Crochet Dog Bed with Fairfield Project Foam

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Give your dog a cozy, supportive place to sleep! This crochet dog bed has 5 inches of foam inside and a soft, fur top. It’s the ultimate in comfort for your fur baby. The cover is removable, to make cleaning easier!

How to Crochet a Foam Dog Bed

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Fairfield Project Foam

I asked the folks at Fairfield for some of their 5 inch project foam for my pet stairs design. They’re so generous, that they sent me 2 pieces of foam, plus a roll of Poly-Fil Cushion Wrap and a whole bunch of other goodies too!

Fairfield Project Foam

The project foam is soft enough that I can squish it by pressing hard on it. But it’s also firm enough that it doesn’t compress when my dog, Millie walks on it. I know she thinks it’s comfy because she sometimes just lays on the stairs instead of climbing up into the bed!

Millie resting on the crochet pet stairs

For the bed I decided to add a layer of the cushion wrap. This helps to fill out the cover, and adds a luxurious, pillowy feel to the top.

Poly-Fil Cushion Wrap from Fairfield, on top of a piece of Fairfield project foam

Red Heart Yarns

Red Heart provided the yarn for the removable, crochet cover on this pet bed. The sides and bottom are made with With Love, while the top is made with Hygge Fur. The snuggly fur is warm and can be calming for dogs. The label says it’s machine washable, but I will likely hand wash this cover just to make sure it lasts longer.

Red Heart With Love and Hygge Fur yarns

Gluing Batting to Foam

Foam is tricky to glue because it’s a porous surface. Most glues tend to sink in rather than stick to the top. Spray glue is generally the best bet. There are several on the market specifically made for furniture foam and upholstery projects. Some of the stronger multi-purpose spray glues will do the job as well.

On the pet stairs, I used some Elmer’s Craft Bond Spray Adhesive that I got in a goodie bag at a conference. That bottle was nearly empty, so I bought some 3M Super 77 to finish the job.

2 different spray glues - Elmers Craft Bond and 3M 77

I found the two adhesives pretty comparable, though I didn’t need quite as much of the 3M Super 77. I think they both work well, but would likely choose the 3M glue if I had to pick.


Project Level

Intermediate: Some post stitches, working with fur yarn, join as you go.

Size

24 inches wide x 36 inches long x 5 inches tall.

Gauge

10 dc x 6.5 rows = 4 inches.

Abbreviations used

(Pattern is written in US terms)
ch = chain
sc = single crochet
dc = double crochet
bpdc = back post double crochet
st(s) = stitch(es)
sl st = slip stitch
sk = skip
rnd = round

Instructions

Wrap the Foam

Do this outdoors or in a well ventilated location. Follow any safety guidelines per your glue bottle.

Lay the Cushion Wrap down, and place the Project foam on top of it, so that there’s a 2-3 inch overlap on the front and sides. Wrap the Cushion Wrap up and over the foam as shown. It should now go around the top, bottom, and back side.

Wrap foam and trim wrap

Trim the front so there is a 2-3 inch overlap.

Trimmed cushion wrap around foam

Fold back the cushion wrap and spray the top of the foam with adhesive, then slowly replace the wrap, stretching it into place. Turn the cushion over and do the same on the back side and the bottom.

Pressing wrap into place on foam

Now fold the side edges down and glue them into place as well. Trim away any overlap, particularly in the corners. It’s ok if there are some gaps here, but do not let the wrap overlap.

Trim away excess wrap in corners

Set fully wrapped foam aside to dry while you make the cover. Allow it to dry for at least the full time shown on your glue label before trying to insert it into the cover.

Fully wrapped foam for dog bed

Bottom

Long piece:

With A, Ch 62

Ch 3 at the beginning of a row counts as a dc throughout.

Row 1 (WS): Dc in 4th ch from hook and in each ch across. (60 dc)

Row 2: Ch 3, turn, dc in next st and in each st across. (60 dc)

Place markers at the beginning and end of row 2.

