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Topic: Nesting Mat for Spoiled Doxies  (Read 1458 times)
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« on: January 12, 2014 06:54:28 PM »

We have a couple of spoiled wiener dogs who love burrowing and scratching, biting, chewing and rolling around in blankets. They seem to enjoy this process so much that I decided they needed to have their very own nest making bed. This is the result!


It's really just an envelope pillow case with blankets attached on each side. This allows them to dig and pull and scratch and bury until their little hearts are content! They seem to be enjoying it so far so I thought I'd share the instructions for other owners of spoiled beasties.

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- 2"x15"x17" piece of foam (you could use any size or even just an old pillow)
- 1/2 yard heavy duty fabric such as upholstery or canvas
- 1 yard of fleece or other cozy fabric
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Step 1 - Cut your fabrics

Cut your fabrics to the specs below. If you're using a different size piece of foam or pillow, adjust the other measurements, as needed

From your heavy weight fabric cut:
Cushion top - 1 17" x 19" piece
Cushion bottoms - 2 17" x 13" pieces

From your fleece cut:
Top/bottom - 2 18" x 17" pieces
Sides - 2 15" x 18" pieces



Step 2 - Top stitch cushion bottom edges

Fold over one 17" side of both cushion bottom pieces and press. Fold over and press one more time and then top stitch along the right side fold.





Do this on both of your cushion bottom pieces and then set them aside.

Step 3 - Finish fleece edges

Stitch around three sides of your top/bottom fleece pieces - the 18" side, then the 17" width and back down the next 18" side leaving the last 17" side edge raw. Do this on both of these fleece pieces and then set them aside.

Stitch around three sides of your side fleece pieces - the 18" side, then the 15" and back down the next 18" side leaving the last 15" side edge raw. Do this on both of these fleece pieces and then set them aside.

I tried both a zig-zag stitch and also a blanket stitch on my sewing machine. The blanket stitch ended up looking cleaner and causing less stretching and curling of the fabric. Of course, if you had a serger you could use that. You could even leave all of the edges raw if you wanted - your dog probably won't care Smiley.

blanket stitch on the grey, zig-zag on the green




Step 4 - Make a pillow sandwich

In this step, you'll be putting all of your fabrics together into a big layered sandwich!

Layer 1 - Cushion top piece, right side up



Layer 2 - Top/bottom fleece pieces
For this layer, align the raw 17" sides of each top/bottom fleece piece with the top and bottom edges of your cushion top piece, respectively. Fold over the top of each fleece piece so the bulk is in the middle of your sandwich and out of the way of later stitching.



Layer 3 - Side fleece pieces
Do the same thing for the side fleece pieces aligning the raw 15" edges with the 15" side edges of your cushion top piece. Fold the bulk into the middle so that it's out of the way.



Layer 4 - Cushion bottom pieces
Put the cushion bottom pieces, right side down and finished edges towards the middle, on top of all of the fleece layers.



It's important to be precise with this layering so that you avoid stitching the wrong fleece edge or getting tangled up in the bulk once you're back at the sewing machine.

Once you have everything aligned, pin like mad!!



As you're pinning, double-check that you're not grabbing extraneous fleece pieces in your seam. Each edge should be made up of a layer of your cushion top fabric, one layer of fleece only and your layer of cushion bottom fabrics.



Step 5 - Sew it up

Stitch around the outside of the entire sandwich with a ~1/2 seam. It isn't necessary to leave a gap in the stitching for turning as you'll be able to turn the cushion inside-out through the envelope you made with the cushion bottom fabrics.



Step 6 - Turn it inside out and stuff it

Turn the entire mat inside out through the opening in the cushion bottom. Gently push out the corners with a chopstick and cram your foam in! This might require some folding and squishing and maneuvering but just keep at it until everything fits properly.

Voila!





Beatrice photo-bombed the final pictures I was attempting to take. I think that's a sign that she likes it!



In classic doxie style, her ear needs turning right side out Smiley.



The doxies immediately got the idea of this nesting mat and are now taking turns digging, tugging and rooting around in it. I think I'll need to make another one!

If you have questions about this project, just holler!!
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« Reply #1 on: January 12, 2014 07:44:09 PM »

What an interesting thing!  I never thought dogs would do that.  How fun!  Looks good, and Beatrice sure looks sweet, all wrapped up in it!
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« Reply #2 on: January 12, 2014 08:17:17 PM »

What a fun idea! The fabrics you used are so pretty.
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« Reply #3 on: January 12, 2014 09:37:29 PM »

Cosmo would love this!  (Luna, my Chahua, thinks he is crazy when he does this and I have to watch that she doesn't pester him too much...) And his ears are all ways turned back...wonder if he has some Doxy in his bones Grin.  And I always love your colors LimeR.  Nice job Grin
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« Reply #4 on: January 13, 2014 02:44:30 AM »

Such a clever thing to think of, Lime! Bea clearly approves of your project as well. Smiley
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« Reply #5 on: January 13, 2014 03:12:39 AM »

So clever! Beatrice looks right at home.
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« Reply #6 on: January 13, 2014 06:33:43 AM »

What a clever idea for any fur baby that loves to snuggle and burrow!  You are going to have to make one for each of them....
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« Reply #7 on: January 13, 2014 06:40:10 AM »

Beatrice looks right at home in her nesting mat. What a great idea for little burrowers!
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« Reply #8 on: January 13, 2014 08:31:58 AM »

I just love this! Thank you for the tutorial too! Pete says he needs one now. He is sending kisses to his girlfriend.
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« Reply #9 on: January 13, 2014 09:19:37 AM »

It's amazing how quick our little nesters figured this out! They instantly started scratching and doing that funny head dive push and roll thing Smiley.

Beatrice is hogging the mat though. I need to make another one because she keeps kicking Opie out of it Smiley.

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