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DIY: No-Sew Pet Bed

November 8th, 2013 |
Copy: Sarah Dickerson
Photography: Sarah Dickerson | Chic Sprinkles
Styling: Sarah Dickerson

I almost titled this post, DIY No-Sew Dog Bed, but after a friend of mine shared this hilarious video the other day of cats stealing dog beds, I realized I had a much wider audience. Thieving cats and bedless dogs, rejoice!

Really though, I know I get excited about our DIY projects, but this one has to be one of my ultimate favorites. I’m so in love with this easy to make pet bed that I made one for our living room, a second one that is long and skinny to fit across the backseat of our car, and I’m currently hunting down fabric for the third to go in our office. What is great about this DIY is it’s practical, you don’t have to know how to sew, it’s inexpensive to make, and it’s completely customizable. You can really create any size you want and pick the fabric, which I love. I made one of the beds reversible by using different fabrics for both the top and bottom. You can get so creative with the colors and patterns, it has seriously turned into my new favorite hobby.

Also, don’t let the wordier list of directions scare you. Condensed down its cut, fuse, flip, stuff, fuse  – really easy!

Materials

1. Home Decor Fabric
2. Heavy Duty Fusing Tape for Heavy Fabrics (I used this, it was amazing.)
3. Fabric Scissors
4. Iron & Ironing Board
5. Damp Cloth
6. Pillow Batting

Handy Prepping Tips

  • Before purchasing your fabric, use both a tape measure and your fluffy dog (or cat) assistant to help determine what size bed works best. For example, I wanted to make sure Coco could stretch her front and back legs out and still fit on the bed comfortably, so I had her lay down fully stretched and measured around her. Once you have the measurements, jet off to find some gorgeous fabric at your local craft store.
  • Gather all of your materials together making sure you have plenty of working space to lay out your fabric (especially if your pet is on the larger side!). When you begin ironing, make sure your dog is in a safe distance away from the hot iron. We don’t want any burn victims, so you be careful too!
  • Use your measurements from earlier to cut your fabric so that you have two pieces (the top and the bottom) that are the same size.

Tutorial

1. Take your two pieces of fabric and lay them out, one top of the another. We are starting with the bed inside out, so we want the bottom piece of fabric with pattern facing up, and the top piece with the pattern facing down.

2. Pick which side you want to bond first, and cut a piece of fusing tape the same length as that side. Place the tape at the edge between the two fabrics. If you have really heavy fabric feel free to double layer the tape for extra hold. Follow the directions on how to iron your brand of fusing tape. Most require a damp cloth between the iron and the fabric. Once you have the first side fused, let it set for a few minutes until it has cooled.

3. Repeat step 2 for two more sides leaving one remaining side open.

4. With three sides fused and one still open, flip your bed so that it is right-side out and the pattern is now showing. It should look like a pillow sham at this point. If your corners are inverted, stick your arms inside the bed and push them out. Next, grab your pillow batting and  stuff the bed until it is at the desired consistency and cushion.

5. The final step is to fuse your remaining side. For this side you want to fold the top and bottom fabric inwards about an inch, place your tape between both fabrics and follow the fusing tape instructions.

 

AUTHOR: Sarah is a designer, photographer, health & animal advocate, wife, and devoted mom (i.e. humble servant) to her loving Shih Tzu, Coco Bean. To see more of her work, visit her website and blog, Chic Sprinkles.

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