Rows 3-55: Repeat row 2.

Fasten off.

Short Piece:

With A, Ch 62

Rows 1-9: Work as for rows 1-9 of long piece, including placing the markers. Do not fasten off. Secure working loop with a stitch marker or scrap of yarn and remove hook.

Join Bottom:

With right sides up, place short piece on top of long piece so that the bottom edges of each piece line up with the markers on the other piece. They should overlap by 7 rows.

Joining the 2 pieces of the back panel

Sew the two pieces together where they overlap, along the side edges only. This creates an open flap across the back, which will be used later to insert the foam.

Overlapping flap at back of dog bed

Sides:

Rnd 1 (RS): Place working loop back onto hook. Continuing from back,

  • Ch 1, turn, bpdc around each st across (60 bpdc)
  • Working in sides of rows, 90 dc evenly spaced across to corner. (90 dc)
  • Working around sts of row 1, bpdc around each st across. (60 bpdc)
  • Working in sides of rows, 90 dc evenly spaced across to corner, join with sl st to first st of round. (90 dc)

Rnds 2-8: Ch 3, turn, dc in next st and each st around, join with sl st to first st, changing to 2 strands of B held together. Fasten off A. Do not turn. (300 dc)

Bottom and sides of dog bed cover

Top

Entire top is worked with 2 strands of B held together, for added fullness. Row 1 should be worked across a short edge (60 sts).

Instead of chaining to start each new row, you will work slip stitches into the stitches from the side rounds. These slip stitches act as turning chains, while also joining the top to the sides. These slip stitches are not included in the stitch counts at the ends of the rows.

With 2 strands of B held together,

First stitch of pet bed top
First stitch of row 1

Row 1 (RS): Sl st in next st, turn, sk sl st, (2 sc in next st, ch 1, sk next st) 30 times, sl st in next 2 sts. (60 sc, 20 ch-1 sps)

slip stitch placement at end of row 1
Slip stitch placement at end of row 1

Rows 2-89: Turn, (2 sc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, sk next 2 sc) across, sl st in next 2 unworked sts on side. (60 sc, 20 ch-1 sps)

End of row 2
Slip stitch placement at end of row 2.

Row 90: Turn, (2 sc in next ch-1 sp, ch 1, sk next 2 sc) across, sl st in next unworked st on side, changing to A, Fasten off B. (60 sc, 20 ch-1 sps)

There should now be 60 unworked sts left from rnd 8 of side.

Row 91: With A, ch 1, turn, 2 sc in first ch-1 sp, sk next 2 sc, (2 sc in next ch-1 sp, sk next 2 sc) across to last ch-1 sp, sc in last ch-1 sp, sk next st, sc in last st, fasten off leaving a 36 inch tail for sewing. (60 sc)

Joining Top

With tail, sew row 91 of top to remaining unworked sts of side.

Finishing:

  • Weave in all ends.
  • Insert wrapped foam into cover through back opening. I’ve found this is easiest to do like you would put on a stocking – crumple the cover up so you’re only dealing with the last few inches, insert the bottom of the foam, and then shimmy the cover up over the top. Finally, fold the top flap down over the edge.
Putting the cover on the pet bed

The flap should be enough to keep the cover closed on its own, and you don’t want buttons or a zipper rubbing against the floor. If you want to hold it firmly shut, you can sew in an optional tie closure. This rough seam is tied closed with a bow so it can easily be removed when needed.

  • Optional tie closure: Cut a 30 inch piece of A. Sew it through both layers across the middle of the opening, in a very large running stitch. Go over at least 3 to 4 stitches at a time so it’s easy to pull out later. Pull this yarn until the ends are roughly even. Then, sew each end back in towards the middle in a similar running stitch. When they meet at the middle, tie a bow.
Optional tie closure

To remove cover for cleaning, undo tie and slide foam out from opening.

How to Crochet a Foam Dog Bed

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