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Make a Stylish No-Sew Dog Bed for Under $15

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Jessica
09.14.14

Where does your dog sleep? If your pet is past the kennel stage, but doesn’t have a bed to call their own, grab an old suitcase and give this DIY a shot! Use the luggage to upcycle an awesome, stylish bed for less than $20 … and then you can chuckle at the silly people paying upwards of $200 for the same look.  

Do you have a cat? We didn’t forget you! This is most definitely a feline-friendly bed, too (check out step #6 for specifics).

For this project you’ll need:

1. Clean the Suitcase

If your suitcase is clean, move on to step number two! If not, give the exterior a wipe down with white vinegar and a soft cloth. Make sure the interior of the suitcase is dust-free, too.

2. Place Pillow Inside Suitcase

Fluff it up a little bit. If your suitcase is large, you may want to opt for multiple pillows for your pup’s comfort.

3. Cut the Fabric to Size

Cut a swatch of fabric so it’s about two inches larger than the suitcase on all four sides. Tip: The best way to do this is to trace the suitcase beforehand, making sure that there is extra space on each side.

4. Wrap the Pillow

Cover the pillow with the fabric and then tuck the ends in as if you were tucking in your sheets as you make your bed.

5. Decorate with Toys, Signs and Treats

Now for the fun part! Toss all of your dog’s toys onto his or her bed. Add a sign. Maybe a banner. Fact: There is a direct correlation between the number of toys your dog owns and how much you love them. (The same goes for how much catnip you give your cats!)

 

 

 

6. Cat Owner? We Have a Little Somethin’ Extra for You!

Make the bed more cat-friendly by adding a scratch pad. To do that, buy a carpet strip from a carpet or hardware store. (It will cost about $5.) Tip: Get a carpet with a tight weave. If it’s too loose, the cat won’t be able to scratch it.

Put the suitcase over the strip and trace its exact size, then cut it out. Secure the remnant into the back of the suitcase. If it’s too loose, use upholstery glue to secure it in place.

 

 

 

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