Sunday, January 31, 2010

Shabby Chic Dog Bed

I went looking for a new bed for Heidi Bear yesterday and couldn't find one I liked. Apparently, if your dog is large you must want plaid, or so the available selection suggested. So, I decided to make one in a fabric to suit our space. Basic sewing skills are all that's needed for this project.

Start with one twin sized egg crate mattress pad. Cut it in half across the short side to make two pieces that are roughly square. Whip stitch the two pieces together with the smooth sides together. This will keep the pieces from shifting around in the cover.

Cut a piece of fabric 38" wide and 74" long. Use a sturdy, washable fabric for best wear. You can use old curtains from the thrift store, denim or what ever suits you best. I used an old slip cover from a sofa we no longer have. I love re purposing from an environmental as well as budgetary standpoint!

Add a 5/8" hem to each of the short sides of the fabric.

Cut 3 six inch pieces of Velcro and pin evenly spaced across the hem on the back side of the fabric. Place it slightly inside the edge and stitch in place.

With right sides together, pin the long ends together and stitch. I serged the edges for extra durability, but it's not necessary if you don't have a serger.

Turn the cover right side out and press. Insert the egg crate foam and press the Velcro together to close.

Voila! One extra large, shabby chic dog bed for less than $20!


  1. Unbelievable, I just told my husband I was going to make a dog bed. Then I find this post. :)

    I wouldn't have thought to use egg crate mattress. I was going to buy foam. Thanks for the tut and awesome idea!

  2. You're very welcome! The egg crate idea didn't come to me until I cut through the bedding department on the way to the rugs. Have fun! Heidi Bear has been enjoying hers.

  3. This is a great idea! The best being that it's ALL easily washable. I hate those kind that have cedar chips, thanks for sharing!

  4. Thanks, Whyte! I love my dog but her bed does get pretty smelly unless it can be washed.

  5. I always to clean my dog bad but some time my doggy has to do very dirty so I can not wash properly but your given washing information is really cool. i will diffidently try it.
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