I want to share with you the gift that I made for Danielle of ZandDart for the Pet themed July swap in our Etsy Texas Crafters group. When I finished it, I was so excited about it that I almost wanted to drive it to her house and give it to her.
Anyhoo, I didn't like any of the instructions or beds that I came across so I started thinking to myself that what I'd really like to make was a box pillow and use that minky fabric and stuff it with fiberfill so that it would be all squishy and squashy - and that's what I did!
I found instructions on how to make a box pillow here. I didn't have Archimedes to measure so I just winged it. I wanted the bed to be big for him so that he'd have plenty of room to squiggle around. I ended up making it 24 x 16 inches.
This time, I was smart and looked up how to put in a zipper on youtube.com. Isn't it great how you can find instructions on how to do almost anything online? So this time I got the side band on right side up AND there are no gaps in the zipper closure.
The finished product turned out great. I thought it looked very professional. And Archimedes the cat looked happy in the pic Danielle sent me. I learned 2 new skills - how to put in a zipper and how to make a box pillow.
The finished pillow is very lumpy and squishy looking. That was intentional. My cat and dog both like to wiggle/knead/squoosh and squash their beds until they get them just right. I'm hoping Archimedes is the same. I had some thick foam but I felt it would make the bed too ridgid and who wants that, right?
Let me know what you think!