Oct 18, 2014

Easy Fleece Dog Bed


With colder weather approaching, our pups may appreciate a snugglier bed. I made this one out of fleece and a bed pillow. I made it for my little Schnauzer, Lucy, but she declined to be photographed. Pictured is her (somewhat larger) cousin, Teddy, who was kind enough to be my model. They both loved it.

This bed sews up very quickly (it has an envelope back where you insert the pillow), and can be very economical. I got the fleece on sale and had a coupon, so one yard cost $3.26 (you could do even better with a remnant). You can make 2 beds out of one yard.


You'll need 60" wide fleece, matching thread, a standard size (U.S.) bed pillow (20" X 26"), and a sewing machine. The fleece I used did not have a one-way pattern. You will need more fabric if you have a one way pattern.

Most fleece doesn't really have a right side and a wrong side, but I'll mention it from time to time, just in case you're using something that does have "sides".



To do:

1. Cut two 21" x 17" rectangles, and one 21" X 27" rectangle. Set the 21 X 27 piece aside.

2.
Take the two 21 X 17 rectangles, and fold up one 21" edge 1/2" and pin. Do this to each of the two rectangles. 


This is what you have now:



Top: part of the 21 X 27 rectangle 
Bottom: the two 21 X 17 rectangles, with one each of the 21" edges pinned up 1/2"


3. Sew the turned up edges in place. 

4. Lay the 21 X 27 rectangle out, right side up. Layer a 21 X 17 rectangle on top (to the left), wrong side up, with the hemmed edge toward the middle, matching up outer edges:




5. Layer second 21 X 17 rectangle over to your right, wrong side up, hemmed edge toward the middle, matching up outer edges:


All three layers

6. Pin around all four outer sides. Sew around all four sides with a 1/2" seam allowance. Trim off the tip of each corner:




7. Turn right side out through the envelope opening and insert pillow. You're done! 


Finished pillow cover (back view)



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30 comments:

  1. This is so cute. You have talent.

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  2. I love the dog bed! Seems simple enough for someone like me who barely knows how to sew a button on a shirt:) FYI, that last picture of your fur baby? Priceless!

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  3. What a CUTE dog bed! Your model is just adorable! -Marci @ Stone Cottage Adventures

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  4. This is so cute - Teddy looks like he loves it!! Thanks for sharing such a great tutorial x

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  5. Love this and definitely would love to try this for our puppy!! :)

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  6. I just love that last picture! I should make some of these for the cats!

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  7. What a great idea, made pillows for my couch. Why not a dog pillow. Thanks for the idea. My Otis just might get a christmas themed pillow this year for the holiday. Thanks for sharing, Luanne

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  8. The pillow is adorable and so is the model! :)

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  9. Your dog bed is really cute, but it's nowhere near large enough for my dog. He's a big guy! His current bed is a large rectangular shaped foam slab with a zip off cover.

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  10. This is so cute! I know my little fur babies would love one of these! I'm stopping by from the Teach Me Tuesday party. I've made a couple of projects for my doggies that are on my blog..you should check them out sometime! This looks great! :)

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  11. Supe cute! I'd need some big pillows for my dogs! But I love the simplicity of this for them! Thanks for the tutorial and idea!

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  12. Love the bed, I agree the model is amazing. I have a Boston and they really are amazing dogs!

    Amanda@texmexcrafting.blogspot.com

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  13. We just got a Boston Terrier--looks like what your sweet baby is. So sweet.

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  14. This is such a cute bed ! You did a great job!
    ( and such cute fabric ) =)
    Pinned!

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  15. Awe, I <3 your fabric!!!1 Now I know what my pooch needs for Christmas:) Pinned

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  16. Darling! I love envelope pillows ~ so easy to wash!

    Thank you for sharing your post this week at Brag About It Link Party on VMG206. I'm featuring you at Next Weeks Brag About It Link Party, Monday at midnight!

    ~ Megin of VMG206

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  17. my three fur babies would love these

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  18. Hehe - what a cute Boston! I use fleece for my guinea pig. I love working with it and the scraps are so good for dusting! I hadn't thought to make a fleece dog bed, though. I'll have to remember that for when we have a dog again. Visiting from What to Do Weekends!

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  19. This is what I need to make my Jack Russell. Something that's easy to take off and wash! He thinks he needs more then 1 bed though, so this looks easy to whip up real quick. Following from Inspiration Spotlight!

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  20. Ah, this is awesome. So soft and cuddly.

    Thanks for linking up to Marvelous Monday on Smart Party Planning.

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  21. Sounds just like kids declining to be photographed. The perfect fabric for a dog bed, Joy!!!

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  22. Such a good idea! Great that it's easy to remove the insert to wash the fleece. I bet I could even make a larger one with 2 pillows for my 60lb lab, although she would probably curl herself into a ball to fit on this one!

    Thank you so much for sharing this tutorial with us at Merry Monday. I'll be featuring it at tonight's party, 8p CST. Make sure to stop by!

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  23. Awww...what a cutie pie doggie ;) Love the pillow too...great idea!!

    Thanks for linking up with us last week at Teach Me Tuesday. We very much appreciate having you. Hope to see you again this week. Starts Monday evening @ 8pm CST.

    Have a great week!!

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  24. We're featuring your craft at this week's Motivation Monday party! Thanks for linking up!

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  25. Super cute and perfect for the winter! Thank you for stopping by the Creative Spark Link Party last week. Hope you stop by again today to link up! HTTP://BIT.LY/1U6M892

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  26. I need to make a pillow for our fur baby too. He loves finding blankets to lay on, but then they get dog hair all over. A pillow is a must. :) Thanks for linking up at Show Me Saturday! Hope to see you there again this week.

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  27. It would be helpful to see a layout diagram for cutting the pieces out of the 1 yard of fleece.

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  28. Very nice idea Joy! Our dogs would love a pillow that cozy!

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