How to Sew & Stuff a Dog Pillow

by Kathryn Hatter

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    Pamper your pooch by sewing a special dog pillow using a brightly colored or patterned fabric. Your dog will reward your efforts by snuggling down in the soft comfort of this bed made especially for them. Even a person with limited sewing skills can easily sew the straight lines necessary to make a dog pillow.

    Step 1

    Determine what size dog pillow you want to make and cut two fabric rectangles in the dimensions you decide. A small dog pillow could be approximately 21 inches by 16 inches, a medium pillow would be 29 inches by 22 inches, large would be 34 inches by 29 inches and extra large would be 39 inches by 33 inches (a 1-inch seam allowance is included in each dimension).

    Step 2

    Place the two fabric rectangles together with the right sides facing each other. Match up the corners and sides and pin the two rectangles together to secure the pieces.

    Step 3

    Begin stitching the pillow together using a 1/2-inch seam allowance 3 inches away from one corner. Stop stitching when you are 1/2 inch away from the edge of the corner and pivot the sewing machine needle 90 degrees to turn the corner. Continue stitching around three sides and three corners. Stop stitching 3 inches after the last corner. Remove the pillow from the sewing machine.

    Step 4

    Fold over 1/2 inch of both the top and bottom fabric of the pillow along the opening. Iron these folds to create a finished edge along the opening.

    Step 5

    Turn the dog pillow right side out through the opening you didn't sew. Pull each corner out to make a sharp corner.

    Step 6

    Fill the dog pillow with fiberfill until it is as firm or as soft as you want. Make sure the fiberfill reaches into all four corners.

    Step 7

    Thread the needle with a 15-inch length of double thread. Hand stitch the opening closed with the needle and thread using a whip stitch.

    Items You Will Need

    • Sturdy fabric, 1 yard
    • Tape measure
    • Scissors
    • Pins
    • Sewing machine
    • Matching thread
    • Iron
    • Fiberfill
    • Hand sewing needle


    • Some dog owners may prefer to stuff the dog pillow with a different material. Cedar chips, shredded newspaper and small rodent bedding are all other options for filling the dog pillow.

    Photo Credits

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    About the Author

    Kathryn Hatter is a veteran home-school educator, as well as an accomplished gardener, quilter, crocheter, cook, decorator and digital graphics creator. As a regular contributor to Natural News, many of Hatter's Internet publications focus on natural health and parenting. Hatter has also had publication on home improvement websites such as Redbeacon.