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

Step 1: Measure Your Pillow to Determine How Much Fabric You Will Need

After you iron the fabric, lay it out and place the pillow on top. In order to save yourself from having to sew one of the sides, fold the fabric over one of the long sides of the pillow. From that point, measure around the other three sides adding 2.5 inches to each side.

Step 2: 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. 

Step 4: Sew the Edges Together

With matching thread, sew the long side and one of the short sides. Then remove the pins. 

(Note: If your fabric is one-sided, make sure you make your stitches with the fabric inside out. I know this is common sense, but I'm pretty sure I have sewn something on the wrong side before, so I figure it never hurts to mention it.)

Step 5: Hem the Remaining Unfinished Side

Turn the edge of the unfinished cloth up and over to form a 2.5 inch hem, which you should then sew. (Note: You may want a wider hem depending on how tightly you want the fabric to cover the pillow.)

Then insert the pillow and finish off the opened side by sewing it shut with a nice clean row of stitches. 

(Note: Another option in case you want to be able to wash your dog bed is to sew in a zipper or sew velcro to both sides.) 

Step 6: That's It! in 10 Short Minutes, Your Dog Will Be Able to Kick Back on His/her New Bed and Look Good Doin' It.�

Because I'm obsessed with my doggers, here are some more pics. Enjoy!



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    10 Discussions


    2 years ago

    I have two large dogs and looked around the house for old pillows that would fit. The only thing I could find was a feather top pillow that doesn’t fit any of the beds in our house so is tucked away. Any ideas for how to split that into two (the dogs won’t sleep on the same bed) without the feathers flying everywhere?

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    5 years ago on Step 6

    :-) love your dogs! Good idea, but would need like 10 pillows for my two giants :-)


    8 years ago on Introduction

    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.

    4 replies

    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    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


    Reply 8 years ago on Introduction

    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. :)