How to Sew & Stuff a Dog Pillow

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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.


  • 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.

Items You Will Need

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