Pet Projects: Make a DIY Dog Bed

Make a removable, washable cover for your furbaby’s bed that's oozing with charming, farmhouse style. This simple sewing project will transform a bed your pet loves into one you love as well.

Washable Pet Bed Cover

DIY Farmhouse-Style Dog Bed Cover

Make a washable cover for your fur-baby’s bed that is oozing with charming farmhouse style. This simple sewing project can transform a bed your pet loves into one you love as well!

Photo by: Marian Parsons, Mustard Seed Interiors

Marian Parsons, Mustard Seed Interiors

Materials Needed

dog bed form or pillow
ticking fabric (1-1/2 times size of dog bed dimensions)
tablecloth (or coordinating fabric in desired pattern, 1-1/2 times size of dog bed dimensions)
coordinating all-purpose cotton thread
measuring tape/ruler
sewing machine
sharp scissors
pins
pencil
iron and ironing board
all-purpose sewing needle
ribbons (optional, see step 4)

Cut Fabric

Prewash all fabric. Cut a piece of fabric (ticking was used for this project), 1-1/2 times the length of dog bed by width of dog bed, plus seam allowance (about 1-1/2” on each side.) Cut second piece of fabric (a tablecloth was used for this project) the same dimensions as dog bed, plus 1-1/2” seam allowance on all sides. Tip: One nice thing about using a tablecloth for this project is the edges are already hemmed. Use a hemmed edge for cover side with the opening.

Washable Pet Bed Cover

DIY Farmhouse-Style Dog Bed Cover: Step1: Cut Fabric

Prewash all fabric. Cut a piece of fabric (ticking was used for this project), 1 ½ times the length of dog bed by width of dog bed, plus seam allowance (about 1 ½” on each side.) Cut second piece of fabric (a tablecloth was used for this project) the same dimensions as dog bed, plus 1 ½” seam allowance on all sides. Tip: One nice thing about using a tablecloth for this project is the edges are already hemmed. Use a hemmed edge for cover side with the opening.

Photo by: Marian Parsons, Mustard Seed Interiors

Marian Parsons, Mustard Seed Interiors

Pin Fabric

Place top piece of fabric face-up on floor or work surface (Image 1). Put ticking face-down with extra material folded over (Image 2). This excess fabric will be the 'envelope' that holds the insert in place. Pin three sides together, leaving side with folded envelope closure open (Image 3).

Sew Cover

Sew along pin line, removing pins along the way. Trim excess seam allowance and loose threads. Turn cover right-side-out

Make Ties (Optional)

Measure and cut four 18” x 4” pieces of fabric out of tablecloth or ticking remnant (Image 1). Fold one fabric strip in half with right sides together and sew one short side and long side where edges meet (Image 2). Use a long, blunt object (like a capped pen, unsharpened pencil, etc.) to assist in turning tie right-side-out (Image 3). Iron tie, so it lays flat (Image 4). Repeat with three other ties. Tip: Ribbons may also be used to skip this step. 

Finishing Steps

Hand-stitch ties (or ribbons) onto desired locations on top and bottom side of dog bed, so both sets of ties are symmetrical and line up when tied (Images 1 and 2). Slide dog bed form or pillow into cover, secure with ties (Image 3), then invite your furry best friend over to give it a try (Image 4).

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