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

Updated on June 25, 2019
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I made this pet bed for my own dog, and he adored it! I'm happy to share the instructions for this fun and easy DIY project.

With a little cutting, knot-tying and stuffing, you can have a pet bed ready in 30 minutes.
With a little cutting, knot-tying and stuffing, you can have a pet bed ready in 30 minutes. | 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 some fleece material, polyester stuffing, a ruler, a pair of sewing scissors and 30 minutes of your time. You can make one of these for your cat or dog in any size or design you choose. This project is so simple that even children can help out or make their own.

Create an Inexpensive Gift

These beds make great budget-friendly homemade gifts for pets and their owners. There are lots of cute dog- and cat-themed fleece materials available from sewing and craft shops or online at Amazon. Of course, you don't have to stick with just animal prints.

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

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 learn how to make your very own DIY pet bed in just 30 minutes.

Supply List

  • Fleece material
  • Polyester stuffing (or you can use old t-shirts or towels)
  • Scissors
  • Ruler

Cut the strips and remove the corners, and you'll end up with a fringed piece of fleece with cut-out corners.
Cut the strips and remove the corners, and you'll end up with a fringed piece of fleece with cut-out corners. | Source

Step-by-Step Instructions for Making a No-Sew Pet Bed

1. Measure the fleece.

First, you need to decide how big of a 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.

2. Align the fleece and start cutting the strips.

Place the two sheets of fleece material on top of one 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. Continue cutting strips until you reach the bottom right-hand corner.

3. Cut out the corners and finish cutting the strips.

Cut and remove three strips from each of the bottom corners. Rotate the fleece material and continue cutting 3-inch strips along the rest of the sides, cutting out the corners as you go. You should end up with a fringed border with the corners missing. It should look something like the picture above.

Knot most of the strips together carefully, then fill the bed with stuffing. Finish knotting the strips, and you're done!
Knot most of the strips together carefully, then fill the bed with stuffing. Finish knotting the strips, and you're done! | Source

4. Knot the strips together until only a 6-inch opening remains.

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. 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 elastic and can be stretched out of shape easily. If the knots are tied too loosely, they will leave gaping holes; 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.

5. Stuff the bed.

Grab some polyester fill and stuff it into the bed until it reaches the desired thickness. You may have to reach in and rearrange the stuffing with your hand to even it out and remove any bulky areas.

6. Finish knotting the strips.

When you are happy with the arrangement of the polyester stuffing, close up the bed by knotting together the rest of the strips.

7. Give the bed to your pet!

The only thing left to do is to introduce your furry friend to his or her brand-new, no-sew pet bed, made with heaps of love.

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My dog, Gizmo, snoozing on his no-sew pet bed.Sweet dreams!Gizmo loving his bed.Gizmo is a long-haired Chihuahua.
My dog, Gizmo, snoozing on his no-sew pet bed.
My dog, Gizmo, snoozing on his no-sew pet bed. | Source
Sweet dreams!
Sweet dreams! | Source
Gizmo loving his bed.
Gizmo loving his bed. | Source
Gizmo is a long-haired Chihuahua.
Gizmo is a long-haired Chihuahua. | Source

Can I Put This Bed in the Washer and Dryer?

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

No-Sew Pet Beds Make Great Charity Donations

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

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

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Gizmo posing on his bed.
Gizmo posing on his bed. | 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.

The No-Sew Pet Bed Is a Hit

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 lying (usually the couch) and settles onto his bed for a cozy and warm siesta.

Little Dog, Big Attitude

Gizmo 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. He very rarely barks, unless he is greeting visitors at the door or defending his hoard of treats. He loves meeting pint-sized puppies on our walks, but he 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. He 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.

Questions & Answers

    © 2013 Corrinna Johnson

    Thank you for stopping by, and I would love to hear what you think of this no-sew pet bed.

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      • Corrinna-Johnson profile imageAUTHOR

        Corrinna Johnson 

        5 years ago from BC, Canada

        Thank you! Happy Holidays :)

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        Corrinna Johnson 

        5 years ago from BC, Canada

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

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        marva clay 

        5 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 

        5 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 

        5 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 

        6 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 

        6 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 

        6 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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        6 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 

        6 years ago from Post Falls, Idaho, USA

        Nice idea and an adorable dog!

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        Ellen Gregory 

        6 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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        6 years ago

        I'll make for my kittens. =)

      • RedShoesGirl profile image


        6 years ago

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

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        6 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 

        6 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 

        6 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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        6 years ago

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

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        6 years ago

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

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        6 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 

        6 years ago from Michigan

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

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        6 years ago

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

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        6 years ago

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

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        6 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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        6 years ago

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

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        Darcie French 

        6 years ago from Abbotsford, BC

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

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        6 years ago

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

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        6 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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        6 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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        6 years ago

        Really brilliant!!

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        6 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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        6 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 

        6 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!


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