How to Make a Fleece-Tie Dog Bed

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Even if you don't know how to sew, you can make a serviceable bed for your dog. With two pieces of fleece and some fiberfill, you can easily create a bed that can be used for any size dog, as well as for pet cats. Once you've learned the process, you can add some embellishments to your next bed.

Things You'll Need

  • Fleece, any color
  • Fiberfill
  • Scissors
  • Cut the fleece. You will need two pieces, each 26 inches square. If you have a much larger or smaller dog that won't fit on a bed this size, measure the fleece against them and cut accordingly. Both pieces must be the same in dimensions and line up exactly when you stack one on top of the other.

  • Create the fringe. After stacking the fleece pieces, cut a 4-inch square from each corner. Then cut fringe all the way around the edges of the fleece. Each piece of fringe should be 1 inch wide and 4 inches long.

  • Tie the fringe. Beginning at one corner, tie the top and bottom pieces of fringe together with tight, double knots. Do this around the entirety of the fleece until you have only four or five sets of fringe left to tie.

  • Stuff the bed. Using the opening you left in the fringe, stuff the bed full of fiberfill. Use enough that it makes the bed soft, but not so much that it pulls the fleece tight or makes the bed too firm. Once you are done stuffing, tie the last pieces of fringe.

Tips & Warnings

  • You can use any color fleece you prefer, and include only one color in the bed or use a different color for the top than you use on the bottom.
  • If you don't want fringe dangling off the sides of the bed, turn the fleece inside out once you have tied all of it but the last four to five pieces. Fill with fiberfill and tie the last fringe, which will have to be inverted inside the pillow after tying.
  • Make sure the fleece is at least 4 to 6 inches longer than your dog, as well as 4 to 6 inches wider than your dog is from the bottom of his feet to the top of his head (as many dogs lay on their sides when sleeping).
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