Last year we posted about turning an old sweater into a pet bed, and while I still love that project, it isn’t really useful for people who have larger pets (like a medium or large-sized dog.) Even using the largest sweater you can find, you’d still end up with a pet bed that could only accommodate a small dog or cat. So while my daughter Britta’s cat, Katara, got a comfy new sweater bed, my daughter-in-law Kaitlyn’s boxer, Milo, was sadly neglected.
But not anymore! :-) We recently came across an equally simple method for making pet beds, except this one could be adapted to fit any size of pet. And this project requires absolutely no sewing, which I know is a major bonus for some people.
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Here’s how to make your own!
DIY No-Sew Pet Bed
- Anti-pill fleece fabric
- Rotary cutter and cutting mat (or a sharp pair of scissors)
- Polyester fiber fill material
Start by determining how much fleece you’ll need. Here are some general recommendations based on pet size:
- 2 yards for a small bed
- 2 1/2 yards for a medium bed
- 3 yards for a large bed
Even if you want a more precisely-sized bed, just take some ballpark measurements, no need to be exact here. Just look at your pet when they’re laying in their favorite comfy position, take a general square-shaped measurement of how much space they’re taking up, then add about 6 inches to each side.
Cut your fleece into two pieces of the same size, according to whatever measurements you’re using. We used my grandpuppy Milo to make our pet bed, so we used the 2 1/2 yards of fabric recommended for a medium-sized bed.
Once you have your pieces of fleece cut out, lay one on top of the other, so you can cut through both pieces at the same time. Using your rotary cutter (or a sharp pair of scissors,) cut a 3″ x 3″ square out of each corner of your fabric.
Then make 3″ long cuts along the edges of the fleece, making strips about 1″ wide. Work your way around the edges until you come back to where you started.
Next, take a pair of the fleece strips and tie them into a double knot (or square knot). Tie off your fleece strips along 3 of the sides of the pet bed. Then tie off strips along the final side, stopping about halfway.
Stuff your fill material through the opening until it reaches your desired fullness, then tie off the remaining fleece strips to close up the bed.
This project took a matter of minutes to complete, and as you can see, Milo took to his new bed immediately. So whether you’re making a pet bed out of an old sweater or a couple of pieces of fleece, your pet will be sitting pretty, and your wallet will be happy too! ;-)