How to Make a Dog Bed

How to Make a Dog Bed

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Love your dog, well you might also love making a dog bed for your beloved pet. Its not as
hard as it looks. Watch this video, pick your fabrics from Sailrite and get to work. The first job in creating a dog bed is determining
the correct size of the bed. For you convenience Sailrite will provide 4 possible size dog
beds from X-small to Large. The sizes and patterns show here may be modified to your
particular requirements. Once you pick your size you may want to pause the video to study
these four possible patterns. Our dog bed will be made from two colors of
Sunbrella canvas. We will be making the X-small dog bed so we will mark the fabric to the
correct size as indicated by the x-small drawing previously seen.
The sides of this bed will be a green color while the bottom and pillow inside the bed
will be a pink color. Here Angela is making the Macaw green Sunbrella
fabric to the correct size for the bed sides. She’s using a soap stone pencil which is a
great way to mark the fabric as the marks will easily come off with just water.
Once the fabric is marked she will use the Sailrite Edge hot knife to cut the fabric
to size. This hot knife heats up in a few seconds and easily cuts most synthetic fabrics
like this 100% solution dyed Acrylic fabric. Notice that a metal ruler is being used to
prevent damage to the table top below. Using a hot knife will help to prevent any cut edges
from un-raveling. And now were going to use the Sunbrella hot
pink fabric and mark it to size for our dog bed. Then we will use the Sailrite Edge Hot
Knife yet again to help prevent the un-raveling of the fabric to cut out the fabric. Since this is the x-small dog bed we will
sew the two panels that will form the sides of the dog bed together to form one long tube.
However if you are making a larger dog bed you may want to make four individual sides
that can be sewn closed and then together after they have been stuffed with batting.
Why do that? Because if you pick batting (which is sold by the yard) it will be difficult
to stuff it down into a long tube. Now, if you use Polyester fiberfill that is not the
case, but here we are trying to save money by folding up a sheet of batting for our filling
instead of more expensive Polyester fiberfill. The x-small bed sides can be made from two
lengths of fabric sewn down the center. Here the fabric has been laid so the outside surfaces
are facing each other (this fabric does not have a right and wrong side) and we are sewing
a half inch away from the edge of the fabric with a straight stitch.
Next fold the fabric in half forming a tube that is (for our bed size) 8 inches (larger
beds may be 10 inches). Be sure to fold the outside surfaces in so they are facing each
other. Line up the sides and then sew down the length of the fabric forming a tube. As
always when you start and end your sewing be sure to reverse to lock the stitch in place.
When Angela stops here notice she buries her needle to keep the fabric in the exact spot
while she checks to be sure the edges will line up correctly before she sews again. Since
the Sunbrella canvas or upholstery fabric is so light we are using a V-69 Polyester
thread which is UV resistant and strong. We’re using the Sailrite Ultrafeed LS-1 sewing
machine to sew up these dog bed. The Ultrafeed LS-1 sewing machine features a mechanical
walking foot which easily feeds thru this canvas fabric. Not only will it sew this lighter
fabric well, but it will also sew super thick fabric assemblies beautifully. This heavy
duty portable sewing machine is set up in the New Ultrafeed Collapsible Sewing Table
which makes a perfect work table for the sewing machine. The Sailrite Ultrafeed Sewing Machine
and the Ultrafeed Collapsible Sewing Table are available at
This dog bed side is now sewn into a tube, we need to turn it right side out. If you
bed has individual sides (4 of them) you will sew one end shut by folding the fabric back
inside the tube a half inch and sewing over that one end. Then you will stuff the tube
and close the open end. Here we have made one long tube, so we are going to sew right
down the center of this tube because we have two sections that are joined together to create
the tube. This can only be done for the x-small dog bed. By sewing down the center we are
cutting down the length of the tube by half making it easier to stuff it with Polyester
batting. Dog beds are often filled with various types
foam, Polyester batting or fiberfill. The least expensive is Polyester batting, it is
sold by the yard at We will cut the batting the length of our tube and
about 3 times with width of our tube so we can fold it over about 3 times.
