So I somehow got it in my head that I would make my dog a bed for Christmas. Not that she really needs one, since she is allowed to sleep on the couch or my bed or wherever she wants really. But anyways, she is a big dog and I figured it'd be better on her joints in the long run if she slept on a nice dog bed rather than my beat-up couch or the floor.
I could have just bought a dog bed, but the ones that are big enough for my dog are horribly expensive. Mine ended up costing about $40 in supplies (I wouldn't have bought one for that much at a store...)
The supplies were:
1 queen sized foam mattress topper (New from Wal-mart. It's hard to find used ones, and I don't think I'd want one anyways. I had enough left over to make a simple bed for my little dog as well.)
3 bags poly-fil on sale from Joanns
1 duvet cover from Value Village
This is for size reference, since the bed looks so ridiculously huge. It's not really the same size as a twin mattress, it's mostly the angle of the picture. My dog weighs about 100 lbs and I wanted her to be able to lay comfortably on her side.
Here is a picture of the foam bit and the bumper/pillow bit (poly-fil and part of the duvet cover)
This is a picture of the bed finished. The plaid cover is removable, so I can wash it and such. I basically had to invent a slipcover pattern, as I've never made one and couldn't be bothered to look one up.
My other dog also got a bed, really just a pillowcase and foam topper. He likes to dig at his bed space, so I filled the pillowcase with chunks of foam topper, instead of a flat piece. He's kind of horrible, so he didn't get as nice of a bed. I did buy him a bag of a dozen tennis balls though.