A Simple Dog Bed Tutorial

One of my things to sew on my holiday list was a dog bed!

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And I made it, but the surprise didn’t last to get under the tree. We ended up giving it to her right away!
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Earlier this year we added a silly little beagle to our family. When we got her, her paper work said that her favorite activity is lounging. It is high on her list. We also inherited a little dog bed for her. And it’s perfect when she curls up in a ball. But when she stretches out, she hangs off of both ends. So she needed a new one. But they are so expensive!
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And this one was free! I made it all with fabrics we had on hand, one for the top and bottom and one for the sides, and a bunch of scraps. The kiddo picked the fabrics! Great color choices I think!
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First we cut! I based mine partly on the size fabric I had on hand and partly on the size of the dog. For a beagle or a medium sized dog, I cut the top and bottom to be about 24 by 30. The side are 6 inches by the length of the bed plus about 8 inches.
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Sew on the side. Finish the side by following this video. The video is for binding a quilt, but around min 8 is the great part of how to make the edge (or binding) fit perfectly! No need to reinvent the wheel, right??
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Pin on the other side at the corners so that the fleece doesn’t stretch leaving you with wonky corners.
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Sew the other side the sides, leaving a hole!
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Pull it through the hole so it’s right side out!
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I cut all my fleece scraps into tiny scraps… I think this might have taken longer than making the bed! I ended up with about 3 grocery bags of scraps.
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Stuff it!
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And hand sew the hole together!
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And you’ll have one happy puppy!
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My studio is outside, so the girl had to leave her leash on for the photos, but otherwise she’s pretty happy with her new bed!
Are you a dog or cat person? This would work for a cat too! What four-legged friend are you going to give a new bed to???