No Sew Pet Bed

Home-Made Pet Bed

Part of our basic standards of care is to provide each cat and dog with a soft blanket or bed on which to sleep on. We use a variety of items throughout the shelter, including towels, blankets and fleece, but the best possible item is a home-made pet bed. We’ve created the following tutorial to help you make just that – a soft and easy to wash bed that a cat or dog will be sure to enjoy.


  • Fleece: 2 yards
  • Ruler
  • Scissors

Time to create: 

  • Each No-Sew Dog Bed is a one-hour project
  • Each No-Sew Cat Bed is a 30-minute project


  1. Cut two 58 x 36 inch rectangles to make a dog bed or 29 x 18 inch rectangles for a cat bed. Lay the two pieces on top of one another.
  2. Cut 1 inch wide strips around the whole perimeter of the fabric (the cuts should go several inches in). Slice both layers at once.
  3. Take one strip from the top layer and tie it to the corresponding strip beneath, creating a secure knot.
  4. Tie the knots for all four edges.

To download a set of pictorial instructions click here.