Looking for a stylish and practical place for your furry friend to rest their head? This quick and easy tutorial gives you all the tools you need to sew two pet bed sizes- small and large!
You can use any fabric for your pet bed, but we recommend a durable fabric like outdoor fabric, canvas, duck or super durable Crypton fabric. Crypton fabric has performance technology built into every fiber! Spills bead up and are easily wiped away, and odor resistance helps keep fabric fresh. Perfect for pups that aren’t good at keeping themselves clean!
Let's get started!
- 1 yard 54” wide fabric for small bed
- 2 yards 54” wide fabric for large bed
- Pet Bed Insert
- Invisible Zipper – 20”
- Invisible Zipper Foot
- Heavy duty/upholstery thread
*NOTE: The dimensions for the large bed will be in parentheses next to the small bed dimensions throughout. Use a ½” seam allowance unless noted otherwise.
Cut two rectangles out of your pet bed fabric 21” x 31” (28” x 37”)
Insert your favorite zipper with your favorite method if you want it to be removable. If not, skip this step.
We used an invisible zipper and zipper foot to create our invisible zipper. Remember to iron your zipper teeth out so you can get your needle as close to them as possible while sewing.
Place your zipper tape, teeth side in and sew with your invisible zipper foot 3” (4.5”) from each edge, careful not to twist and locking your stitches when you start and stop!
Test your zipper to make sure it closes and opens. Trim excess and sew over the zipper on the ends to make sure you don’t lose that zipper head. Open the zipper part way.
Sew around the rest of your rectangle, right sides together. You now have basically a pillowcase. What we do next will turn it into a dog bed.
Once you know how to sew boxed corners, you will be able to sew cushions, bags, and more with ease! It’s a little tricky at first, but watch the video to check it out!
You basically take the seam and manipulate it/fold it so that the corner is now facing a different way from the rest of the fabric. Use both hands to pinch and pull apart the corner. The fabric will begin to make a corner with the seam lines running down the middle of the front and back instead of on either side. Make sure those seams on the front and back line up!
Mark a line across your new corner 3.5” (6”) down and 5” (9”) across. Sew along that longer line (5/9”).
Trim the corner on the other side of the line to about ½”.
Turn your pet bed right side out – this is where it was important to open your zipper – and stuff with your pet bed insert.
Add your furry friend, and you’re all set!