DIY Gift: How to Make a No-Sew Pet Bed

Updated on June 23, 2017
How To Make A No-Sew Pet Bed For Dogs
How To Make A No-Sew Pet Bed For Dogs | Source

Fast and Easy DIY Pet Bed for Dogs and Cats

I am going to teach you how to make a no-sew pet bed for your furry companion using only fleece material, some polyester stuffing, a ruler, a pair of sewing scissors and half an hour of your time. You can make one of these for your cat or dog in any size or design you choose. There are lots of cute dog and cat fleece materials available from sewing and craft shops or online at Amazon. Of course, you don't have to stick with just animal prints.

I was lucky enough to pick up two small puppy fleece blankets (the perfect size for my 6-pound pooch) at the dollar store for a buck a piece, and I had a bag of polyester filling hiding in the corner of my closet for a total cost of $2.24.

These make great budget-friendly homemade gifts for pets and their owners that are so simple to make, even children can help out or make their own. Follow along with my step-by-step instructions and photo demonstrations as I make a no-sew pet bed for Gizmo, my long-haired Chihuahua dog, and you can learn how to make your very own DIY pet bed in just 30 minutes for your cat or dog.

Supplies You Will Need

  • Fleece material
  • Polyester stuffing, old t-shirts or towels
  • Scissors
  • Ruler

Step-By-Step Instructions For Making A No-Sew Pet Bed

  • The first thing you need to do is decide how big of a no-sew pet bed you would like to make. It can be any size you wish. You will need to measure two pieces of fleece, one for the top and one for the bottom. When measuring, add an extra 3 inches to each side for the border. For example, for a 20 X 20 inch bed, we would need to cut the material to a 26 X 26 inch size.
  • Place the two sheets of fleece material on top of on another, lining the edges up evenly. Beginning at the bottom left hand corner, start cutting 3 inch strips about 1 1/2 inches apart through both sheets of material until you reach the bottom right hand corner.
  • Cut and remove three strips from each of the bottom corners. Rotate the fleece material and continue cutting 3" strips along the rest of the side, cutting out the corners as you go. You should end up with a fringed border with the corners missing looking something like the picture below.

How To Make A No-Sew Pet Bed
How To Make A No-Sew Pet Bed | Source
  • Now it is time to assemble the no-sew pet bed and we are going to do that by knotting the pre-cut strips together. Again, start at the bottom right hand corner and grab the top and bottom piece of a cut strip and very gently, tie a double knot.
  • This part takes some care, as fleece is very elasticy and can be stretched out of shape easily. If the knots are tied too loosely, it will leave gaping holes and if the knots are tied too tightly, they will bunch.
  • Continue knotting the strips on all four sides, taking care not to leave any gaps, until you are left with a 6 inch opening.
  • Grab some polyester fill and stuff the insides until it is the desired thickness you choose. You may have to reach in and re-arrange the stuffing with your hand to even it out and remove any bulky areas.
  • When you are happy with the arrangement of the polyester stuffing, close up the bed by finishing knotting the rest of the strips.
  • The only thing left to do is introduce your furry friend to his brand-new, made with heaps of love, no-sew pet bed.

DIY Pet Bed Instructions
DIY Pet Bed Instructions | Source
  • Gizmo LOVES his blue no-sew fleece pet bed and he will often 'bury' his bones in the soft plush folds of the cushion while he has a nice and dreamy snooze.
  • We keep his bed by the living room heater and as soon as he hears the click of the heater turning on, he gets up from wherever he is laying (usually the couch) and settles onto his bed for a cozy and warm siesta.

DIY No-Sew Pet Bed For Dogs And Cats
DIY No-Sew Pet Bed For Dogs And Cats | Source

Toss The No-Sew Pet Bed Into The Washer And Dryer

The first time I wanted to wash Gizmo's pet bed, I was a bit wary about putting it into the washer. I considered removing the stuffing beforehand, but decided to go ahead and put my workmanship to test. The bed remained intact, while keeping it's shape and puffiness after being run through both the washer and dryer. I have washed his bed over a dozen times and it still looks like new.

No-Sew Pet Beds Make Great Charity Gifts For Animal Shelters

This is a great project for families, club organizations like the Girl Guides and Scouts, schools and youth groups to make and donate the beds to an animal shelter or veterinarian clinic.

To make this project even more inexpensive, the beds can be stuffed with old t-shirts from your drawers or the thrift shop.

Sweet Dreams - Gizmo Loving His New No-Sew Pet Bed

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Gizmo Loving His New No-Sew Pet Bed Gizmo Snoozing On His New DIY Dog BedDIY No-Sew Dog Bed
Gizmo Loving His New No-Sew Pet Bed
Gizmo Loving His New No-Sew Pet Bed | Source
Gizmo Snoozing On His New DIY Dog Bed
Gizmo Snoozing On His New DIY Dog Bed | Source
DIY No-Sew Dog Bed
DIY No-Sew Dog Bed | Source
Long-Haired Chihuahua, Gizmo
Long-Haired Chihuahua, Gizmo | Source

Meet Gizmo - My Long-Haired Chihuahua

Gizmo is a long-haired Chihuahua who was born on July 17, 2009. We welcomed him to his forever home when he was eight weeks old and he has been an amazing dog and member of our family ever since.

He weighs only six pounds, but you would never know it with his BIG attitude. He likes to think he is the boss of our house, and truth be told, he is most of the time. He hides his bones and treats all over the house and then spends the better part of the day defending them. If you happen to walk by one of his hidden bones, he will bark at you, nip at your feet and then run back to reclaim his post. I find this very humorous and I will often just wiggle my toes to get a rise out of him for my own amusement.

