How To Make A Dog Bed With Sides

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

How to Make a Dog Bed with Sides: A DIY Guide

Want to give your furry friend the ultimate sleeping experience? A dog bed with sides can provide a cozy and secure space for your pup to rest, especially if they love to burrow or feel anxious. Plus, it can be a great way to add a touch of personality to your home decor. Making one yourself is easier than you think!

Here's what you'll need:

  • Fabric: Choose a durable and washable fabric that is comfortable for your dog. Fleece, cotton, and canvas are great options.
  • Filling: You can use a variety of materials, like foam, polyester fiberfill, or even old blankets and towels.
  • Sewing machine and thread: Or you can hand stitch if you prefer!
  • Scissors: To cut your fabric and filling.
  • Measuring tape: To ensure accurate measurements.
  • Safety pins: To hold the fabric together while sewing.
  • Zipper: Optional, but highly recommended for easy access to the filling.

Step-by-step guide:

1. Design & Measure:

  • Decide on the shape and size: Square, rectangle, or even round, the choice is yours! Make sure the bed is large enough for your dog to stretch out comfortably.
  • Measure your dog: This will help determine the perfect size for the bed.
  • Draw a pattern: You can use graph paper or simply draw your design directly onto the fabric. Don't forget to add seam allowances (about 1/2 inch) to all sides.

2. Cut the Fabric:

  • Cut out the main pieces: You'll need two identical pieces for the base of the bed and two pieces for the sides. The side pieces should be longer than the base pieces.
  • Cut the zipper (optional): If you're using a zipper, measure and cut it to the desired length of one side of the bed.

3. Prepare the Sides:

  • Fold over the top edge of the side pieces: By about 1/2 inch and press with an iron. Fold again by another 1/2 inch and press again. This will create a clean finish for the top edge of the sides.
  • Pin the zipper (optional): If using a zipper, position it along the top edge of one side piece, right side facing up. Pin in place.
  • Sew the zipper (optional): Using your sewing machine, sew the zipper in place along the top edge of the side piece.

4. Attach the Sides to the Base:

  • Right sides together: Place one side piece right side facing up. Place one base piece on top of the side piece, right sides facing each other.
  • Pin: Pin the two pieces together along the length of the base piece.
  • Sew: Using your sewing machine, sew along the pinned edge, leaving a small opening for turning.
  • Repeat: Repeat the process with the other side piece and the remaining base piece.

5. Turn the Bed Right Side Out:

  • Carefully turn the bed right side out through the opening. Use a blunt object, like a wooden spoon, to help push out the corners.

6. Add the Filling:

  • Stuff the bed with your chosen filling. Make sure it's evenly distributed and that the bed is firm but comfortable.

7. Close the Opening:

  • Fold the opening edge inwards and hand stitch it closed. You can also use a sewing machine if you prefer.

8. Finishing Touches:

  • Embellish your dog bed! You can add buttons, ribbons, or even personalize it with your dog's name.

And there you have it! Your custom-made dog bed with sides is ready for your furry friend.

Tips for Success:

  • Use a sturdy fabric: This will ensure your bed lasts longer.
  • Choose the right filling: Consider your dog's weight and sleeping habits.
  • Wash the fabric before sewing: This will prevent shrinkage.
  • Take your time: A well-made bed is worth the effort.

Now, enjoy watching your dog happily snooze in their new, cozy creation!