Like most dog crates, it didn’t come with a cushion or crate pad. The crate lives in our bedroom where our pack sleeps. His humans have a soft bed and my boy desired something soft and cushy to sleep on in his little condo within our condo.
Blitzkrieg required surgery to fix a hernia from being beaten and abused, I wanted to get him an orthopedic dog crate pad. I prices those suckers and ouch! $30 for a thin piece of egg crate foam covered in cheap fabric? Forget it. I’ll make my own for $5.00 and with much nicer fabric thankyouverymuch.
I stopped at the fabric store to buy foam padding. They charged crazy high prices for large pieces of upholstery foam. I saw some small pieces of foam that were cut down from the larger pieces that were the perfect Pekingese size. I asked if they sold the smaller pieces at a discount like remnants of fabric. The clerk told me no. I told the clerk goodbye.
I found a twin size egg crate foam mattress pad at Dollar General for $5. Perfect!
Since I spent such an exorbitant amount on the stuffing for Blitzkrieg’s bed, I thought I better pony up and choose a fabric for the outside that is nice and lush. I rooted around in my fabric stash and found some blue mohair upholstery fabric. My mom gave me the leftover fabric when she had a chair reupholstered.
What do you think Blitzkrieg? A mohair orthopedic dog crate pad?
Oh yes please!
I measured the inside of the dog crate and cut two pieces of foam padding to fit. Then I cut two pieces of mohair fabric one inch larger than the foam padding and sewed them right sides together to form a pillow. I turned the pillow right side out, stuffed it with 2 pieces of egg crate foam padding stacked one on top of the other, and sewed the end closed. I ran a seam one inch around the interior of the crate and hand quilted it so the foam won’t shift when I wash it in the washing machine.
The Mohair Man Cave
Only the finest things in life for my boy - especially if they are practically free!
Did you enjoy this post? Get more like it by subscribing to the Condo Blues RSS Feed or to Condo Blues by Email.