Sailrite also sells foam and the Polyester Fiberfill if you would rather use those.
Our bed sides are separated into two sections so we need to do this twice, we will use the
first as a pattern for the second. Larger dog beds will likely have four separate sides,
so you will need to do that four times for those.
To stuff the tube it is a good idea to fold the open end back about half way then stuff
the batting inside. Angela is carefully laying the batting so
it is folded nicely and without bumps inside the tube. This portion of the video is shown
in double time. Separate sides Now that the tube is filled we can close the
open end by folding the fabric back about a half inch then sewing a row of straight
stitches down and over that end. This tube needs to fit our rectangular dog
bed so we will sew a row of stitches at each corner where the sides will make a 90 degree
turn. If our calculations are correct all we need to do is fold the fabric to the center
location to find the corner location and sew a row of stitches at that location.
We are sewing thru the fabric and the batting, so this is rather thick but our Sailrite Ultrafeed
sewing machine can easily do it. Now follow that same procedure for the other
side. We will not be showing this again. If you dog bed is larger your side sections may
be separate pieces and you will need to sew them all together similar to what is show
here. That process is done in exactly that same way that Angela will show here.
But up the end sections so they are flush and then take it to the sewing machine and
sew them together. Try to keep the stitches on top of the stitch that closes the ends
shut. Do some reversing at the beginning and end as normal.
The sides of the dog bed are now done. We will be reversing the sides so the seamed
edges are on the inside of the bed. As shown here.
We have not yet turned the sides so the raw stitch is on the inside. First we need to
sew the bottom to the sides, then we will reverse it.
Next we will sew the bottom to the sides. This is simply done by finding the seam along
the bottom of the tubular sides and matching it up with the edge of the bottom plate. Be
sure to position the bottom plate so the corners match the corners of the tubular sides. We
will not be using straight pins to hold the assembly in place, but that may prove to be
helpful. If your bottom plate does not perfectly line up with the corners do not be alarmed,
it will typically never be noticeable when the pillow is inserted in the next chapter.
Once we are happy with the positioning take the assembly to the sewing machine and start
sewing somewhere near the center location of a side. This straight stitch should be
about a ¼ inch away from the raw edge of the bottom plate. Since we have not pinned
the assembly we will have to go rather slow here and every time we stop it is a good idea
to have the needle buried in the fabric so we don’t lose our position. When we get to
a corner we will bury the needle, lift the presser foot, turn the fabric, lower the presser
foot and continue sewing. When we get to the place we started sewing
we will do some reversing to lock the stitch in place and we are done. Turn the assembly
right side out and now all we have left is to sew up a simple throw pillow, that’s coming
up next. Take the two plates that will be used for
the pillow and lay them on top of each other so the outside surfaces are facing each other
(our fabric does not have a right and wrong side here). Then take it to the sewing machine
and sew a straight stitch about a ½ inch away from the raw edges. Be sure to leave
an opening in one side so the batting can be inserted in a later step. We are using
the deluxe magnetic guide here to help guide our stitch along the side of this pillow.
Here you can see where Angela stopped sewing and left an opening. This opening will allow
us to turn the pillow right side out and also will be used to stuff the pillow with batting
or fiberfill. After the pillow is turned right side out
she will cut some batting so it can be folded up about 3 times and then inserts it inside
the pillow cover. Notice the batting is larger than the pillow cover, this is usually good
and results in a comfortable pillow for you beloved dog.
Stuff the pillow cover with the batting or fiberfill. Then fold the open edges inside
the cover about a half inch and sew this opening closed. It may be helpful to use straight
pins to hold this hem and opening closed while you sew, we will not be using them.
The dog bed is now complete. Let’s go over the materials list and the tools that were
used to make this dog bed. You will find hundreds of fabrics at
that will work well for a dog bed of this fashion. If you have questions be sure to
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