Flannel Dog Bed Tutorial

Flannel Blog Tour

Dog Bed

Today is my stop on Riley Blake Designs Flannel Blog Tour and I have a super quick and easy Dog Bed Tutorial to share with you!

If you are like me and you have little pups around your sewing room, you know they love to lay on any quilty thing they can find! So when Riley Blake asked what I wanted to make for the Flannel Blog Tour I knew right away my pups would love to snuggle up on something flannel. So some cuddly doggy beds of their very own were in the works!

I used Riley Blake Designs “Oh Boy” by Lori Whitlock, 100% cotton flannel in Boy Swirls.

What you will need:

1/4 yd. Boy Swirls Aqua Flannel

1/4 yd. Boy Swirls Orange Flannel

1 yd. Boy Swirls Gray Flannel

1 standard size bed pillow( you can get the really cheap ones at Target, 2 for $7.)


Dog Bed

Cut 5 – 5.5″  Orange Flannel squares.

Cut 5 – 5.5″ Aqua Flannel squares.

Cut 10 – 5.5″ Gray Flannel squares.

Use the layout above to begin assembling your dog bed top.

Dog Bed

Piece your rows together, pressing each row in the alternating directions.

Dog Bed

Then join your rows together. Your seams should nest together helping you to keep things lined up!

Dog Bed

Cut 1 – 20.5″ x 25.5″ rectangle for the backing of your dog bed in the Gray Flannel.

Lay the backing and top right sides together an pin along all four sides. Sew a 1/4″ seam around the sides, leaving one side mostly open to insert the pillow later.

Dog Bed

On the side you leave open…..stitch just an inch or two past the corner and backstitch. This will keep the corner from trying to tear open while squeezing the pillow in.

Dog Bed

Insert your pillow. These inexpensive pillows are not so great for us people, but perfect for the dog bed. That way when they get a little funky you don’t feel bad tossing them!

Dog Bed

Fold the edges in and pin in place so you can stitch the opening closed. You can hand stitch this closed or use your machine. It is a bit of a squeeze getting this under the needle, but is pretty quick. Since it IS just a dog bed I wasn’t too worried if it got a little wonky, so I did it on my machine!

Dog Bed

Presto! Done……Hey, I’m thinking this makes pretty cool people pillows too:)

Dog Bed

Gus-Gus approved! …..I actually had to force my little pups to get on this thing, lol! Turns out yelling at them for even coming near most of my projects has made them a little fearful. Such a mean mommy I am:) Sorry pups. FYI… I have 2 pups, Gus-Gus and Little O, they are part dachshund and part jack russell terrier.

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If you want to know what other fun things you can do with flannel…

Make sure you check out all the other stops on the Flannel Tour!

September 5th through October 23rd
9/5 Julia @ Riley Blake Designs
9/9 Deonn @ Quiltscapes
9/12 Bonnie @ Fishsticks Designs
9/23 Paula @ The Sassy Quilter
9/26 Liz @ Simple Simon & Co.
9/30 Heidi @ Fabric Mutt
10/3 Carol @ Just Let Me Quilt
10/7 Amanda @ Jedi Craft Girl
10/10 Rose @ Rose and Odin
10/14 Samm @ Sew We Quilt
10/17 Marni @ Haberdashery Fun
10/21 Karin @ Leigh Laurel Studios
10/24 Lindsay @ The Cottage Mama
10/28 Sara @ Flannel Queen
10/31 Lucy @ Lucy Blaire

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  1. Such a sweet and pampered looking pup on that adorable bed…nice job! My dogs would love this, especially if I put it on my bed where they usually sleep.

  2. Gus-Gus is such a sweetie! And looks so cute and comfortable on his new doggie bed. I am a Jack Russell fan. What a great combo – Jack and Dach.

  3. Wes has been telling me I need to make a quilt for Ben…This will be perfect! Now to just find the perfect pup flannel:)

  4. Paula, what a great idea – looks like your little pooch loves it!

  5. That turned out really cute. I don’t have a dog but that pillow could be used lots of places.

  6. That is a great idea! I have a lot of extra flannel in my fabric stash. I will have to give this a try.

  7. HI Paula…just did a reminder to everyone….now how sweet a flannel cushion…just like velcro to hold all your pooches hair…

  8. Isn’t Gus-Gus just the cutest thing! I’d made some pet cushions out of some of my son’s old flannel baby blankets. Animals certainly love flannel! I don’t have any more baby blankets, so the next time I ned some pet cushions, I’ll have to give this a try.

  9. Mary Ann Maciel says:

    Had to laugh, they will get on everything except what they are allowed on. Cushion turned out great, love the colors.

  10. What a cute dog bed! Gus-Gus is an adorable little guy!

  11. Cute! What about using all your sewing scraps as stuffing instead of a purchased pillow?

  12. so cute, and the bed is cute too!!!!


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