Give Your Pet
A Place To Lounge
It’s sometimes hard to find pet pillows or beds that match your household decor. If you’re looking for a way to make your pet comfortable without forfeiting personal style, you’ll be glad to hear you don’t have to be a seamstress to make your own pet pillow. Follow these simple steps to enable your pet to lounge in style.
Gathering your supplies
Before starting, make sure you have all the supplies you'll need to make your simple pet pillow:
- A sheet of foam in the size and thickness you want your pet pillow to be
- Fabric to match your household decor in a length and width sufficiently long and wide enough to completely wrap around the sheet of foam
- Snap tape with snaps every ½ to 1 inch
- Thread or twine
- Sewing machine (optional)
- Dressmaker pins
Making the pet pillow
- Place the foam sheeting on top of the fabric and wrap the fabric length-wise around the foam so that the good side of the fabric is facing inward.
- Use the dressmaker pins to pin the fabric together along the sides of the foam, pulling the material taut around the foam. Make sure you leave one side open.
- Remove the foam sheeting from the fabric and hand sew or use your sewing machine to sew along the line of pins.
- Trim any excess fabric from the seams.
- Turn the material right-side out.
- Cut a piece of snap tape so that it's slightly shorter than the open end of the fabric.
- Stuff the foam sheeting back into the pet pillow.
- Fold the top piece of fabric down across the pillow's remaining opening and adhere one side of the snap tape to the outside of the fabric along the upper edge of the pillow.
- Trim any excess fabric from the top piece of fabric so that it does not hang down farther than the height of the pet pillow.
- Fold the bottom piece of fabric up across the pillow's remaining opening and adhere the other side of the snap tape to the inside of the fabric so that the opening snaps tight.
- Trim any excess fabric from the bottom piece of fabric so that it does not hang loose from the pet pillow.
- Hand sew a seam along any fabric edges that do not already have a seam in order to prevent fabric fraying.
For best results
While any fabric will work, it's best to use sturdier materials like canvas, faux leather or denim for this type of pet pillow. The snap opening will make cleaning your pet pillow a breeze, but if you're worried that your material might shrink in the washer or dryer, consider washing and drying the fabric before making your craft.