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How to Make a Comfy Pet Bed From an Old Shirt

Any project that lets you spoil your pets and upcycle old things at the same time is a great project indeed! If your pets are anything like ours, they probably snub the beds you buy them from the store and prefer to lay on your belongings instead. Embrace this habit by combining the two things!

Here’s an easy step-by-step tutorial of how you can make a comfy pet bed out of an old sweater.

You’ll need:

  • An old sweater or sweatshirt
  • Sewing pins.
  • Polyester or cotton stuffing.
  • A pillow (flatter pillows work better than very bulky ones).
  • Scissors.
  • A needle and thread (choose a color that matches your sweater if you want the threads to blend in, or a color that stands out against the sweater if you’d like some contrast).

Step 1:

Choose an old sweater

Choose an old sweater. Make sure it doesn’t have any large holes, or your stuffing might escape later, especially if your pet sleeps in the finished bed often. Think about the size of your pet. A small women’s sweatshirt might work well for a cat, but you’ll need a bigger garment for a larger dog.(Photo source: She Knows)

Step 2 and 3:

sewing pins

Using your sewing pins, pin the front and back of the sweater together along the neckline to mark out where you’ll sew the hole in the top of the sweater closed. Make sure you leave enough of an edge that your stuffing won’t burst through the next hole when you fill the bed.

Carefully sew along where you’ve pinned the neckline. If you’re hand sewing, keep your stitches as straight as even as possible. If you’re using a sewing machine, be careful not to hit any pins. Breaking a needle is never fun!(Photo source: Dana Made it)

Step 4:


Lay the sweater flat on its back and spread the arms out to the sides. Flatten out any wrinkles so the front and back of the sweater lay smooth and even.

Step 5: