DIY Snuggle Pet Bed
DIY Snuggle Pet Bed
Isn’t Ginger adorable?!
It’s getting colder! Our beloved pets sometimes need help getting the extra warmth they need – especially puppies and kittens. We can just go put on a sweater or sweatshirt, but they are at our mercy. Giving them a special bed with a snuggle blanket affixed to it is an awesome way to provide for them. This will be their new favorite place when you are not available to love on them and keep them warm with your body heat. This is a very simple, yet effective and adorable, project. You CAN Sew!
You will need:
- About a yard of no-pill fleece
- Sharp Scissors
- Matching thread
- A Hand Sewing Needle
- Sewing Machine
- A Hem Ruler
- Polyester Batting/Stuffing
Cut two pieces of fleece fabric 2 inches larger than you would like the finished project to be. For a large animal, your measurements will be vastly different than those for a small animal as pictured above. For a larger animal, add 3+ inches to the WIDTH of the smaller piece.
Cut one (1) more piece of fleece ⅔ the size of the first two pieces. So, you’ll have three (3) pieces total.
Sandwich the three layers, with the smaller piece in the middle of the two larger pieces. Keep the three sides (side–bottom–side) aligned with each other for all three pieces. (If you are making an XL sized bed, you’ll have to fold the middle piece at the base, making two pleats, in order to sew this sandwich together while keeping the edges aligned.)
For an XL bed, the middle (smaller) layer will look like this at the base:
So, the TOP | MIDDLE | BOTTOM sandwich looks like this for an XL size:
Straight stitch all the way around the edges of your project using a ⅝ inch seam allowance. Leave a 4 inch opening at the top (the side opposite the shorter piece of fleece) so we can turn the piece right sides out.
Now, turn the piece right sides out. We don’t have to worry about the unfinished edge of the shorter piece because fleece won’t unravel! This is what it should look like so far:
Next, pull back the flap/pocket and sew a straight stitch 3 to 5 inches from the edge all the way around your piece (depending on how large the bed [and the pet] is going to be – the larger the bed/pet, the larger the distance from the outer edge). Be sure this seam is inside the pocket And be sure to leave an opening to stuff the inside area.
Stuff the inner pillow.
Stitch the inner pillow closed.
Taking small pieces of stuffing at a time, stuff the outer pillow tunnel all the way around. Be sure to push the stuffing into the corners.
Hand whipstitch the outer pillow closed. This is exactly the same stitch we used in the DIY Hide-A-Way Pillow.
Here we are. You did it! What a great little Snuggle Pet Bed.
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