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How to Make a Dog Bed Without Sewing

Red and black plaid no sew dog bed

Can you cut a straight line? How about tie a knot? If you answered yes to these questions, that is just how easy it is to make this fluffy and soft, no sew dog bed. The best part is you can customize it to whatever size you need, no matter if you are making one for a Chihuahua or a Great Dane. You don’t even need to pull out the sewing machine. I am so in love with how this adorable bed turned out, I may just make one for myself. Here is how you can make a no sew dog bed.

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  • Fleece Fabric (How much depends on the size you are making)
  • Pillow Filler or Fabric Scraps (My 20 inch by 20 inch bed took one 20 ounce bag of filler)
  • Scissors
  • Measuring Tape / Ruler

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  • Customize your measurements for your dog bed- To figure out the measurements for my dog bed (I made one for my Grand-Dog Chihuahua) I wanted the bed to be about 20 inches by 20 inches when finished. I added 6 inches to both the length and width to allot for the tied fringe edge, and 3 inches added to the length and width for the thickness the dog bed will be. So for a 20 inch by 20 inch bed, I cut my fabric 29 by 29 inches. If you want your dog bed 40 inches by 60 inches, you will still only add 9 inches to the length and 9 inches to the width, making your fabric 49 inches by 69 inches. No matter how large or small, you will always add 9 inches to the length and 9 inches to the width.
  • Working on a flat surface, double layer your fabric with the wrong side facing the wrong side of the fabric and cut it to the size you need based on your measurements from step 1.
  • Starting at one corner of your fabric, measure out a 3 inch by 3 inch square and cut it out. Make sure both layers of fabric are matched up before you cut. Repeat this for the other 3 corners.
  • With your fabric laying flat and one of the sides facing you (1 of your cut out corners should be to your left and 1 to the right with a straight edge of fabric facing you), start cutting one inch strips in the double layered fabric, working from one of the removed squares to the other. Only make your cuts 3 inches long. Repeat this for the other 3 sides.
  • When you are finished cutting strips, start back where you began and tie the bottom strip to its matching top strip of fabric. You will continue to tie until you have about 10 more strips to tie. This hole is where you will stuff the dog bed will filler.
  • Fill your dog bed with the filler to the thickness you are looking for, then tie the last strips to close the hole.
  • Fluff the dog bed to even out the filler.

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