No-Sew Dog Pillows And Dog Beds

Destin and his many new dog pillows. Is your dog in need of a cushy new pillow or dog bed?

Here’s a simple idea that worked for us.

It’s a no-sew way to make your very own dog pillow — that cost next to nothing!

As I mentioned earlier, you could revive an old pet bed by making a new cover for an old doggie pillow.

Or… you could try this:

Make your own dog pillow for just a couple of bucks!

Word of advice: Visit a local thrift store — like the Goodwill Store.

That’s what I did.

You’ll not only save a bundle, but you can also find a bunch of different styles and colors all in one place.


No-Sew Dog Pillows You Can Make Yourself

1. Purchase a large, no-frills pillow sham (a cover for larger sized pillows used in the master bedroom).

Three brand new pillow cases, draped over a dog crate.

New, these sell for $20 to $40 (…believe it or not). But at Goodwill, I found these three (and plenty more) for only 99 cents each! The day I went, all green tags happened to be an additional 50% off, so I scored THREE pillow shams for just $1.50.

I would venture to guess that you could find some really good deals on clearance racks at most department stores, and at quality discount stores like Steinmart, TJMaxx, Marshalls, etc. But nothing beats “less than a dollar” from thrift stores like the Goodwill Store!

2. Inside the pillow sham place one of the following:

  • one old bed pillow
  • two old decorator sofa pillows
  • batting for “fill”
  • an old dog pillow or liner that you already have

Two new dog pillow covers which made brand new dog beds for our 2 dogs.

If you can’t find an old bed pillow or a couple of small decorative pillows lying around the house, then you’ll want to purchase something similar — for cheap — elsewhere.

At the Goodwill Store, I found a “gently used” full-size bed pillow for $1. They also had 2 cushy sofa/chair pillows for $1 each.

You could also use some good old-fashioned batting that you might have lying around the house. (You may want to layer it inside an old standard pillowcase first — because pillow shams don’t typically close perfectly shut. Instead, the material on the back kind-of “layers” itself shut.)

Destin with too many dog pillows. Or, if you have an old egg-crate style foam mattress cover or foam pillow… you could cut it to fit perfectly inside the pillow sham.

I ended up stuffing an old dog pillow inside one of them, and a regular “gently used” bed pillow in the other one.

That’s it! Some viable options for a do-it-yourselfer who wants to make a comfy pet bed for your dog to enjoy.


How To Sew An Even Fluffier Dog Pillow

I must admit, I also purchased a “gently used” bed comfortor from the Goodwill Store (because I loved the design and thought it would make an adorable pet bed), but I returned it the next day because I didn’t want to go through with the minor “sewing” part.

Here was my theory: Old Comforter Turned Dog Bed Cover

Our dog... back in the day when we used to let him up on our bed. FYI:  This is not he comforter I purchased, then returned. You could use an old bed comforter — that has some batting in it to make it slightly “cushy” — or buy one for cheap from a thrift store. (At the Goodwill Store, I found one I liked for $10, and of course the size is basically irrelevant.)

I had initially planned to “wrap” the comforter (cut to size) around an old pet bed I have that’s old and discolored. My dogs still love it — probably because it’s thicker than most, and oversized.

I figured this would add a nice layer of plush cushiness to an already comfy dog bed. Of course, you would have to cut it to size and then sew it shut on at least three sides — all of which overwhelmed the non-sewer in me.

Then, I thought, “Well I like the pattern to much on this particular comforter, and it was cheap enough ($10), and it would make such a cute dog bed, that I may go so far as to rip the seams from one side of the comforter and just place my dog pillow inside — on top of the batting itself. This way, I would only need to sew TWO sides — you may have to “see” this to grasp what I’m talking about. But just trust me on the fact that you’d still have to be handy with the sewing machine to make this option work.

This is not the comforter I purchased... but it is a good example of how comfortable dogs think comforters are! Finally, even though I ended up returning the cute comforter that I’d purchased for this project, I had yet another “frugal” idea:

Just imagine how many individual pet beds you could make from one single comforter! By using one, or both of the methods mentioned above… OR simply by folding the comforter over in half one or two times then sewing together the layers to make thick “pads” for your dog’s bedding.

Ah, the possibilities are endless! You are only limited by your imagination (…and your willingness — or ability — to sew).

Check out this video showing how to make a pet bed from an old pillowcase and some polyester fiberfil.

Or, you could just use old socks & an old pillowcase to make your dog a bed!

Lynnette Walczak

Lynnette Walczak

I like to help people find unique ways to do things in order to save time & money -- so I frequently write about "outside the box" ideas that most wouldn't think of. As a lifelong dog owner, I often share my best tips for living with and training dogs. I worked in Higher Ed several years until switching gears to pursue things I was more passionate about. I've worked at a vet, in a photo lab, and at a zoo -- to name a few. I enjoy the outdoors via bicycle, motorcycle, Jeep, or RV. You can always find me at the corner of Good News & Fun Times as publisher of The Fun Times Guide (32 fun websites).

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