How to Sew a Pillow Dog Bed

Last week Kayla and I put our sewing skills to the test. Ruffles really wanted somewhere special to lay, so we pulled out some old fabric and learned how to sew a pillow dog bed.

How to Sew a Pillow Dog Bed

Kayla has been wanting to get a dog bed for the dogs for over a year now. Everytime I look at one of those things I cringe at the prices!





 Those prices are outrageous! So she and I put our heads together and found a way to make this huge pillow dog bed without it costing us one cent! We used what we already had on hand. It just took a little imagination on our part.

We decided to use this old blanket that had been laying around. No one was using it and it was just the right length to make a bed when folded over. We cut it down to the right size, took another old pillow that we had and used the stuffing from it to create this one of a kind dog bed!

Looks like someone else likes the doggy bed too!

Materials Needed

  • 1.5 yards of fabric of your choice
  • standard pillow
  • sewing machine
  • measuring tape
  • scissors

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 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. If your fabric is one-sided, make sure you make your stitches with the fabric inside out.

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. Then insert the pillow and finish off the opened side by sewing it shut with a nice clean row of stitches.
You can sew velcro to both sides if you want to be able to wash the bed.

Now your pet can have their very own pillow bed of their own.


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  1. Nancy says

    Very smart! We bought a big one at Wal-Mart for Mary Jane and the zipper broke on it almost immediately. I should have just saved that money and made one too!

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