Dog’s mattress out of old jeans

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If you have a family pet, make use of old jeans cutting them into strips and making a nice thick mattress for your pet.  This really should be a removable cover for easy washing, with another one exactly the same (but with no opening) in a lighter weight material inside.  But, as it was a last-minute rush job, I just made a velcro opening along one side and filled it with wadding (which can also be removed for washing if it’s too big to fit in your washing machine as a whole).  For the base, I used an old towel, which just happened to be the right size.  As you can see, it didn’t take any of them long to take possession!!

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As my dogs seemed to like Khaleesi’s bed so much, I decided to make one for them.  I ordered a 300L box of expanded polysterene balls on the web to fill this one, thinking it would be more comfortable for them.  I made a lining out of an old sheet, filled it with the balls, but then found I couldn’t fit it into the lateral opening I’d made on the bed!  Why didn’t I think of making the opening at the top or bottom??!!!  When I finally managed to get the filled lining in place, it was far too full really.  Only Fox has sat on it so far.  Khaleesi did try, but rolled off!!  So I decided, instead of removing the entire lining with filling, to make a lateral opening, remove a whole bin-liner full of polysterene balls, then hand-sew it up again.  And this was the result……….

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Even so, none of the animals, other tan Fox want to lie on it – – I think it’s probably because it makes a kind of ‘crunchy’ sound with all those balls!!  So I’ll probably end up replacing the filling with normal wadding and inventing something else to fill with the balls!!

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