by Alicia
Ever since I brought home a faux fur throw rug my dogs have fallen in love with the texture and are obsessed with sleeping on it. So, I decided they needed (yes, needed!) a nice big bed they could lie on, and we needed a new bed in one area of the house. You can learn more about faux fur and how to test it by going to this full blog post, link at the end of this post.
1. Measure your fabric. Since Joann’s sells by the yard, I got 2 yards of each fabric because I wanted a larger bed. Make sure that no matter the final dimensions you want that when you measure you account for at least 4-5 extra inches of fabric that you make the ties with. My final bed dimensions are 41″x22″, so my cut fabric was 46″x27″. You can make this bed as large or small as you'd like!
2. After you’ve cut your fabric to the dimensions you’d like, lay both pieces of fabric on top of each other, fabric side facing outward with your top fabric on the top and bottom on the bottom.

3. Optional: cut your corners out. Meaning at each corner, make a box of about 5″ on each side and cut them out. Some people do this to make it easier to tie the two pieces of fabric together, but I actually don’t use this method.
4. Going down each side of the fabric, cut the fabric in 1-1.5″ wide pieces, 4-5″ tall
5. Start tying all those pieces of fabric together but leave one end of the bed open! Working with the faux fur, you will experience some shedding while tying but ever since I tied them together there has been no additional shedding. I double knotted mine as well.
6. Once you have tied down three of the four sides, start stuffing your fiber fill in the open side. I used about 1.5 bags worth of the Poly-Fil.

7. Tie half of the side and add additional filler if needed. Tie up the rest once ready.

8. Plump up and move the fill around as best you can from the outside. Once your dog starts laying on the bed the fibers get moved around naturally.
All done!
Full supplies list at the link below!
Want more details about this and other DIY projects? Check out my blog post!
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  • Sherry Szilage Stoffel Sherry Szilage Stoffel on Jan 14, 2017 both pieces of fabric on top of each other? Instruction 2. How does one do that? Do you mean place one on top of the other? Your dogs like to lay on the fabric? Lay what? Eggs?

  • Fred Sheppard Fred Sheppard on Jan 15, 2017
    If you lay the two pieces on top of each other like in first picture, shouldn't they both look the same? In the fineshed picture the top is a different colour.

  • Cindy Phillips Cindy Phillips on Feb 08, 2017
    What is the cost of this project ?

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  • Jlk Crafts Jlk Crafts on Oct 06, 2017
    I have just opened a business there I sell pet beds on line through "Go Daddy" I have had a lot of hits, no orders. My cat doesn't like the bed. I been looking online and I don't know what to do.

    • Maja R. Hammond Sokira Maja R. Hammond Sokira on Mar 14, 2022

      I feel bad you seem to have gone through that work and your cat doesn't like the bed. I feel animals are like people, they are individualists. I didn't like my first purple mattress and so I returned it. I do like the second. I think because it's not as hard. I am no expert but maybe look at your kitty bed in the same way. Maybe it's too hard or soft. Take some fluff out or add some more. Think all the stuff that you made the bed with what does it smell like? Maybe it's the smell that is driving your kitty away. I don't know how but us there someway to make your supplies smell like you? And the reason I say this is because I gave my kitties a old comforter something I use to use so it has my smell and now it's all matted with their fur. I tried to wash it twice and I dried it but that didn't work. I even dried it with pet drier sheets to take hair off your clothes. Nothing is taking the hair off the kitties comforter. I tried a lint brush, I tried wrapping duct tape around my hand and used it like a lint brush too. I have use a sweeper. I stretched it taunt and tried to sweep it. I sweep my steps covered with cat hair why won't this work too. But it doesn't for me. What do you do when your trying to clean up cat hair? I sweep every day Upstairs in the house. Maybe not as much with their comforter. Now that it's matted with hair I would like to clean it. The comforter is comfy and still in good shape I hate to toss it. It's soft like flannel and very comfy. Back to your issue I think it could be a smell issue. I have read when a animal goes missing to put a piece of clothing with your scent on it outside. I have read where people have had some success with this. It's just a idea. I hope it helps. My kitties when my contractors brought their ladders into my house and their tools my kitties would be sniffing everything up. That is why I am wondering if the smell of it might be driving them away. If you have it all together and it's too big to wash Maybe use it like a pillow or bean bag and put your scent on it and see what happens. Good luck!

  • Micki Micki on Mar 15, 2022

    This project was very well done and I understood it from the beginning. Can’t wait to try a couple or maybe even three because we have three dogs. It’s quite easy to do. I think you just have to pick the right top fabric so that it’s really comfortable and fuzzy like yours.