How To Make a No-Sew Holiday Dog Bed

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While you've got your materials handy for these hand printed fleece scarves, it will only take you about an hour to put together this well-deserved holiday gift for your hard working canine companion.  With two standard bed pillows and one yard of fleece, this no sew, custom cushion will let your dog know how much you care.  For cleaning, simply untie the fringe opening, wash or replace inexpensive bed pillows and tie it back up. What you need....

  • 1 yard of fleece
  • 2 standard bed pillows (2.99 each at a local superstore)
  • scissors
  • ruler, chalk
  • fabric paint, stencils and sponge brush

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Here's how simple this is:

1.  Fold fleece in half and cut off curled selvages

2.  Measure 4 " in from the cut edges and lightly mark

3.  Cut each cut edge into 1" x 4" fringe

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4.  Stencil your desired design or name on the corner with fabric paint.

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5. When paint is dry, turn fabric inside out and tie knots all around, leaving a 14" opening.

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6.  Turn right side out and fill with two bed pillows.

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7. Tie the remaining fringe pieces and tuck them inside the cover.

 There you have it. One hour! 

For an added treat, throw in a lavender sachet to ward off fleas and keep your pet's new lounger fresh smelling.

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Wilma Cullooyah on Jan 14, 2015:

Julie, what is the braid method?

Anonymous on Jan 10, 2015:

To get a "fringe edge", do not turn the fabric inside out before tying...cute!

Julie on Dec 14, 2014:

I just did this for my uncles dog! It is so easy, though I did it with the braid method! Great tutorial! =)

Anonymous on Nov 29, 2014:

My 11-year-old daughter and I made a dog bed this afternoon. We used 2 yards of felt and the bed is just big enough for our 75 lb dog.  Thanks for the idea!!

Melanie on Jul 14, 2013:

if you have an old crib mattress or know someone who will be upgrading their toddlers crib to a bed, tell them not to throw it the mattress out! you can use that for larger dogs or multiple smaller dogs to share. you can try this fleece cover with adjusted measurements or get a crib cover from goodwill. its not too soft or hard so your dog should be plenty comfortable. great way to recycle small mattress

Anonymous on May 06, 2013:

another thing to try for larger dogs::  buy a old patio loveseat or chaise lounge cushion (goodwills etc) and cover it like this!!

they usually have nice sturdy sides for good support.

j. sanders on Jan 30, 2013:

Here's another of your tutorials being sold:

listia dot com/auction/7994623-dog-bed-diy

Kati on Jan 07, 2013:

Can anyone give some advice on making a larger version? How much fabric/how many pillows etc. My pup will probably grow to be around 60 lb. I'm so excited to start!

Anonymous on Dec 13, 2012:

Love this idea.  I'm going to have my daughter make it for our "baby" for Christmas.  She's too small to jump up on some furniture so she'll appreciate having a cuddly place to be.

Anonymous on Nov 06, 2012:

I made mine in a circle with two 1/2yard pieces. Then stuffed it with the stuffing from an older bed pillow. (My kids say the dog has a softer pillow then them now).My 3lb. teacup Chihuahua jumped right into it...he luvs his nest. Have to make another for the car with straps to keep it on the leather seat.Total cost was just under $10. for the fleece on sale at Joanne's Fabric( they had paw print in red with black paws and the other color I got was black)

Wimz on Mar 31, 2012:

Wow my dogs would love this!! And well mannered dogs wouldn't tear this apart I'm sure!! Dogs know better when thay are shown better! My dogs would love this but I would have to make a tiny one for my chihuahua and 2 bigger ones for my Shepherds! Thx for the idea!



Anonymous on Mar 26, 2012:

If I know dogs, I feel like those tassels would be dug out and eaten in minutes!

Anonymous on Mar 13, 2012:

This is a great reuse of bed pillows you are replacing. Thanks for sharing this idea.

JoyceInAthens on Mar 13, 2012:

Thaks for sharing this awesome idea!!!

Anonymous on Mar 06, 2012:

I think this is a cool idea!

Anonymous on Jan 12, 2012:

This is awesome! Especially because I have no idea how to sew :) Thanks! 

Anonymous on Sep 24, 2011:

What size dog is this for?  What are the finished dimensions? What a great idea thank you for sharing.

dewonangus on Dec 17, 2008:

I wish I had a dog!  This is such a great idea.

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