How to make a simple and cute dog bed in 10 minutes

Have you shopped around for a cute dog bed lately? Well, don't bother if you want to find one that is both inexpensive and easy on the eyes. The trouble I've always had is finding one that fits in with my home decor.

I think the companies that make these dog beds are attempting to pick colors and patterns that will go with any decor, but herein lies the problem. These round, frumpy dog beds are usually an atrocious mix of pattern on top of pattern and clashing colors, which I guess is supposed to go with the color and style of any room...?! You probably know what I'm talking about if you have seen these generic dog beds at your local pet store.

So, for the people out there who want their dog to have his/her own comfortable space but who refuse to sacrifice style and a bunch of dough, I think I have a really simple solution. (If you like this, please consider visiting my blog for more DIY tutorials: Thanks!)

Materials - 1.5 yards of fabric of your choice ($5 for mine); standard pillow (used or new for $6); sewing machine (mine was $22) (or plain old needle and thread will work); measuring tape ($1); scissors ($2)

Time - approximately 10 minutes
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Step 2: Cut the fabric according to your measurements

Picture of Cut the fabric according to your measurements
(Note: You can outline the pillow with a fabric pen, or you can do what I did and just eyeball it.) 

Step 3: Insert pins along the sides that you are going to sew

Pins should be inserted about half an inch away from the edge of the fabric. This will keep the fabric in place as you sew the pieces together. 

Cool idea and cool dogs! :D

kokosalexa1 year ago
:-) love your dogs! Good idea, but would need like 10 pillows for my two giants :-)
ChrysN4 years ago
Your dogs seem to really like the bed, I bought a small bed for my cat and he never goes near it, maybe I should try making him one.
WhyHello ChrysN4 years ago
Is he adopted(the cat?) sometimes in shealters of previous ownners will use 'beds' to move them, or he may relate it to a kennel
ChrysN WhyHello4 years ago
Oh, he was adopted, I never thought of that, thanks.
31diy (author)  ChrysN4 years ago
Hmm...I wonder why. If you try making the bed with one of your old pillows, then maybe he will be drawn to it more than his store bought bed. I'm not sure if it works the same way for cats, but I know my dogs love things that smell like me. :)
ChrysN 31diy4 years ago
That's a great idea thanks.
NachoMahma4 years ago
.  Nice Ible
.  Dogs rule!!

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31diy (author)  NachoMahma4 years ago