  If you do post a tut I bet that I would use it.  Cheesy
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« Reply #26 on: March 30, 2008 09:37:01 AM »

First off, thanks so much for all the feedback!!  I was SO proud of how my little fleece bed made it to a Hot Post!! Grin

and now, it's the tut!!  i apologize if it's too simplified, but i wanted to make it very clear in case people have never made tied blankets before.

the concept is based on tied fleece blankets, so if you know how to do it, this will be super easy for you!

first off, the supplies

  • fleece (i used two different colors, which i bought from the remnant bin, bought around a yard EACH
  • scissors or a rotary cutter
  • ruler
  • safety pins
  • polyfill or some other sort of filling

the next thing i did was lay out the fabric one on top of the other, the sides i don't want showing facing IN, then i folded the fleece in half, so it would reduce the cutting time



i decided on how big to make this one, the first one i just sort of cut out an oval shape to make it larger, but this one i wanted to be a circle. i measured how far it was from the fold to the end, which was around 19 inches.  then i measured 19 inches from the bottom, pinned my tape measure to that spot, and preceded to spin the tape around like the hands on a clock, and put in a safety pin every once and awhile.... hopefully the pictures will help this make sense.  i did this to try to make a nice circle.


the center pin which i rotated around


the measurement out from the center pin


the final pin layout

i cut along the pins to help keep it in a circle shape, then i unfolded it.

pretty close, cept for the selvage

i put a safety pin the middle, to keep both pieces from slipping too much while i was cutting

then i determined how big i wanted my tags to be.  i made mine 4 inches long and 1.5 inches wide, i measured the first one, and then just free hand cut following the first cut around the circle.


the first cut


what it looks like around the entire circle, you can use either scissors and i have heard of people using rotary cutters and cutting mats

after its cut, then i begin to tie knots.. which is just a normal square knot.  i usually try to tie evenly (hope i explain this okay), i pick one color, ex. the yellow and I will tie that first, then tie the blue on top.  this keeps both sides of the tag even.

remember to keep these TIGHT so stuffing doesn't come out,
WARNING: don't pull TOO hard, sometimes the fleece will rip  Shocked

continue this around the entire circle, EXCEPT for the last 3 or so (about 5 inches)  it will begin to get all bunch and ugly looking.

in progress, notice the wrinkling...


all knotted, except for the last few

yeah! almost done!! :-)  now take your choice of filling, for me it was polyfill (the cheapest stuff, ha ha)  when I am stuffing, i rip apart the polyfill, trying to give it a bit more air.  stuff your bed however you want, i did some extra in this one, trying to give it some more loft!  when you are satisfied with your stuffing, just tie off the last three and WAH LAH! all done!

NOTE:  since the two pieces are the same size, i noticed that whatever piece is on top tends to have extra "wrinkles" in it.  if you don't want any wrinkles, maybe you can make the circle a few inches smaller?? but i am not sure on how to do that at all.  Tashi (my puppy) really likes the extra wrinkles, she "digs"  around in her bed and tries to hide her toys.. so up to you!



let me know if you have any questions!! and please post your beds if you make some! it will be really cool to see everybody's "babies" hanging out! :-)
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« Reply #27 on: March 30, 2008 09:43:50 AM »

WOW!  THANKS SOOO MUCH!   my little dog will be sooo happy!!
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« Reply #28 on: March 30, 2008 09:46:04 AM »

It's so adorable! I love your puppy Smiley the bed looks like a sea anemone.
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« Reply #29 on: March 30, 2008 09:46:16 AM »

what a cute model!!  is this a no sew project???

Yeah! this is a NO SEW project!! and its pretty quick to get done, even with a puppy running all over your fleece and pulling at it while your cutting!!  Grin


What a great bed! I wonder if I could size it up enough for my big dogs - one Rottweiler and one Newfoundland mix - they so love their beds. Oh, and I could make one for the cat and one for the granddaughter too

you probably won't find remanent pieces large enough  BUT if you find a few different color of remnants, like 4 or so, then sew those together (along the width) to make two large pieces of fabric, i bet you could do it! you could even make a square shaped one too i bet for your big puppies!

How long til the cat takes up residence??? Grin
the one i made this morning is for her, its been put up high so the puppy can't get to it.  we've only had Tashi for about 10 days, and the cat is still sulking a little....  Wink

looks cool!
I'd probably just take two circular things, cut the sides and tie?
probably not that simple, but eh...I'm lazy and I try to do it faster =]
hopefully my directions didn't over complicate the project, but thats pretty much it.  just cut out a shape, did some tag cutting and knotting and went to town!
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