DIY Dog Bed - Bamboo Frame!!!!!


Many of you will jump with joy when you read this: 
This is a "NO SEW" DIY project!!!!



Yep, that's right.  
And along with this awesome bamboo bed tutorial, Sebastian and I are celebrating one year of Sew DoggyStyle this month.  Wow!!!

INSTRUCTIONS:

First, you will need bamboo.  Home Depot and other related stores sell bamboo stakes.  I was fortunate enough to have bamboo growing in the backyard!


Then you'll need to cut the bamboo to size (easiest with a man...with a chop saw).  To determine the size of your bed frame, measure the size of your dog bed and add a few inches on each side for the bamboo to overlap.


What's awesome about this project is you can use an already made dog bed that you have to place inside the bamboo frame.  You can also make the frame as big or as small as you want it so virtually any sized dog can have one!!

You will then need some twine.  I purchased this bundle from Home Depot.


This part is going to take TWO people.  We used the "square" knot technique to combine the bamboo.  I recommend searching some videos on You Tube to determine which knot technique you like the best.


After you get the bottom frame done, I would give it a test fit with the bed you will use.  As you can also see in this picture, I used a standard bed pillow as the "mattress" since it fits Sebastian perfectly.  But ANY bed will work.


Next it's time to square that baby up as you attach the top frame.  I mainly "eyeballed" it, but measuring always helps eliminate mistakes.  =)


Well, that's it for the frame!  
We took it outside to do another test fit and put the pillow in with the cover on.  (if you also want to use a standard bed pillow but you don't sew, you can use an old pillow cover from your bed set!)


 Sebastian approves.  Moving on...

  Now on to the NO SEW curtains!!!  Yep, you read that right.

Measure the bamboo frame around all sides.  You'll have 2 different measurements, unless your frame is a perfect square.  Cut out 8 rectangles of fabric based on these measurements:  measure from floor to top of frame and double that measurement for the length.  Measure from one side all the way to the other side for the width (no need to double up on the width unless you want extra gathering).

Fold each rectangle piece in half and lay over the top bamboo strip like this:


As you can see, I sewed the edges.  However, no sewing needed if you use TULLE and it works great!!!

Then just gather the piece of fabric to one side and tie a piece of twine around it to hold it in place...like this:


Repeat these steps for each corner of the bed frame.
That's it!!!!  I know, so easy.

Here's more pictures to enjoy...  



And of course Chanel couldn't help but get involved after I pulled out the beef jerky.


If you make this project, post your finished tutorial on our  Sew DoggyStyle Facebook page!!

You may re-post any of my projects as long as you credit Sew DoggyStyle.


XOXOXOXO,
Erika and Sebastian


13 comments:

yuki the dog said...

oh, i love your bed! it looks like a bed made for a princess! your so crafty:)
♥yuki

Miss `Chievous said...

THis is so cuteee! :) I want to do one for my toy dogs. :) Thanks for the inspiration.

Debby and Kirby the Dorkie said...

Oh dear - Kirby says he simply must have this! Which brings us to our reason for commenting - your projects inspire us to be crafty so we are giving you the Inspiration Award!

http://www.kirbythedorkie.com/2011/06/inspiration-award.html

Pup Fan said...

Such an awesome bed!

Tammy said...

Wow! That is just too cool. It's a really great looking bed too!

IctoRude said...

So awesome!

Ann Dziemianowicz said...

Love your site!

This bed is beautiful. Very exotic. And Sebastian is adorable! :)

Congrats on blogging for a year! And thank you for following me.

Mandy said...

awesome bed. looking so cute.

Caddie said...

oh my word!! How adorable?? I LOVE this and I love all your ideas! You're so creative!
Love, from South Africa! xx

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Gabby Heckmann said...

LOVE it! I don't have any bamboo around here (and I wanted it to be an indoor bed) so I used PVC painted black and it worked just as great. And PVC has connectors so I didn't have to make my god awful knots. ;) Thanks so much for the instructions! :-)

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