Ages ago, I spied a rather lovely dog bed with a flap on the top that meant the dog could climb underneath it for a little comfort & cover. We know terriers like to burry themselves and I think they were actually call Terrier Sacks (unfortunately that name conjures up all kinds of awful images of drowning puppies!!!).
It piqued an idea for a dog bed
With nothing more than a duvet (hypo allergenic in this case for Max’s skin) and a few metres of paw print fleece, I set about making my own version.
It couldn’t have been easier.
So for any one out there who might want to try the same, here it is in it’s most gloriously simple form.
Cut fleece and duvet to desired size (I based our JRT’s bed on about 700mm square)
You can either turn in raw edges of duvet along cut and zig zag edges (this is where I put the overlocking machine I have long lusted after back to the top of my wish list) or finish it with bias tape for a bit of extra rigidity
Sew up ends and sides of fleece (right sides facing) like a furry duvet cover
Attach duvet at each corner (still inside out – this will keep duvet from migrating in the wash)
Then turn right way (duvet is firmly fixed into corners so won’t have moved)
Turn in raw edges and hand sew the opening closed
Fold in half and hand sew the 2 side edges together (leaving end open for your pooch to clamber in)
A Pooch Pouch that is snuggly and cosy when it is cold and drafty.
My sis’s JRT is on holiday with us at the moment so we couldn’t miss him out. He absolutely loves his, his old bones love being toasty warm and he gets to hide away from all the insanity of a younger model nearby.
I think it might have to go home with him when he goes back to Norfolk.
Instructions for making pooch pouch
Decide on the size you want for your dog (we chose 500 and 600mm square for the 2 sizes seen in the post)
Get your chosen fleecy fabric in measurements that are equal to 4 squares (I got fabric 1300mm wide so bought 2.5m for both beds) with an allowance for a little wastage on the selvedges etc.
Cut it to suit your chosen bed size (i.e. 2no pieces at 500mm x 1000mm for the small bed)
Sew then together (right side inside) along 3 of the sides leaving one of the 500mm sides open.
Turn it the right side out. You have a long fleecy sack that forms the covering of your pooch pouch.
Get a single lightweight hypoallergenic duvet per bed. You will need to cut this down so mark it up with your measurements (i.e. 500mm x 1000mm for the small bed or 600mm x 1200mm for the slightly larger bed)
Overlock (or zizag) along the edges of the duvet that will need trimming to achieve your dimensions
Fold it in half. Push it into the top of your fleecy sack with the fold at the open end of the sack.
This leaves half of your fleecy sack empty at the bottom. Secure the duvet to the open edge of the fleecy sack
Push the empty bottom part of your fleecy sack inside the folded duvet.
Secure the inside corners to the open part of the sack.
Hand sew your sack closed and voila. Your pooch pouch is born