Our family consists of many members, and some of them just happen to have fur. We bring home our beloved furballs and want to give them the best. Because of that, I have created a pet bed that will surely let your cuddle bug know they are loved. Meet Teddy (aka Ted E. Bear).
We adopted Teddy when he was 1 ½ years old, since the previous owner had an illness that meant she could no longer care for him as needed. He as been such a loyal, lovable dog. He resides with us 24/7 and is our alarm-barking nut at 9 years of age. Teddy already has a cozy den that he sneaks into where he sleeps, but he is getting older. I wanted to create a snuggly pet bed where he can be with us all the time.
Once I built his bed, there was no coercing him to get into it.
He looks so content…I want one. hee hee hee.
This is an easy build that can be done in a day with a few basic tools and supplies and is absolutely budget-friendly. You can build this for less than $30, including the cushion (see below for details). Not only is this afforadable, but the best part is that it can be custom fit for any size cat or dog.
I am sharing the pet bed plan with all the details on how to build this versatile pet bed over on BuildSomething.com.
If you’re new to BuildSomething, you’re in for a treat. It is a wonderful community where DIYers and woodworkers of any genre (not just bloggers) share their love for creating by offering free plans. A DIYer virtual heaven!
Come on over to get the plans and then pop back here where I will show you how to create the custom cushion for this bed at the bottom of this post.
Not into DIY? No worries! You can purchase this bed already made in my shop.
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Now, you’ve got your pet bed made and want to create a custom cushion, right?
Here’s how you do it (personal use only):
- 1 yard of 60″ wide fabric (or equivalent), PLUS 4 – 4″ x 15″ strips for ties.
- white thread
- 2 standard bed pillows
- fabric paint (optional) See tip below.
- masking tape (optional)
I used a cotton twill for my pillow case, but you can use whatever fabric you choose. This is the same pillow style I used for my bedroom, so this is a very versatile project.
Before we get started, launder your fabric to get it prepped for use.
Once prepped, you are going to fold in your 36″ edges twice in 1″ intervals as shown below. Then iron down the folds to hold them in place. Lastly, pin and stitch down in a box format.
Next, you are going to create your ties. (see diagram below for details) Fold a short edge down ½” and iron down. Fold each long edge in to the center and iron. Fold each folded long edge inward to center and iron. Pin to secure and stitch around open edges.
After you’ve created your ties, we are going to attach them to the pillow case. Line the unfinished edge with the bottom of the folded inside edge of the pillow case and pin to secure. Do a box stitch to attach them to the pillow case.
Now, all you need to do is fold the bag in half with right sides facing, line up top edges, pin, and sew a ½” seam up the sides as shown.
Since you know I love rustic farmhouse, I used fabric paint (or acrylic paint with a textile medium added to make it washable), and masking tape to make faux grain sack stripes like I do on my furniture here.
Stuff it with the two bed pillows and your pet bed is done!
Mr. Teddy loves his new spot and we do too.
I hope you’ve enjoyed my latest creation. I had a blast and am happy to share.
Next week I’ll be get my spray groove on with the newest addition to my tool arsenal. I can’t wait to show you and give you a chance to win!