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Topic: Recycled dog Bed - puke and doggie accident proof (and it's free!) pics included  (Read 4955 times)
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« on: February 10, 2008 06:29:49 PM »

Ok maybe the subject of this topic is a little laughable, but let me just start with why I've called it the puke & doggie accident proof dog bed! I made my dog porter a dog bed a while back and he slept in it every night, I had a liner, recycled foam shredding and then a pretty cover. well he ate a rawhide whole one night and proceeded to puke liquid projectile all over his bed and it soaked through all the layers into the foam ruining everything.... GROSS..

I decided I need to make a puke/liquid proof dog bed! So next time (um.. he gets no more rawhides...) we can keep the bed and do a quick washing machine on the outer cover.

here were my requirements for this bed:

  • Must have a waterproof liner (so I can just wipe off his puke should he ever get sick on his bed again)
  • Must have a washable cover (so when porter pukes again I can wash the cover)
  • recycled materials for most if not all of the bed, (I felt guilty having to toss the foam that was just trashed from him getting sick so I wanted to make up for it! )

My dog bed was made with:
  • Fused plastic bags for the liner (between 4-6 bags thick)
  • foam packing peanuts from shipments you've received
  • leftover fabric I had in my fabric stash

I did this all in 4 steps

  • fused about 40 plastic bags following instruction I found on craftster
  • Sewed them into a big pillow case shape (but larger becuase my dog is 80lbs)
  • stuffed it with the recycled peanuts I had from shipments sent to my house
  • found scrap fabric (you could use sheets or something from a thrift store if you don't have fabric) and sewed another outer pillowcase and added a zipper so I could take off the outer case and wash it...
Cost = $0  I just used recycled bags and peanuts and leftover fabric and stuff in my sewing kit Smiley

I haven't posted any of my projects before on craftster and thought I'd take a shot at it by posting my dog bed Smiley would love to know what you think!!!

Here's the pics!

The plastic "fabric" ready for sewing

The plastic Pillow ready for the packing peanuts!

Packing peanuts I"ve saved from various shipments (I had 2 whole bags full!)

the finished waterproof pillow! with packing peanuts inside

finished dog bed.. doesn't look that great on camera Sad but Porter loves it!

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« Reply #1 on: February 10, 2008 07:48:59 PM »

This is really great! just what the doctor ordered.
I have two labradors in the house so I know what you mean!!

« Reply #2 on: April 21, 2008 07:44:09 PM »

This is awesome. I plan on making it soon. Thank you for the tutorial
« Reply #3 on: November 21, 2008 02:46:59 PM »

i wound up with a big box of foam peanuts today and thought 'hmmm, what can i do with these other than make christmas garland?'
thanks for the idea!
« Reply #4 on: November 22, 2008 10:43:16 AM »

 Cheesy I totally had the same idea, but didn't have enough plastic bags to do it.

« Reply #5 on: January 10, 2009 06:16:56 PM »

Great idea!  I'm going to see if I have enough to make one for my dog and maybe one to donate to the shelter in town.

Thanks for the tute!
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« Reply #6 on: January 21, 2009 12:50:07 AM »

What a fantastic project!  You put so much thought into designing and making it.  I love recycled items used in crafts -- it just seems to speak to something inside every crafter, in my opinion.  Thanks for the great idea and photos.

« Reply #7 on: February 05, 2009 08:24:59 PM »

I made this for my two dogs out of scraps of towels and blankets they had torn up.  They've chewed on every bed they've had so far but this one is still in tact.  Thanks for the tutorial!
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« Reply #8 on: February 16, 2009 03:41:03 PM »

This is absolutely BRILLIANT!!!! I never heard of fusing plastic bags, but what a genius idea! I volunteer at a shelter here and am ALWAYS looking for cheap ideas for our fur-babies! I am getting all the volunteers to help me collect bags and maybe even my Girl Scouts can help! Thank you so much for this wonderful idea!!! Love, Meg
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« Reply #9 on: March 05, 2009 06:12:26 PM »

Great idea using the fused plastic bags. My cats have problems chewing their food and have puke problems, too. I can steal this idea easily Smiley

Do you think shelters would use these? I can imagine these would be wanted by everyone with pets.

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