No-Sew Dog Bed

For a while now my family dog, Abigail has been using my brother’s old scooby-doo blanket as her bed. ( We’ve been calling scooby-doo her boyfriend ever since).  I decided to turn her worn out blanket into a comfortable dog bed.


What you will need:

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-A blanket (many dog bed tutorials use fleece material)

-some old life-less pillows and/or polyester fiberfill(personally, I know my dog wouldn’t like anything too fluffy, so the amount you use depends on your dogs preferences-you want your dog to want to use it!)


-If you are using a material that will fray, I recommend getting Fabric Fray stop Spray to prevent the fraying from occuring.

First, fold the material to the whatever size you desire. (I decided on folding the blanket in half, as shown in the picture above- mind you it was a children’s blanket so it wasn’t too large to begin with). Take into consideration that you will need to leave enough room on the 3 unfolded edges for strips to tie, so the size of the bed will actually be 3 inches less on each of those edges.

I began by cutting the seams, which showed that the blanket had some stuffing in it.

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Towards the middle of the folded material there was a larger stitched section which I decided would be the base of the bed, as represented by the dashed lines in the picture. I cut the excess stuffing around the three unfolded edges.

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As you can see from the picture below, because I was working with two sides of the blanket which I then cut the seems to, I was then working with 4 layers of material. In order for the tying of the strips to be effective, I had to cut the inside layers ( 2 and 3) so that I could tie the two outside layers (1 and 4) together.

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I began cutting 1 inch strips about 3 inches into the fabric all around the bed, making sure to cut a square out of each of the  unfolded corners. I then took on the task of tying the strips together(bottom and top layers).I tied the strips on the shorter sides of the blanket, leaving the longer side open so that I could stuff the bed.

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I filled the bed by putting the pillows, the stuffing I cut from the inside of the blanket, and some fiberfill between the two sides of the blanket. Lastly, I tied the strips of the longer side together.If you have a material that will fray, as mentioned before, I recommend spraying the edges with Fray stop spray.

.. and there you have it! A dog bed made entirely out of things I had lying around the house-so it didn’t cost me anything!

Fleece is common material to use when making your very own dog bed, so here is a very easy-to-follow tutorial provided by tipsngiggles that will probably be helpful if you are using fleece.

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Abby wabby is loving her dog bed! How about your dog?

Have you ever made your own dog bed using a different method?

Happy no-sewing,


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