If your house is anything like mine, there’s a pet bed in almost every room. Nike’s got a bed in the family room, our bedroom, both my husband’s office and mine, and in the basement where we often watch movies and sports. Although I don’t have an issue with her sitting beside us on the people furniture, having her own space is nice because it gives everyone enough room to stretch out and get comfy.
There are so many amazing pet beds on the market today, and to be honest, you can spend just about anything you want on a bed for your dog or cat. We’re big fans of the bumper bed for dogs from dogIDs, and Nike also enjoys the AKC pet bed. She’s also perfectly happy fluffing up a blanket and nesting in it. That’s when I got the idea for the DIY no-sew pet bed.
This little project is perfect because I do not sew. Like, I can barely sew a button on a shirt. I love to do crafty things, but if they require a needle and thread, I’m usually not very interested. With this amazing little no-sew pet bed, there is literally no sewing. Just some cutting with scissors and some tying. Seriously, it’s that simple. You can create one of these beauties in under an hour. Take a look.
- One Pillow (the size you use on your bed is perfect)
- 3/4 yard of fleece for the top of the bed
- 3/4 yard of fleece for the bottom of the bed
- 1. Lay your 2 fleece pieces on top of each other on the floor.
- 2. Lay your pillow on top of the fleece.
- 3. Make sure you have about 5 inches around each edge of your pillow and cut out a large rectangle.
- 4. Cut out four, 4 inch by 4 inch squares, from each corner.
- 5. Cut 4 inch strips every 1 1/2 inches (this will look like fringe), do this around each edge.
- 6. Tie the strips in a double knot, along three of the four sides.
- 7. Once you get to the last side, insert your pillow (or whatever you're using for stuffing).
- 8. Finish tying your double knots along the last edge and you're done!
- - You can use two pillows if your dog is larger, or you could even use old shirts or towels.
- - The great thing about this bed is that the fleece can easily be untied on one edge, pillow removed, and the fleece can thrown in the wash!
A few tips and tricks:
- As shown above, you can really personalize your no-sew pet bed when you choose coordinating fabrics. I’ve chosen a printed fleece for the top of the bed, and a solid colored fleece for the bottom. There are so many options to choose from; see just a few of the different fleece colors and prints you can choose from here.
- When cutting the strips for the “fringe” on my bed, I prefer to use pinking shears rather than regular scissors. This is a personal choice, obviously, and using regular scissors is fine.
As you can see from Sampson’s face, the no-sew pet bed is a big hit. I’m betting your pets will love it, too!
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