Lap Dog Bed

How to Make the Perfect DIY Lap Dog Bed: 4 Steps

We beat ourselves up about not spending enough time with our dog, telling him off, or not having enough money to buy him his favorite treat. You look at him and it’s just there: that quick canine glance upward that says, “You let me down again.” We feel like bad friends as a result of it.

Does your dog ‘give guilt’ every time you leave for work? Or does he or she love lying on your lap so much that it’s hard to get anything done around the house? This DIY lap dog bed is a really clever solution for you…

Old Jeans Lap Dog Bed Samples

Make a no-sew lap dog bed/pillow so that he or she can always sit on your lap, even when you are not there!

Choose an old pair of jeans that you aren’t using anymore. If you can, wear them for an entire day before doing this project so that your scent stays on them. You can stuff it with old pillows if you have any, but you can also make use of your other old clothes.

With this cozy dog bed, you don’t have to worry about your pet crying all the while you’re out and busy!

Tips for making a DIY lap dog bed

1. Make a bed that will fit your dog

With the use of a measuring tape, make a rough estimate of your dog’s size when he’s comfortably sleeping. Make the dog bed with these dimensions and add a few inches to make it more comfortable to stretch out. Correct dimensions will surely help you build your dog’s resting area.

2. Determine the design to match your home

Select which material to use that will fit where you will place your dog’s bed. In this project, we will be using your old jeans.

3. Use old jeans

To make it affordable, why not make use of your old jeans? It’s comfy, sturdy and dogs like it since it’s from you. Just check out your dresser and you’ll see some pants that you no longer use. This will be totally a budget-friendly project.

Old Jeans Lap Dog Bed Samples

You can really improve the quality of your dog’s life by making a DIY dog bed. There’s just something so fun and comfortable about these beds! On these beds, your dog will enjoy sleeping, snuggling, and playing. Investing in it is the best thing you can do for your pet. BTW, this works for cats too. ;)

Do you need this clever lap dog bed?

You’ll need the following tools and materials to make your DIY lap dog bed.

  • a pair of Jeans
  • Old Belt
  • Old Pillows
  • Scissors

How to make a DIY lap dog bed

1. Tassling

To achieve the no-sew we still need to cap the leg ends of the jeans.

To do this you need to tassel the ends of the legs, each tassel should be about 10cm (3.5″) long.

Cut the tassels around the hem of each leg making sure there is an even amount – we’ll get on to that soon!

Lap Dog Bed
2. Knotting

You have to tie the tassels all in a knot…

You will need to take two opposing tassels and knot them together using a simple overhand knot.

When you knot the tassels together you will notice the last ones will be tight – this is OK.

Keep knotting until the jeans leg is completely sealed off so no stuffing will fall through.

Lap Dog Bed
3. Stuffing

Simply tear apart the pillows and stuff the jeans! You need to keep one of the pillows in tact and you can’t use feathered pillows!

Lap Dog Bed

When there are about pillows worth of stuff left to do on the waistline you can get the full pillow and use it as a cap – it works great!

Lap Dog Bed
4. Add a belt or string

Now all that is left to do is add a belt or a string to complete the cap and position your new pet bed!

You can also sew the bottom parts if you want to, this will surely avoid the stuffing from falling out.

Lap Dog Bed
Lap Dog Bed

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Thanks to JM1999 for this great project.

If you liked this project, you might also like to view the DIY donut dog bed…



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