What better gift for your family pet than a nice new dog bed that you made yourself? Lucky for you, it is very easy to sew a dog bed by using something familiar form around the house - a pillowcase. Using a simple pillowcase you can whip up a dog bed for your pet in minutes. It is so easy you can do it in less than an hour.
A Small Dog Bed
For small dogs you can use one pillowcase. All you need to do is stuff the pillowcase with stuffing and sew the end shut. Just use a regular stitch on your sewing machine or hand stitch the pillow case closed. Give it a little fluffing and it is ready for your dog to enjoy.
A Dog Bed for a Large Dog
You can still use a pillowcase to make a dog bed for your larger dog, but you will need more than one. Depending on the size of your dog, two or three pillow cases should be fine. Here is a step by step on how to sew a dog bed for your larger dog using two pillowcases:
Step One: You will need to remove the stitching from the length-wise stitched side of the pillowcase. Most pillowcases are stitched on one side and the other side is just the folded fabric. You will need to remove the stitching from the sewn side. Do NOT remove the stitching from the bottom edges. Remove the side stitches on both pillowcases.
Step Two: Turn the pillowcases inside out and pin the sides you unstitched together. Sew these edges together. You should now have a double wide pillowcase.
Step Three: Fill the dog bed with stuffing, making sure it is nice and full, but not too full.
Step Four: Sew closed the open end, fluff and give to your dog for a nice place to nap.
Using more than two pillowcases:
To use more than one pillowcase you will need to follow step one of the larger dog bed instructions for all the pillowcases. Then for all but two of the pillowcases you will need to cut the other side open. Then you will sew the pillowcases all together with the ones with both sides cut on the inside and the ones with only one side opened on the outsides. You then proceed with remaining steps of making a larger dog bed.
If you don't already have one, buy a used sewing machine and make sure that you will enjoy and stick with it. As you learn the techniques and become skillful, you may decide to spring for a new machine later.
Focus on learning one sewing skill at a time. Become good at that technique, then move along and learn the next.
Become acquainted with the tools you will need to become good at sewing. As you master one tool, start practicing with another and the first thing you know, you will be a sewing master!