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DIY No-Sew Dog Bed: Easy Step-by-Step Tutorial

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Want to learn how to make a DIY no-sew dog bed easily? Then look no further!

The title of this post may be DIY No Sew Dog Bed, but after a friend of mine shared this hilarious video the other day of cats stealing dog beds, I realized I had a much wider audience. Thieving cats and bed-less dogs, rejoice!

Really though, I know I get excited about our DIY projects, but this one has to be one of my ultimate favorites. I’m so in love with this easy-to-make dog bed that I made one for our living room, a second one that is long and skinny to fit across the backseat of our car, and I’m currently hunting down fabric for the third to go in our office!

What is great about this doggy DIY is it’s practical, you don’t have to know how to sew, it’s inexpensive to make, and it’s completely customizable.

You can really create any size you want and pick the fabric, which I love. I made one of the beds reversible by using different fabrics for both the top and bottom. You can get so creative with the colors and patterns, it has seriously turned into my new favorite hobby.

Also, don’t let the wordier list of directions scare you. Condensed down, its basically – cut, fuse, flip, stuff, fuse  – really easy!

How to Make a DIY No-Sew Dog Bed

 DIY No-Sew Dog Bed: Easy Step by Step Tutorial

DIY: No Sew Pet Bed

You will need:

1. Home decor fabric – your choice!

2. Heavy duty fusing tape for heavy fabrics (I used this tape by Dritz Witch, it was amazing.)

3. Fabric scissors

4. Iron & ironing board

5. Damp cloth

6. Pillow batting

Handy prepping tips:

  • Before purchasing your fabric, measure and your dog (or cat) to determine what size bed you’ll need.
  • Gather all of your materials together making sure you have plenty of working space to lay out your fabric (especially if your pet is on the larger side!) When you begin ironing, make sure your dog is a safe distance away from the hot iron.
  • Use your measurements from earlier to cut your fabric so that you have two pieces (the top and the bottom) that are the same size.DIY: No Sew Pet Bed


1. Take your two pieces of fabric and lay them out, one top of the another. We are starting with the bed inside out, so we want the bottom piece of fabric with pattern facing up, and the top piece with the pattern facing down.

2. Pick which side you want to bond first, and cut a piece of fusing tape the same length as that side. Place the tape at the edge between the two fabrics. If you have heavy fabric, feel free to double layer the tape for extra hold. Follow the directions on how to iron your brand of fusing tape. Most require a damp cloth between the iron and the fabric. Once you have the first side fused, let it set for a few minutes until it has cooled.

3. Repeat step 2 for two more sides leaving one remaining side open.

4. With three sides fused and one still open, flip your bed so that it is right-side out and the pattern is now showing. It should look like a pillow sham at this point. If your corners are inverted, stick your arms inside the bed and push them out. Next, grab your pillow batting and  stuff the bed until it is at the desired consistency and cushion.

5. The final step is to fuse your remaining side. For this side you want to fold the top and bottom fabric inwards about an inch, place your tape between both fabrics and follow the fusing tape instructions. Voila! You have a no sew dog bed to call your own.

Love this no-sew dog bed?

Check out our other fun DIY projects to spoil your pup – including our No-Sew Dog BandanaNo-Sew Dog Scarf and No-Sew Heart Dog Toy!

DIY: No Sew Pet Bed

DIY: No Sew Pet Bed

DIY: No Sew Pet Bed


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38 responses to “DIY No-Sew Dog Bed: Easy Step-by-Step Tutorial”

  1. Karen English says:

    Was just interested in finding out if the bed is fine to put in the washing machine, if not what is the best way to keep it clean.

    • Sarah says:

      Hi Karen! I haven’t washed mine yet, but I would definitely stick with a delicate wash cycle and tumble drying with little to no heat. Since it is not sewn in, I would stay away from high heat so that it doesn’t loosen the hemming tape. :)

  2. Gorgeous! Coco looks so happy on her new beds!
    I love that you can make each side a different colour/print – and it’s so easy! No wonder you couldn’t stop at one!

  3. Rose says:

    I love this! I also adore all three fabrics that you used – who makes them, do you know?

    • Sarah says:

      Thanks, Rose! So glad you like them! I’ve pasted the links to the fabrics below. :)

      The black & white fabric is from Hobby Lobby:

      The gray ikat fabric is from Joann Fabrics:

      The polka dot fabric I’ve had lying around for a while, I believe it was from Joann Fabric. Unfortunately, I’m not sure who it was made by!

  4. Delia Meek says:

    Love Love the beds!! Great idea and Perfect size for Coco!

  5. Jamie says:

    Such a cute idea, and perfect as a holiday gift. So cute, I had to post it ;)

  6. Kayla says:

    SO cute! Looks like Coco Bean loves it! : )


  7. Steve says:

    Since I don’t own an iron, do you think the peel and stick fusion tape would hold up well?

    If so, do you recommend one?

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  9. Delilah says:

    Love this. I may try to make my next dog bed myself! I’ve also used dog bed covers that are a similar concept (but they are sewn) – there’s a few sellers on Etsy that sell them, I like this one’s designs the most:

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