DIY Recycled Travel Dog Bed Tutorial

Pet lovers, I have a DIY project you can make using things you probably have laying around your home. You only need 2 products besides your scissors and a measuring tape. Every spring I buy new pillows and what better way to recycle my old ones than with some cute and comfy dog beds? I’ve got some out of town trips coming up and while I usually take Peanut everywhere, he’s going to have to stay at a local kennel for about 5 days for one of them. I wanted to make something that would help him with the transition of being away from mommy, that would make him feel like he was at home and that he could sleep on, so, I decided to cut up one of his favorite flannel blankets and make a travel dog pillow for him. I’m letting him sleep on it now so by the time I leave, he’ll feel comforted by his bed. When we get back, I can throw it in the wash. His 2 best doggie buddies will be with him so I kept that in mind when designing the dog bed. They all 3 love to pile in the same dog bed so I already know they’ll all be piled up on the pillow. And that’s okay, all 3 of them are Chihuahuas and tiny little things so a standard size pillow was a perfect choice.

DIY Recycled Travel Dog Bed Tutorial

I got this idea off of Pinterest and if you click on my link, you’ll find hundreds of ideas to make DIY Recycled Travel Dog Beds of every sort and size.

Today’s dog bed is easy, no sew, and of course, when you use recycled products, you help save our landfills.

The goods:

  • Standard size pillow (don’t use polyfill because when you wash it, it will come out in between strips)
  • 1 fleece blanket (I made the mistake of using an old sheet as well as an old beach towel once and learn from my mistakes because I had strings everywhere)
  • Scissors
  • Measuring tape

    Cut fleece blanket in half. Cut off edging. Peanut is not making this easy for me.

    DIY Recycled Travel Dog Bed Tutorial

    DIY Recycled Travel Dog Bed Tutorial

    DIY Recycled Travel Dog Bed Tutorial

    With both pieces together, cut corners off, 5 inches on the long side and 4 inches on the short.

    DIY Recycled Travel Dog Bed Tutorial

    With both pieces still together, cut 1-inch strips all the way around.

    DIY Recycled Travel Dog Bed Tutorial

    Add pillow in between both pieces of flannel. Peanut continues to hinder my project.

    DIY Recycled Travel Dog Bed Tutorial

    Tie top and bottom pieces together in knots, all the way around.

    DIY Recycled Travel Dog Bed Tutorial

    That’s it. Happy dog, happy life.

    DIY Recycled Travel Dog Bed Tutorial

    DIY Recycled Travel Dog Bed Tutorial

    I wash my pillows on delicate cycle and hang them out on the clothesline. I’ve never tried putting them in the dryer, so I am not sure how they’ll fair in one. If you decide to make your own DIY Recycled Travel Dog Bed, I’d love to see your finished product in the below comments.

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    14 Comments

    1. HilLesha

      May 11, 2017 at 11:14 pm

      How adorable! I know that my dog would love and appreciate something like this. Best of all, sewing is not required!

    2. Jeni Hawkins

      May 11, 2017 at 9:23 am

      This is such a cute idea! I know that my pups would definitely love it.

    3. Emma spellman

      May 10, 2017 at 11:05 pm

      Awww it came out so cute. I will share this with my bestie she fosters dogs and I am sure this would come in handy.

    4. The Cubicle Chick

      May 10, 2017 at 9:27 pm

      Now, this is too cute. Thank you for sharing, I’m sure pet owners will get a kick out of this craft. – yolonda

    5. uprunforlife

      May 10, 2017 at 2:06 pm

      My yorkie usually sleeps on an old throw pillow unless he is curled up next to someone. At night he sleeps in the bed with my son. I wish he could sleep in our bed but that is something that my hubby won’t allow.

    6. Dogvills

      May 9, 2017 at 11:31 pm

      What a brilliant idea. This looks so easy to make. I want to do this project for my fur babies.

    7. Jennifer Pilgrim

      May 9, 2017 at 10:19 pm

      Your pup looks so comfy on his pretty pillow! My little one would love this fun diy.

    8. Kelly Hutchinson

      May 9, 2017 at 7:00 pm

      What a great idea! This looks so simple to make. I need to do this for my daughter when her dogs come over for a visit.

    9. Stacie @ Divine Lifestyle

      May 9, 2017 at 6:28 pm

      That is so cute! I need to make one of these for each of my guys. It looks so easy to do.

    10. Marcie W.

      May 9, 2017 at 6:10 pm

      This is such a cute idea and totally great to bring along on the go! I appreciate how easily it can be customized too.

    11. Mandee

      May 9, 2017 at 4:19 pm

      What a great idea! I’ll keep this in mind for our pup!

    12. Heather

      May 9, 2017 at 3:56 pm

      What a clever idea! I love DIY projects and I think this is one I could actually make!

    13. Mommy Moment

      May 9, 2017 at 2:57 pm

      I love this dog bed pillow! Perfect for kids to make too, since there is no sewing.

      1. Terri Beavers

        May 9, 2017 at 2:59 pm

        The kids might like making heart shaped pillows for themselves too.

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