Wednesday, November 2, 2011

Freddy's Crate Pad

Well, Freddy only used the crate the first night he stayed here.  Ever since then, he's been sleeping in the orthopedic dog bed, or in one of the other dog beds we have upstairs.  Which is fine.  But, I'm still going to share the first steps in making the crate pad.

I went to Joann's and bought a twin sized pressure relieving mattress overlay-aka an "eggcrate" mattress.  The pointy foam looks like an egg carton.  My mother had one on her bed and loved it, and the orthopedic dog bed we have has one, only it's supported by a thick layer of foam beneath it.

Next, I measured the inside of the dog crate...minus the sleeping bag the previous owner used for a padded bottom.  The bottom is tapered somewhat, so it's a little smaller than the regular dimensions of the crate.  Then I cut the foam, and then measured the fabric to fit.      
I'm using a fleece remnant I found at Joann's.  I had it in my fabric stash.  I love to pile through the remnant racks whenever I go in there for whatever unusual fabric I find.  I don't know how much there was on the piece, but I think it was at least 3/4 of a yard.  That's where I've stopped.  All I have to do is sew up two sides and either put a zipper in, or put velcro/other type of fasteners on the remaining side.  I've been doing several shows so I've been crocheting and knitting up a storm.

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