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Your Dog Shares Your Bed But Won’t Do the Laundry: A Solution

Swatch is a big one for sharing the bed with his humans. He's not much help doing the laundry, though.

Swatch is a big one for sharing the bed with his humans. He’s not much help doing the laundry, though.

Do your pets insist on sharing the bed with you? Yes, we know that it’s probably not the most sanitary thing to do and we’re aware that pathogens can be spread, but you can’t deny the feeling of contentment that comes from having a beloved pet within reach. Personally, my cocker spaniel makes the best foot warmer on a cold winter night.

Unfortunately, it’s not as though your pets join you in bed after their nightly bubble bath. They leave fur and dirt all over your bed, and aging pets sometimes can be incontinent. Unless you live in Downton Abbey, washing linens and changing sheets every day isn’t a practical option. Solution: Sew a pet-friendly bed scarf.

Bed scarves are perfect for pets that sleep at the foot of your bed. (Image by Shagreene, from Houzz)

Bed scarves are perfect for pets that sleep at the foot of your bed. (Image by Shagreene, from Houzz)

Bed scarves—those small coverlets draped over the foot of a bed—first cropped up in hotels but are now going mainstream. My two dogs only sleep at the foot of my bed, so a bed scarf with a waterproof side sounded like a brilliant idea. For less than $20, I made a quick-and-easy bed scarf by taking a cotton flannel (top layer) from Mood NYC that worked with my bedroom decor, and machine-quilting it to some waterproof cotton (bottom layer) I had in my stash.

Pet bed scarf from Cabela’s. Not bad, but you’re limited to a few colors and it doesn’t come cheap.

It’s very simple to make your own pet bed scarf:

  • Option 1: Choose an outdoor fabric or water-repellent fabric that coordinates with your bedroom and just finish the edges with a bias trim (one layer of fabric).
  • Option 2: Choose a fabric likely to hold up to repeat washings, like a home decor cotton that coordinates with your bedroom. Pair it with a water-repellent fabric, such as treated cotton, ripstop or nylon. (At Mood NYC we have lots of rainwear fabrics in a wide array of colors.) Stitch the two layers right-sides together, leaving an opening to turn. Turn right-side out, press, and topstitch around the edges.
  • Option 3: Use a decorative, washable fabric paired with a moisture-repelling fabric as above, but add a layer of batting between them and machine-quilt to hold the layers together. Finish the edges with a binding like a quilt.
At Mood NYC you can find bolts of water-resistant fabrics as well as Sunbrella® fabrics (right).

At Mood NYC you can find bolts of water-resistant fabrics as well as Sunbrella® fabrics (right).

Cute as Swatch may be here, I have it on good authority he snores.

Cute as Swatch may be here, I have it on good authority he snores.

Readers, do your pets sleep with you? Do they stick to the foot of the bed like mine do, or do they need to snuggle on your pillow with you? Tell us here, and please share your solutions for co-sleeping with your pet!

12 Responses to “ Your Dog Shares Your Bed But Won’t Do the Laundry: A Solution ”

  1. chelsea

    I recently had to kick my 130lb. Pitbull off the bed. She snores and has restless leg syndrome(ok maybe she dreams she’s running). I set a cot up for her next to the bed, she loves it. What breed is swatch? Looks like a mini pit bull, I want one!

    580 days ago   |  
    • Meg at Mood

      Swatch is a Boston terrier.

      580 days ago   |  
  2. Nancy

    My Great Dane gets 90% of my king sized bed and I get what is left. She has a fleece cover for the bed that she sleeps on and her own blanket. She wakes me up if she gets cold to tell me that she needs her blanket adjusted. If I turn on the light to read at night she asks to have the blanket over her eyes.

    591 days ago   |  
  3. Jill Jacoby

    My new Chiuaua was destroying my comforter scrunching it up around herself next to me so I make sure and have a throw blanket for her.

    591 days ago   |  
  4. Amy

    That dog is way too cute! I need to do something like this for my little guy… he loves to cuddle in bed and get everything stinky!

    -Amy
    (www.thatssewamy.com)

    595 days ago   |  
  5. Lola

    both of my dogs sleep with me…I really like this idea

    601 days ago   |  
  6. Sharon

    My border collie sleeps on top of the covers of the bed, but tend to snuggle behind our knees or if either my husband or I are away, he tends to sleep with his head just near the pillow on the spare side of the bed. Good thing he doesn’t snore, not like my husband :)

    602 days ago   |  
  7. Meredith P

    We have 3 cats, and they sleep wherever they want. :-)

    I really like the “scarf” idea, but having a washable cotton matellaise cover is very helpful too.

    603 days ago   |  
  8. New York Sewer

    I would love to see an example of a quilted silk bed coverlet if Mood is ever up to it.

    603 days ago   |  
  9. New York Sewer

    I think this is a great idea, although it would have been nice to have seen an example made up by a home sewer. But I will save it.

    Thanks.

    603 days ago   |  
  10. Rene

    Excellent idea for a common problem, especially if one has a king-sized bed!
    I LOVE ‘useful things’-nice to look at but which have a practical purpose as well.

    603 days ago   |  
  11. Ginger

    What if your dogs sleep under the covers?? :) But seriously, this is a great idea– I feel like I wash my duvet cover once a week and it would be so much easier to make a little cover like this.

    603 days ago   |