I am a lifelong animal lover and have a Bachelors of Science degree in biology.
My dog Kitsune loves to follow me around the house. He never likes to be in a room alone if he can help it. But this sometimes presents him with a dilemma, because he likes being comfortable almost as much as he likes being with me. Laying down on the cold kitchen floor? Psh—not for this pampered pooch! I spend a lot of time cooking and hanging out in the kitchen, which didn't make Kitsune too happy since the comfort level of the kitchen floor is far below his spoiled standards.
Good dog beds can be hard to find, and expensive, so I decided to attempt to make a snuggle sack bed out of an old comforter. It's not the most amazing or nice-looking dog bed in the world, but Kitsune seems to approve and I found a good new use for a comforter that I would have gotten rid of otherwise. If you're looking for a way to make a cheap, DIY dog bed but don't have the most amazing sewing skills, or you're looking for a good way to reuse that old comforter, this project might be for you!
How to Make a DIY Dog Bed
- An old comforter
- Strong thread or fishing line
- A needle
Step 1: Prep Your Comforter for Sewing
- Lay your comforter out flat on the floor, with the side you want facing up towards the floor.
- Take one edge of your comforter and fold it up about two-thirds of the way, leaving a space on the opposite side. The folded section will turn into the blanket/snuggle section of the bed.
- Roll up the two sides of the blanket, making bumpers/pillows on either side. How small or how large you keep the middle of the bed is up to you and should be based on the size of your dog.
Step 2: Sew the Bumpers
By hand—or with a sewing machine if you think your machine can handle it–sew up the sides of the bed, securing the bumpers you just created.
Step 3: Create the Sack and Pillow and Sew Into Place
- Now roll up the front of the bed, over where your blanket starts. Make sure to leave a space between where the blanket ends and the pillow starts, so your dog can wiggle his way under the blanket.
- Sew the top pillow in place.
Step 4: Adjust Bed for Size
If you'd like, you can roll up the bottom of the bed to make the bed smaller and create a bumper that goes all the way around the outside of the bed. I did this on my bed because Kitsune likes to lay his head on the bumpers, and I wanted to make my bed a bit smaller than it was.
Step 5: Present Your Dog With His New Bed!
All that's left now is to introduce the bed to your dog! Some dogs will like to lay on top of the bed, using the bumpers as pillows. Others may enjoy curling up underneath the blanket.
One of the great things about this bed is that because you don't have to make any cuts to the comforter, it's relatively easy to take the bed apart if you decide you want to do something else with the comforter or if your dog doesn't like the bed. All you have to do to restore the comforter is to cut through the threads or fishing line that you used to sew it together.
I don't think my snuggle sack turned out to be the best-looking dog bed, but the comforter I used was old and lumpy to start with. Kitsune seems to enjoy his new kitchen bed, which is what matters most. If anyone decides to try to make a similar bed for their dog, I'd love to hear in the comment section how it went and if your dog likes it!
© 2012 Dragonrain
Jackie on January 20, 2020:
I did something like this, I took my old King sized comforter and folded it into 6 layers (folded it in half, then 3x up the length). I took a large needle and heavy thread and sewed the edges of the layers together. This makes a giant pillow. Then I took some random fabric and made a large pillow case (easily removable for washing). This made a 50x30 inch bed for my large german shepherd. She loves it! It was a great way to upcycle my old comforter!
Keri on November 14, 2019:
This was such a great idea! My Chi-mix is loving it. I added a thick towel tucked in the bottom for a little more coziness
AngelaTC on March 16, 2013:
Making this today. I know my dogs won't slip into the pouch, but I can easily put an old cushion in there, which I can pull out to wash separately.
moonlake from America on March 13, 2012:
This sounds like a good idea. My dogs would lay on top but my cats would go underneath. Enjoyed your snuggle sack hub. Love your dog.