For a chihuahua, he is amazingly quiet and calm with no anxieties and very rarely will he bark unless he is greeting visitors at the door or defending his hoard of treats. He loves meeting pint-sized puppies on our walks, but turns into a tiny furball of terror when we meet a much larger dog.

He is a very friendly towards people and absolutely adores children and loves all the attention and belly rubs he gets from the endless parade of kids through our house. If the kids are not paying him enough attention, he will use one of his paws to pull their hands toward him, reminding them to keep rubbing his belly.

Update: It is with sadness and a heavy heart that I announce that my little Gizmo passed away on November 27, 2013 at the young age of four years old. He developed a few bladder stones and he was just not strong enough to recover from the surgery.

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© 2013 Corrinna Johnson

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      Corrinna Johnson 3 years ago from BC, Canada

      Thank you! Happy Holidays :)

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      Corrinna Johnson 3 years ago from BC, Canada

      Thank you @favored! These make wonderful gifts for pet owners :)

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      marva clay 3 years ago

      I make these scarves this time of year to Give to the homless and less fortunate on Christmas I'm home all day I make a few each day until the 23rd of Dec. you cqan join in if you like you can find me on facebook very simple project no sewing required I got a pet cat so i'm gonna try the pet bed also cause i do the blankets also love it a great past time HAPPY HOLIDAYS

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      What a great idea. I can even do this :) My sisters have small dogs and this would be perfect for them. Pinning it to my pet board. Gizmo is beautiful!

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      Dawn Romine 3 years ago from Nebraska

      So need to make these for my dogs!! Another great idea!! I need to get away from here and go to PINTEREST! Where it's safe LOL

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      Shinichi Mine 4 years ago from Tokyo, Japan

      That is awesome! I'm going to make one for my doggie this weekend. Ingenious!

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      Laura Hofman 4 years ago from Naperville, IL

      I would like to make one of these! Great gift idea as well. Love your darling photos of 'lil Gizmo!

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      Erin Mellor 4 years ago from Europe

      My cousin has a new rescue dog who ripped up and ate her bed the first time she was left alone. Maybe if she saw the bed being made for her, she'd feel more comforted. I'll suggest it, thanks.

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      DebMartin 4 years ago

      I love no-sew projects. This one is perfect for a pet. Especially an older dog who needs extra stuffing. I had trouble finding something full and soft enough for my older guy who developed joint and hip issues. These would make great projects for a class that wanted to contribute to their local humane society.

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      Linda Jo Martin 4 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

      Nice idea and an adorable dog!

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      Ellen Gregory 4 years ago from Connecticut, USA

      What a lucky little dog you have -- so cute. Great idea for people with no sewing skills.

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      AllenLim 4 years ago

      I'll make for my kittens. =)

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      RedShoesGirl 4 years ago

      Awesome idea for a pet bed. Your Gizmo resembles a little to my Bella :) He is so cute.

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      Bexley 4 years ago

      My daughter made me a fleece blanket using this method. They are so soft and cuddly. Your little Gizmo looks like he really enjoys his new pet bed. Thanks for sharing!

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      'Vikk Simmons 4 years ago from Houston

      Very cool. I want to make a huge one for my Great Pyrenees. I am amazed that they make it through the was/dry cycles.

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      Diane Cass 4 years ago from New York

      This is brilliant! I've got to make one of these for my cats. My son just made a cat tower and we need some cushions for it. Thanks for this wonderful idea.

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      hovirag 4 years ago

      this is fantastic for dog or cat owners! so easy to do and have it cleaned!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      What a terrific idea especially for the people that cannot sew. And for us lazy crafters.

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      MaggiePowell 4 years ago

      What a coincidence! My daughter and I used this technique to make a soccer blanket today! Great idea to stuff it for a pet bed

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      Tracey Boyer 4 years ago from Michigan

      This is really cute, and easy to make. Thanks for sharing.

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      Aunt-Mollie 4 years ago

      I love the "no-sew" idea. This is a great craft project for children!

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      timetoact 4 years ago

      I think our two cats would enjoy one of these. Thanks!

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      That's so cute! I never thought about doing a no-sew pet bed. Great idea! Lovely dog. It definitely changes my view of a chihuahua, in looks and character!

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      Stuwaha 4 years ago

      Great instructions and fabulous pictures! The washing and drying tip is also a really nice touch :)

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      Darcie French 4 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

      What a great idea! Even I could make one of these adorable pet beds :D

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      SimplyHolly 4 years ago

      Great Idea! I am definitely going to make this one for my dog!

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      anitabreeze 4 years ago

      So cute, I'll have to do this as well. I also have a long haired chi, her name is Pippi!

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      Frischy 4 years ago from Kentucky, USA

      Aw! Gizmo is so cute!! I love your no-sew beds! Sharing on facebook. It would be a great charity craft to make for pet rescues and shelters.

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      ismeedee 4 years ago

      Really brilliant!!

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      gottaloveit2 4 years ago

      What a great idea! Really something to be proud of! And, let me tell you, I think your Gizmo beats my Gizmo (although my Gizmo is cute, your's is WAY cute). Great lens. Blessed!

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      ChristyZ 4 years ago

      What a fantastic idea, I had to pin this one because I'm going to try it out one day. Perfect for cats too! Terrific lens and Gizmo is super adorable!

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      Nancy Carol Brown Hardin 4 years ago from Las Vegas, NV

      Oh this is marvelous! What a great way to make a pet bed! I also love the photos, as you show exactly what to do and how it should look. But of course, the star of the page is Gizmo himself....such a cutie pie, and I'm sure he's brought love to your entire family. Beautiful page!