How To Make A Dog Bed Cover

6 min read Jul 11, 2024
How To Make A Dog Bed Cover

How to Make a Dog Bed Cover: A Step-by-Step Guide

Tired of your dog's bed cover looking dingy and worn out? Don't throw it away! With a little sewing know-how and some fabric, you can easily create a fresh, new cover for your furry friend's favorite resting spot.

Here's a step-by-step guide to help you make a dog bed cover:

Materials You'll Need:

  • Fabric: Choose a durable, washable fabric like cotton, canvas, or microfiber. Consider your dog's size and whether they are prone to chewing or scratching.
  • Sewing machine and thread: Make sure the thread matches your chosen fabric.
  • Scissors: Sharp scissors are essential for clean cuts.
  • Measuring tape: For accurate measurements of your dog bed.
  • Pins: To hold the fabric pieces together before sewing.
  • Optional: A zipper, buttons, or Velcro for closure.

Instructions:

1. Measure Your Dog Bed:

  • Length: Measure the length of the bed, including the sides.
  • Width: Measure the width of the bed, including the sides.
  • Depth: Measure the depth (height) of the bed's sides.
  • Add seam allowance: Add 1-inch to each measurement for seam allowance.

2. Cut the Fabric:

  • Bed Top/Bottom: Cut two pieces of fabric that are the same size as your bed’s length and width plus the seam allowance.
  • Sides: Cut four pieces of fabric for the sides. Each piece should be the length of the bed plus the seam allowance and the height of the bed's side plus the seam allowance.

3. Sew the Sides:

  • Pin: Pin two of the side pieces right sides together along the length.
  • Sew: Sew along the pinned edge, leaving a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Repeat with the other two side pieces.

4. Attach the Sides to the Top/Bottom:

  • Pin: Pin a side piece to the top fabric piece right sides together, matching the raw edges.
  • Sew: Sew along the pinned edge, leaving a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Repeat for the other side pieces, attaching them to the remaining top fabric piece.
  • Turn: Turn the side pieces inside out, and press the seams flat.

5. Create the Bottom:

  • Pin: Pin the bottom fabric piece to the sides of the bed cover right sides together.
  • Sew: Sew along the pinned edges, leaving a 1/4 inch seam allowance.

6. Finish the Edges:

  • Overlock or zig-zag stitch: Use an overlock or zig-zag stitch to finish the raw edges of the fabric to prevent fraying. This step is optional but highly recommended.

7. Optional Closure:

  • Zipper: If you want a zipper closure, sew a zipper onto the side of the bed cover before attaching the bottom.
  • Buttons or Velcro: You can also use buttons or Velcro for a simpler closure.

8. Turn Right Side Out:

  • Carefully turn the entire dog bed cover right side out.

9. Enjoy!

Your brand new dog bed cover is ready to use! Simply place it on your dog's bed and let them enjoy their cozy new sleeping space.

Tips:

  • Pre-wash the fabric: Pre-washing your fabric will help prevent shrinkage after your cover is complete.
  • Consider your dog's needs: Choose a fabric that is soft and durable enough for your dog's size and behavior.
  • Add a personal touch: Use fabric with a fun pattern, add a label with your dog's name, or sew on some decorative elements to make the cover unique.

With a little creativity and effort, you can easily give your dog's bed a fresh, new look.