Free Small Pet Bed Sewing Pattern

Skittles enjoying her new pet bed
Pet Bed Made Using The Free Pet Bed Pattern. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
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    A Perfect Pet Bed

    While many people love sharing their beds with their cats or small dogs co-sleeping isn't for everyone. If allergies or personal preference are keeping your pet out of your bed it's nice to provide them with a comfortable place to sleep of their very own. With this free pattern, you can make a pet bed that any animal will love.


    The size shown here will also accommodate a small dog. Variations on this pattern to make a large pet bed for a medium to large dog can be found here.

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  • 02 of 08

    Materials and Cutting Instructions

    Skittles enjoying her new pet bed
    Pet Bed Made Using The Free Pet Bed Pattern. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com

    Materials

    • 2 yards of 45" wide fabric
    • Stiff interfacing for bottom
    • Stuffing
    • 59" of piping
    • Thread
    • 14" circle template (An embroidery hoop works well for this and for fabric bowls)
    • Patterns for bottom of bed -- find free directions to draw the pattern pieces here

    Cutting Directions

    • Cut one of each pattern piece from the fabric of your choice.
    • Cut one smaller base piece from heavy interfacing. The type used for fabric bowls worked wonderfully. 
    • Cut four strips - 10" by the width of the fabric
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  • 03 of 08

    Sew the Base

    Sewing the Floor Piece of the free pet bed sewing pattern
    Sewing the Floor Piece. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
    • Fold the base pieces in quarters and gently press or mark the folds to use when assembling the pieces
    • Remove a 1/2" of the cord from your piping. Butt the ends of the cord, fold over one raw edge from the covering where you removed the piping. Sew the edge of the cording so that it forms a circle. Be sure to keep the piping straight so that the cording is all on one edge and not twisted. Set aside.
    • Baste the interfacing to the smaller base piece, 3/4" from the edge. Trim the interfacing...MORE just outside the stitching.
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  • 04 of 08

    Sewing the Pillow Part of the Pet Bed

    Sewing the Pillow Part of the Pet Bed
    Sewing the Pillow Part of the Pet Bed. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
    • Sew two rows of basting stitches on the outer edge of the larger base piece. Stitch less than 1/2" from the edge.
    • Pin wrong sides together, matching the fold lines. Gather the upper base to be the same size as the lower base.
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  • 05 of 08

    Stitch and Stuff the Pillow

    Stitch and Stuff the Pillow
    Stitch and Stuff the Pillow. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
    • Stitch using a 1/2" seam, leaving an area open to stuff the base.
    • Stuff the base, keeping the stuffing centered in the base as much as possible. (Keeping the stuffing in the center will make attaching the sides)
    • Finish sewing the edge closed.
    • Set aside.
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  • 06 of 08

    Sewing the Sides of the Pet Bed

    Sewing the Sides of the Pet Bed
    Sewing the Sides of the Pet Bed. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
    • Sew two strips together to form a circle, using 1/2" seams.
    • Repeat for the second set of strips.
    • Sew two rows of basting stitches on the upper edge of each side piece.
    • Fold the piping and side pieces in quarters. Mark the quarter folds. Mark both edges of the side pieces. Gather one edge of the side to fit the piping, matching the marks.
    • Sew the piping to the edge of the side.
    • Gather the other side piece to fit the piping and sew right sides together.
    • Apply a seam finish to the seam allowance on...MORE the sewn edge.
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    Sew and Stuff the Sides of the Pet Bed

    Sew and Stuff the Sides of the Pet Bed
    Sew and Stuff the Sides of the Pet Bed. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
    • Turn the sides so the wrong sides are together.
    • As you sew basting stitches, which join the raw edges, stop every 6-12" and stuff the tube. Keep the stuffing up at the piped seam as much as possible.
    • Sew a second row of basting stitches.
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  • 08 of 08

    Attach the Sides to the Base

    Attach the Sides to the Base on the free pet bed sewing pattern
    Attach the Sides to the Base. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to About.com
    • Place the raw edges of the side, on the flat side of the bottom.
    • Match the fold lines on the base with the quarter marks on the sides.
    • Gather the side to fit the edge of the bottom.
    • Sew using a 1/2" seam.
    • Apply a seam finish.
    • Turn the sides so they enclose the seam and are on the top side of the bed.