"It’s not done yet, Zak!"
As you can see, my dog doesn’t care if it’s not finished — it’s for him and he can’t wait to sleep on it!
Zak turned 8 on Tuesday, and he’s got a bit of arthritis, so he walks with a bit of a limp after he sleeps on the floor. Over the holidays my mom and I decided that it’s not good for him to be jumping up and down from the couches, so we decided to look for a dog bed for him.
However, Zak is on the bigger side of collies, and is 90lbs despite being a very trim dog under all that fur. Finding a dog bed for him is tough, especially because most beds are too small or waaaaay too expensive — $150 on a rectangle of fabric and a thin little slab of foam? Yikes.
Mom and I both sew. I’m mostly self-taught, but that wouldn’t have happened if she hadn’t taught me to thread her machine. So when we got back from dinner with her friends, we went down to our sewing room and went through the cupboards. From two old foam egg crates, an old bed pad and two old canvas curtains, we managed to make a big 54” x 42” bed (in a shell) and a canvas cover in about 25 minutes. All we need to do is buy is a zipper from Fabricland tomorrow and install it in the cover, and bam!
Proof that if you can sew and have stuff to cannibalize, you can make anything yourself in no time :)