Sew a Dog Bed

Dog Bed DIY :: Dandelion Drift

For as long as we have owned dogs (almost as long as we have been married) Josh has been saying, our poor dogs need a dog bed, want to sew one?  And for some reason I kept putting this project off.  I tend to do that with projects that need to be sewed (like curtains).

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Over the summer Emmie asked me if I’d like to sew with some of her new fabric line Geo Pop Canvas 2, and I have a couple projects to share with you.  First, here’s the prettiest little dog bed.  I used a tutorial by Brett Bara as the basis for this dog bed, but made a handful of changes.

Dog Bed DIY :: Dandelion Drift Dog Bed DIY :: Dandelion Drift

I love the idea of reusing things, so I had been saving our old pillows to use as stuffing for a project.  I based this dog bed off of pillow measurements so I could just stuff four old pillows in this thing!

Dog Bed DIY :: Dandelion Drift

Here’s a quick rundown of the materials I used and the dimensions to cut them.

  • Cut two pieces of fabric 32 inches by 20 inches
  • Cut two pieces of fabric 32 inches by 6 inches
  • Cut two pieces of fabric 20 inches by 6 inches
  • Cut a leather belt in half for the handle

The six inch tall pieces are your sides, the 32 x 20 is your top and bottom.  I added some blue trim when sewing it all together and stitched down half a leather belt as the handle!  I left a pretty large opening on one of the 20 inch sides and stuffed four pillows into the dog bed, giving it lots of cushion!  Last, I hand stitched the opening closed.

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Taking pictures was pretty funny.  Our dog, Fern, did not want to sit still or pose for photos.  The kids were a huge help and had so much fun trying to wrangle the dog into a picture!

Dog Bed DIY :: Dandelion Drift

 

  • http://www.clippedcurves.wordpress.com Emma Jayne

    What a fun dog bed! I love the quizzical expressions your dog is making in these photos, so much character in there!

    • Teresa

      Thanks Emma! Getting photos of her was hilarious!

  • Kristie

    Cute dog bed. I feel bad for my dog….but all I do is put a pillow in a pillow case and serge it shut.

    • Teresa

      That’s what we used to do also Kristie! I have one more dog and definitely need to make her a bed too! It has become this funny battle between the two dogs to see which one gets to the one bed first!

  • chrissy

    OMG! your dog is super gorgeous! Just want to hug him forever; and the bed is great too. good job! :)