Pet Bed DIY ~ Building Plans & Tutorial

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).

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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.

Rustic Farmhouse Grain Sack Style Pet Bed with Plans & Tutorial by Prodigal Pieces |

Once I built his bed, there was no coercing him to get into it.

Miniature Schnauzer Curls up with Toy in DIY Pet Bed ~ Includes Plans & Tutorial by Prodigal Pieces |

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.

Miniature Schnauzer Sitting on DIY Pet Bed. Plans & Tutorial included by Prodigal Pieces |

Grain Sack & Ticking Pet Bed with DIY Plans and Tutorial by Prodigal Pieces |

I am sharing the pet bed plan with all the details on how to build this versatile pet bed over on

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!

Dimensions for DIY Pet Bed with Plans & Tutorial by Prodigal Pieces |

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.

Diagram for Making Pet Bed Pillow Case | Prodigal Pieces |

Next, you are going to create your ties. (see diagram below for details) Fold a short edge down ½” and iron down. Then, fold each long edge in to the center and iron. Last, fold each folded long edge inward to center and iron. Pin to secure and stitch around open edges.

Pet Bed Pillow Tie Diagram by Prodigal Pieces |

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.

Finished Pet Bed Sewing Diagram by Prodigal Pieces |

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.

Rustic Farmhouse Style Grain Sack Pet Bed by Prodigal Pieces |

Stuff it with the two bed pillows and your pet bed is done!

Farmhouse Style Ticking and Grain Sack Pet Bed with Tutorial by Prodigal Pieces |

Mr. Teddy loves his new spot and we do too.

Dog Laying in DIY Pet Bed by Prodigal Pieces |

I hope you’ve enjoyed my latest creation. I had a blast and am happy to share.

Up next, I’m getting my spray groove on with the newest addition to my tool arsenal. I can’t wait to show you – come see HERE!
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  • Ellen Braunberger

    He’s so sweet, so is the bed!

    August 18, 2016 at 9:17 am Reply
    • Larissa

      He is a doll…just a loud barking doll at times. 😉 We love him. Thanks!

      August 18, 2016 at 12:29 pm Reply
  • Ida Ellis

    I haven’t seen a nicer pet bed ! Well built, a nice plump pillow, any fur baby would love. I don’t think Teddy will be sharing his bed ??.

    August 18, 2016 at 10:27 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Just wait until the cat sees it…hahaha… He will put up a fight! 😀

      August 18, 2016 at 12:28 pm Reply
  • Lynne

    HI LARISSA..The PET BED IS THE BOMB…..just one suggestion turn the opening of the cover to the back of the bed it will look neater… love it.

    August 18, 2016 at 10:50 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you! I don’t want to so I can see the ticking and it is a replica of the antique pillows.

      August 18, 2016 at 12:27 pm Reply
  • Carolyn

    You’re selling Teddy’s bed in your shop? Poor Teddy – where will he sleep?

    August 18, 2016 at 11:35 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Umm….I make them to sell.

      August 18, 2016 at 12:27 pm Reply
  • Patty

    Teddy is adorable, I have a real soft spot in my heart for older dogs and you can always tell when one has been well cared for and loved, loved, loved.
    Speaking of love gosh I love that bed I can just picture my little fella in that bed, unfortunately he thinks he belongs in my lap at all times, (one good guess where he is now) he was emotionally abused the first five years of his life and I just don’t have the heart to put him down. I have only had him a year and I think he is pretty secure now and has forgotten a lot. He does sleep in a bed by my side of the bed at night so I have no doubt he would sleep in that beautiful bed at night, I will check it out at your etsy shop for sur. Another great job and I’m like you I like the ticking from the pillow showing.

    August 18, 2016 at 1:00 pm Reply
  • Nancy F

    I love the dog bed, I’ll need to make Mack’s for bigger he weighs 130lbs
    Thank you

    August 19, 2016 at 5:53 am Reply
  • judy

    Love the bed and bedding! Question about the stuffed doggy toy, where did you purchase it? thanks

    August 20, 2016 at 6:20 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      Thank you, Judy! The dog toy holds an old water bottle inside so the dog can crunch on it. We found it at WalMart. He LOVES it! (notice the missing ear. 🙂 )

      August 22, 2016 at 5:33 am Reply
      • judy

        Thanks for the reply and no I didn’t notice the missing ear. lol

        August 22, 2016 at 6:56 am Reply
  • Sam @ Raggedy Bits

    This turned out amazing!! I think I might have to make one for our Matilda before our winter sets in!! Thank you for sharing the tutorial ?

    February 25, 2017 at 6:04 pm Reply
    • Larissa

      You are so sweet to say so, Sam. Thank you! I know she will love it!

      February 27, 2017 at 5:34 am Reply
  • Elise

    I am OBSESSED with the way this turned out. Takes elements from all my favourite cat beds and then puts them together into one gorgeous piece! Such a great job and I think my favourite cat bed of all the ones I’ve looked at today (and believe me that’s a lot!!). Lovely!!!

    April 18, 2017 at 7:25 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Awesome to hear! Thank you for the love. 🙂

      April 18, 2017 at 8:44 am Reply
  • Jessica

    Hi, I want to make this bed for my little shih tzu. can you please tell me how to change the measurements to fit her mat?

    July 17, 2019 at 3:12 am Reply
    • Larissa

      Sure! Can you email me the dimensions of her mat? You can use the contact form at the top of my page or use larissa at prodigalpieces dot com.

      July 17, 2019 at 5:43 am Reply

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