Introduction: No-Sew Blue Jeans Portable "Lap" Dog Bed!

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My current neighbor (as mentioned earlier in another 'ible) has two little dogs - She is also out a lot so the dogs spend quite a bit of time in our house :)

Recently she threw out (well attempted to) some blue jeans and some pillows - I wasn't going to let that happen so I took them and tried to think of something to make.

As mentioned in this 'ible the two little dogs are very sad when she leaves for work and they whimper until they find something of hers.

I decided I would stuff the jeans and use them as a dog bed!

The first problem I encountered is that I can't hand sew well at all (as proved here) so I decided to make them no-sew.

Making the pet bed a no sew project would add a different dimension so I decided I would do an 'ible on it :)

Step 1: Gathering...

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It is time to gather your materials.

You will need approx 5 pilows.

1 pair of blue jeans.

Some scissors.

An old belt.

simple skill.

You will also need to follow the instructions!

Lets get started shall we?

Step 2: Tassling.

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To achieve the no sew we still need to cap the leg ends of the jeans.

To do this you need to tassel the ends of the legs, each tassel should be about 10cm (3.5") long.

Cut the tassels around the hem of each leg making sure there is an even amount - we'll get on to that soon!

Step 3: Knot a Bad Step!

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Knotting time!

You remember those tassels?!? You have to tie them all in a knot...

You will need to take two opposing tassels and knot them together using a simple overhand knot.

When you knot the tassels together you will notice the last ones will be tight - this is OK.

Keep knotting until the jeans leg is completely sealed off so no stuffing will fall through.

Next step can now be opened...

Step 4: Stuff This...

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Now comes the easy part - stuffing!

Simply tear apart the pillows and stuff the jeans! BUT WAIT - just when you thought this 'ible was over - you need to keep one of the pillows in-tact and you can't use feathered pillows!

Anyways, stuff the legs first and then the waist can be stuffed.

When there is about a pillows worth of stuffing left to do on the waist line you can get the full pillow and use it as a cap - it works great!

Now all that is left to do is add a belt to complete the cap and position your new pet pillow!

Thanks for reading - please cast a vote (or two...) my way and share this 'ible!


CorgiCritter (author)2015-03-07

Nice work, and really cute dog. Is it a rat terrier?

My dog sleeps outside (Except for when it is very cold) and he doesn't really have a bed, we just cover his doghouse with a bale of straw and fill it up with straw. When he is in his kennel he has his BEST toy ever: a blanket! He just chews himself to sleep. It has helped calm him down in the car quite a bit. :D

You should enter this in the pet contest.

JM1999 (author)CorgiCritter2015-03-07

Thanks! The dog? No one knows what it is - someone called it a rat terrier but the owner says it isn't... we think it is a massive cross breed of tons of dogs!

CorgiCritter (author)JM19992015-03-07

OK, the rat terrier was the dog I thought it looked like most, but you are probobly right.

JM1999 (author)CorgiCritter2015-03-07

What is your dog? Is it a German Shepherd? It looks so cool :D

CorgiCritter (author)JM19992015-03-07

Cool? His head is longer then his legs for goodness sake!

Anyway, he is a corgi, but trust me, you are not the first to think he is a Shepard. A bit wild, but good enough. :D

I voted for you in all the contests this is entered in.

JM1999 (author)CorgiCritter2015-03-07

Right, I see - you have more photos of him on you profile -I was going by his head markings XD

Thanks a million for the support!

CorgiCritter (author)JM19992015-03-07


No problem, this is a clever and easy solution to a problem.

Grandma Beth (author)2016-08-18

I have been trying to finish this but I can't get it to "sit up" so the legs are the bed. Any suggestions?

JM1999 (author)Grandma Beth2016-08-20

I had to prop mine up against a wall or couch for it to "sit" up but you could try putting weights inside the knees of the jeans?

Grandma Beth (author)JM19992016-08-22

I had to prop mine up as well, even after I stitched the stomach to the upper leg. I'm still working on getting it sitting up because it's a great idea. I'll try the weight idea.

xxlauraxx (author)2015-08-16

Ha! This is such a cute idea.

Next iteration: make the lap warm up!

HernanM1 (author)2015-06-04

I find the solution to my dog!!

JM1999 (author)2015-04-18



Thanks sooooo much for all the support you awesome guys gave me to get this far :D

shazni (author)2015-03-17

It's a lovely idea!

cparsons6 (author)2015-03-14

Most likely the dog is a Fiest which is a breed of terrier

JM1999 (author)cparsons62015-03-14

He carries himself like a feist but he has a long tail though.

Maybe a feist cross terrier cross dog...

sport.ski1 (author)2015-03-12

I will be making this for my smaller neurotic yorkie, he misses me when I walk into the other room. He is blind also which doesn't help, sooo this would be a great soothing touch for him. Thanks for this great invention!! I mean if it works, So far the "expensive" beds haven't been any help, he prefers scrunching up the throw rugs to get comfortable.

JM1999 (author)sport.ski12015-03-12


I hope it works out for you and your dog :)

Make sure to use jeans that you have spent at least a full day in so it still carries your scent!

What a cute idea! It looks like he loves it and I bed it helps him feel much more comfortable when his mom is gone :)


It definitely has made a difference, he used to cry and cry for hours - now - nothing!

travelandeat (author)2015-03-10

I love this!! Job well done! I will have to make this when I get my own dog :)

JM1999 (author)travelandeat2015-03-10

Cool, you must post a photo when you do!

Awwwwww! :3

PaleHorseRider (author)2015-03-08

Didn't even know that this one was yours.

JM1999 (author)PaleHorseRider2015-03-08


Yes, I did both the No-Sew projects yesterday and planning on maybe to do one more :D

verbatin01 (author)2015-03-07

Fun, green, and creative! I'm sure you're neighbor and the dog are appreciative.

JM1999 (author)verbatin012015-03-07

Thankyou, yes, they both love the bed equally!

cdstudioNH (author)2015-03-07

This is hilarious! And sweet! Great job!!

JM1999 (author)cdstudioNH2015-03-07

Haha, thanks!

ChrysN (author)2015-03-07

This made me laugh, it is so clever!

JM1999 (author)ChrysN2015-03-07

Awesome, thanks!

ThisIsMyNameOK (author)2015-03-07

Very cute. I might make one of these as an Easter present for a dog I know. Thanks for the idea. =)

JM1999 (author)ThisIsMyNameOK2015-03-07

Thanks! It is cute indeed!

Please post a photo when you make yours :D

seamster (author)2015-03-07

Ha! Very clever and well done. Looks nice and comfy for a little pooch!

JM1999 (author)seamster2015-03-07

Thanks! Both the dogs love it but the white one likes it best :)

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