How to Make Your Own Dog Bed

By | JANUARY 15, 2009, 5:30 P.M. EST

How to Make Your Own Dog Bed

Do-it-yourself dog beds

I’ve been making catnip cat pads for years to sell at pet shows and boutiques. About a year ago, I was approached about making dog beds, and added them to my product line. They have turned out to be a bestseller at the pet events I attend.

The beds are easy to make and easy to care for. To make them, you need:

  • Fabric, preferably with a dog motif
  • Polyester fiberfill (6 oz. or 8 oz.)
  • Access to a sewing machine or ability to hand sew
  • Thread

The beds can be cut to any size you need. I’ve included a photo showing different sizes that I make with different fabrics. I like using snuggle flannel, especially for winter, or a cotton print. Make sure whatever fabric you use is machine washable and safe to put into the dryer.

How to Make Your Own Dog Bed

Dog-themed fabric

Fold the fabric so the right sides face each other – it will almost look inside out. Cut one layer of the fiberfill the size of the folded fabric. Then sew them together, attaching the fiberfill as you sew. I leave an opening about 10 to 12 inches long in the middle of one side. After sewing, turn the bed right-side out through the opening.  After you turn it, simply sew the opening closed.

In addition to selling the beds at pet events, I give them away to my best pet sitting clients. If you already have a dog bed, you can lay one of these on top of the regular bed. Then, when they get soiled or a little stinky, just throw them in the washer and dryer, and your doggie has a nice, fresh bed. Many of my clients put the beds right on the floor and their dogs love sleeping on them. The dogs seem to know that the beds are for them.

They can be sized to fit your dog’s crate or carrier. Dogs appreciate having a soft padded blanket to sleep on. I have clients that also use them in their cars. They just place them on the car seat or in their cargo area and are ready to go with their pooch.

Have fun making your special pet a new bed! If you feel really ambitious, sew a few to share with your dog-loving friends. Happy sewing!

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Jeri   Houston, TX

4/27/2009 1:36:41 AM

Excellent dog beds. I've been making 'human lap blankets and dog beds for friends adding a yellow rose and a thistle (I moved from Texas to Scotland). I can also include their own dog. All the proceed go to either Rabies Challenge fund or a Rat Terrier Rescue organization. It's a fun way for me to give back to the furkids I love.

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Anne   North Andover, MA

3/26/2009 4:20:44 AM

article is great. I did the same thing. My dog was in love with our bedspread when he came home for the first time that I took it and put some pillow that he slept on and put those inside and sewed the whole thing together. He will not sleep on anything else. Also when we take him for a ride in the truck he has to have it in the back set to lay on.

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sheree   lexington, NC

3/5/2009 5:47:39 PM

the only problem i have is the dogs keeping tring to eat the inside of the bed how can i stop her

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karen   albany, GA

3/4/2009 12:39:23 PM

Hi I think the dogbeds are cute and look easy to make Iam going to try my luck on them because I have 7 dogs and thay enjoy a new bed now and then. plus some of my dogs had bad knees hips etc.

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