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Frugal Pet Tip: No Sew Pet Bed

Catherine McDiarmid-Watt | Friday, March 18, 2016 | 6 comments
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McCall's Patterns M5410 Pet Beds, All Sizes - includes patterns and instructions for no-sew pet beds in three sizesMy DogVacay dog guests have several beds around the house, Denny uses both beds in the living room and the one in the bedroom.

Dexter would prefer to lay on a person - if he isn't laying on his bed on my computer desk (He is a little dog, a bichon).

You can make this no-sew pet bed!

This pet bed looks pretty simple to make and needs no sewing at all! Probably much cheaper than buying one, and you can wash it!

Making a fleece pet bed yourself allows you to fully customize the pet bed, and choose the cover, filling and style that suits you, and your dog or cat, best!

Image: Making Ties by Selbe B, on Flickr
Plus, it makes a comfortable, water-repellent bed for your dog or cat, of any size.

Photo credit: Making Ties, by Selbe B, on Flickr
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You could buy the McCalls pattern, but it looks like all they did was:

1. Cut out a couple of ovals from anti-pill polyester fleece (Solid Dogs Anti-pill Fleece or Cats Allover Anti-Pill Fleece by Wild Wings or Petmate Polar Fleece Pet Blanket), about 4-6 inches larger than the size you need. (Anti-Pill is a treatment applied to garments primarily to resist the formation of little balls on the fabric's surface due to abrasion during wear.)

Image: Tying Baby Blankets by WVUMC, on Flickr2. Cut 4 or 6-inch long strips into the fleece all around the oval, about 1-inch wide.
3. Tie together one strip of fleece on one oval to a strip of fleece on the second oval - using an over-hand knot. Some prefer to double-knot.
4. Repeat all around the oval, leaving a space open to stuff.
5. Stuff with Polyester Fiberfill (Fairfield Poly-Fil Premium Polyester Fiber), wool, cotton or even cedar shavings.
6. Tie remaining fleece strips.

Photo credit: Tying Baby Blankets, byWVUMC, on Flickr
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Image: McCall's Patterns M5410 Pet Beds, All Sizes - includes patterns and instructions for no-sew pet beds in three sizes
Yardage needed for each pet bed size:
Small: 26-inch diameter - 1 1/2 yards (1.40m) 60" wide (150 cm)
Medium: 36-inch diameter - 2 1/4 yards (2.10m) 60" wide (150 cm)
Large: 46-inch diameter - 2 /3/4 yards (2.55m) 60" wide (150 cm)

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  1. Hi!

    I love your tutorial; it's clear and easy to understand. I'm concerned about the dog chewing on material (anti-pill polyester fleece) used to make the bed. Can you recommend anything that I could use to discourage that? Thank You

  2. Amy White says:

    do you think you could throw the whole thing in the washer or do you need to make a cover separate to wash?

  3. Personally, I would put the stuffing in an old pillowcase and sew it shut. Then stuff the fleece pillow with that. Then you could remove the fleece part and wash it separately. But if your washing machine is big enough you could throw the smaller ones in to be washed.

  4. Sorry Knotty, I can't think of anything that would discourage chewing, unless you used some of those bitter products, but then the dog might not want to use the bed at all.

  5. Anonymous says:

    I love this idea, but because I don't have a pet I think I'm going to make one for my toddler, some place for him to take a nap if we're over visiting or just a comfy little place for him to sit and play. They look so fun if I could I'd make one big enough for myself lol!

  6. Anonymous says:

    If you make this as a cover so it can be washed, how do you get it off? Do you have to untie the ends until the opening is big enough to get the pillow out?

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