DIY Snuggle Pet Bed

November 8, 2011 at 8:58 AM 23 comments

DIY Snuggle Pet Bed

You CAN Sew!

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 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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23 Comments Add your own

  • 1. Alyssa  |  November 8, 2011 at 10:12 AM

    This is so cute! I also have a dachshund, but I’m afraid he would just chew this up! I may try it anyway. 🙂

  • 3. nicole  |  November 8, 2011 at 9:14 PM

    thanks for sharing, i’m stopping by from the lovely poppy and would love for you to come by and checkout the huge giveaway going on that ends thursday- xoxo nicole

  • 4. Jennifer  |  November 9, 2011 at 9:26 AM

    My doxies would love this, unfortunately, one always digs holes in all her beds!!!

  • 5. Nikki  |  November 9, 2011 at 11:57 AM

    OMG!! Ginger is adorable!! …and that bed is super cute too!! I also have a doxi! Roxi the Doxi 😉 …but she would rip this to shreds 😦

    Would love it if you would stop by and share this at my linky party 🙂

    Also, PRETTY PLEASE stop by and check out Random Acts of Kindness Week going on all next week!! I would love it if you could participate!! More info here:

    • 6. modestmomma  |  November 9, 2011 at 12:29 PM

      Thank you! Love the RAK’s – Great idea!

  • 7. couponingfromfloridatomichigan  |  November 9, 2011 at 5:30 PM

    I am your newest follower via Facebook and Twitter through the Take if From Me, Welcome Wednesday hop. I hope you stop by and visit soon.

    Couponing From Florida to Michigan

    That really is soo cute, however, my little fluffy thing knows that she owns a bed with covers that she allows the humans to sleep in.

    • 8. modestmomma  |  November 9, 2011 at 5:33 PM

      LOL! They are not our pets, but rather we are their humans. So true!

  • 9. Handmade Features | Ladybug Blessings  |  November 9, 2011 at 9:04 PM

    […] want to make this bed for Pancake right now! How adorable is […]

  • 10. Jamie  |  November 10, 2011 at 10:01 PM

    Super Cute! I made similar beds for my doxies because they love to snuggle. I made one out of fleece once and they ate straight through it! But they were much younger then. Last time I used that fur stuff instead and some home dec weight fabric.

    jamie @

    • 11. modestmomma  |  November 11, 2011 at 11:53 AM

      Awesome ideas! Thanks for sharing!

  • 12. malia  |  November 11, 2011 at 9:31 AM

    Fantastic project! “Beans” would love this! xo malia

  • 14. zhing  |  November 12, 2011 at 12:24 AM

    ooo this is fabulous! im going to have to make some for musashi, my maltese who loves all warm and fuzzy fabric!

    p.s. ginger is tres adorable! 🙂

  • 16. Dawn  |  November 12, 2011 at 9:51 AM

    So cute! My long-haired chihuahua would love this!! 🙂

  • 17. Jane  |  November 12, 2011 at 5:06 PM

    Get out of town Ginger is so stinkin’ adorable! And so is her snuggle bed! I really am not a huge fan of my dogs’ dog beds and I want to replace them but dog beds can be so flipping expensive. I never thought of making one myself!

    stopping by from Homemaker in Heels! 🙂

  • 18. Anne  |  November 12, 2011 at 8:02 PM

    Ginger is so cute! I have a Pom who loves to snuggle and this would be a great gift for him. 😉

  • 19. Lindsay  |  November 13, 2011 at 11:38 AM

    That is absolutely perfect! Looks so cozy & comfortable! Thanks so much for sharing this @ Show & Share. I am very happy to have you here!

  • 20. Jami  |  November 13, 2011 at 10:37 PM

    What a great idea!!! My little Presley would LOVE this little bed! Thanks for sharing your great bed and tutorial at the Tuesday To Do Party!

  • 21. SJ @ Homemaker On A Dime  |  November 14, 2011 at 12:56 AM

    Your cute Fido is looking so comfy! Great job 🙂 Thanks for joining us at Creative Bloggers’ Party & Hop. Btw, I checked your FB and it’s a facebook page alright 🙂 Hope you can swing by on Tuesday for the FB landing page giveaway.

  • 22. Alida  |  November 17, 2011 at 9:54 PM

    This is so cute!! Thanks so much for sharing at Thingamajig Thursday.


  • […] This dog bed is made from polar fleece and has pretty simple instructions to make it. See the free tutorial at the Modesty Matters blog. […]


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