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How to Make a Pet Bed

How to Make a Pet Bed


  • Measuring tape
  • Scissors
  • Paper grocery bag (for pattern)
  • 1-2 Towels*
  • Durable canvas (for bottom)
  • Polyfill (about 20 ounces)
  • Sewing materials

*Materials such as cotton fabric, fleece or flannel can be used and are machine washable, which will make cleaning easier.

PART 1: CUT PATTERN Bottom Panel

Determine the size of bottom panel. Measure your dog or cat to get a rough idea of size. Adding the filling will cause the bottom panel to shrink by at least two inches so make bottom panel slightly larger to accommodate filling and pet.

Make pattern by cutting out a square shape from the grocery bag based on the measurement you took for the bottom panel. Then cut rounded corners into the square shape. For large dogs, you will need to use thick paper of larger size to achieve the right size for your pet bed.

Cut two pieces for the bottom panel, one from a towel and one from canvas.

Tube (or Walls of the Bed)

Measure the length around the bottom panel to figure out the length of the tube you will need for the bed wall.

Figure out how to cut the length of the tube by measuring your towel by length and width and then determine the best yield. Sew together pieces to create the length. The height of the bed is based on half the width of the towel since it’ll be folded in half and stuffed, which will be the tube.


Stack the layers by placing the panel made from the towel on top, the panel made from the canvas in the middle and the edge of the tube on the bottom. Sew these pieces together, but leave two open spaces on opposite sides. These open spaces will allow you to add stuffing for between the two bottom panels and for the tube.


Stuff the bottom part first by placing the polyfill between the two bottom panels in the open spaces. Then stuff the tube by placing the polyfill between the tube and outside panel in the open spaces.

Sew the open spaces. Once everything is sewn up, you will see the bed as inside out. Push in the towel side of the bottom panel to flip the bed rightside out.

Place your pet in the bed and you’re done!

*Courtesy of Lori Marie at http://prettylittlethings.typepad.com/lorimarie/. You can find her original tutorial, complete with pictures, at http://prettylittlethings.typepad.com/lori_marie/2007/08/doggie-or-kitty.html.