Dog Crate Pad

Over the weekend I saw some folks with no-sew fleece blankets for their dog crates at shows. Knowing Beau likes fluffy things, I thought this would be a good way to pad his crate. The pad I describe here fits well in Beau’s crate and I think it’ll work as a travel bed for him as well since it’s pretty small (will easily fit in my Jeep). Since it’s getting close to the gift-giving season, I thought I’d post this in case anyone’s looking for a good present for their favorite pet-lover. It would be easy to make custom sizes for the smallest critters (check the remnant bins to save $$) or even the largest– very few crates are wider than about 40″, even ones for Great Danes. This size is about $13 to make, but could be more or less depending on size and materials used.

I purchased 2 yards of 60″ wide fleece and cut it to roughly the dimensions I needed for Beau’s crate (his crate is 28″ wide by 48″ deep) with an extra 4″ all the way around for the fringing. Pretty much I had the 60″ width of the fleece for the 48″ length of the crate, and the 2 yards folded in half for the 28″ width. I then cut and tied three edges of the fleece (see this page for a better description of this process). I did something a little different from here, I took a piece of 45″ by 60″ (crib/craft size) high loft polyester quilt batting, folded it to the same size as the fleece, and placed it between the two layers of fleece. I figured the poly wouldn’t hold water or moisture the way cotton would. I then completed the blanket as the directions above state.

I did consider using polyurethane foam (available at craft stores and EveryMart) since it would be more firm than the quilt batting. It would also be more expensive. If I do another I will likely use the stiffer foam padding. You could also fill the bed with poly-fil (loose fiber) to make a quick pet bed.

You could also use foam
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Fri, 2008-01-11 11:39.
You could also use foam chips – if you can get them. In my area of Canada they are available at Walmart. They are in the sewing and knitting area. Hope this helps. The pads or beds are easy to maintain and easy to wash.
dog crate bed
Submitted by Anonymous (not verified) on Sun, 2010-02-28 14:35.
Be careful if using fiberfil or foam chunks (small kibble-sized pieces might be okay) for a dog bed if your dog is a chewer when bored. These are items that can easily block a dog’s intestines and cause very expensive vet bills.