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How to Make A Pet Bed Pillowcase

DIY Pet Bed Pillowcase

Pet Pillow Case "Princess" Design

Pet Pillow Case "Princess" Design

Easy DIY Pets Bed Pillowcases

Taking care of rescue animals requires a lot of things, but one thing I need on a regular basis is clean linens for each animal. This includes a covering for their beds.

In order for the beds to remain in good shape I have found placing them inside pillow cases really saves on buying new beds.

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Lookin' Pretty Good

My cat's seventeen year old bed still looks good.

My cat's seventeen year old bed still looks good.

Fleece Pet Bed

How I Began Making Pet Bed Pillow Cases

You can see from this photo that the bed is in pretty good shape, except for being a little smashed.

Do you know how old this bed is? Ten years old! I have been able to keep it looking good from regular washing and always having a clean pillowcase for it.

The first case that this bed had was from a lady who made pillowcases, and gave them to people for various kindnesses she received. Since she didn’t have a lot of money she would make all sorts of cases and give them as gifts.

One day my mother received two of them and gave them to me. They didn't match anything so I tried using them in my cats travel bags. Well, from there I started covering all their beds and it led to making them for rescue cats.

At first I bought pillowcases, but the price for one made it hard to have a sufficient amount on hand. Then I got to thinking about what that lady did and thought maybe I could make them for less money.

Cute Bear & Shape Designs

I can see the bears, but why they call the other one princess is beyond me.

I can see the bears, but why they call the other one princess is beyond me.

Selecting the Right Material

I looked for material that was on sale or at the end of the bolt and it was often discounted. You can pretty much find these any time, but they aren't always large enough pieces for the bed.

This past January I got up early to hit a sale at 6:30 am in order to get a good selection. I was able to get several yards of material and had it cut in one yard pieces. Having it already cut at the store saved me lots of time and assured it was cut evenly.

At $1.50 a yard I was able to make several new fun patterns for our little friends. The patterns I used were Scribble Bears 25 by Jennifer Sampov Textiles 100% cotton and Princess Fabric, Inc.

However, if you are looking for a specific designer, look or vintage pattern you may want to consider designers such as Michael Miller fabrics. They are usually pre-cut and come in 100% cotton, which is easy to wash and comfortable in the summer or winter for the pets.

Selecting the Material Pattern

Select a patterned material rather than a solid color. It doesn't show any damage to the case.

If it does become too bad, of course you will need to remove it for the pets safety.

Design by Michael Miller Fabrics

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Project Materials List

1 yard of material
thread
scissors
sewing machine
straight pins

Time Spent on Project

Time: 10-15 minutes to make one pillow case.

Step-by-Step Guide

The pillowcase will measure approximately 29 inches wide by 36 long. (Check to see what yours will be, because not all material is 29 inches wide.) These instructions are for making one case.

When you have it cut at one yard it is doubled on the bolt so you will already have it that size, but only have to make a top hem and sew the side seams. Easy, peazy.

Pre-Step Instructions

Wash and dry material before making the pillowcase. If needed iron it so it’s flat. It makes it easier to work with and removes any chemicals that might be harmful to your pet.

Select materials that are 100% cottons so they can be washed in a regular cycle and dried in the dryer. Silk material doesn't work well even though it's pretty. The pets snag their claws in it and the material runs. Plus it's cold in the winter.

Sewing the Opening Hem

Step 1

Make sure your folded yard of material measures 29 wide (horizontal) and 36 long (vertical) with a fold lengthwise. If your fold isn’t 36 inches long, you folded it the wrong way. (I used the 29 inch wide so it fits all the beds.)

Taking a one yard length (36 inches) of material fold it in half length wise so that one side of the pillowcase is on the fold. Doing it this way you don’t have to sew one side.

With the 29 inches at the top, open it up and lay it flat on a table.

The opening of the pillowcase is what we want to do first, and that is making an inside hem. Lay your fabric pattern side down on the table.

Measure in 3/4 of an inch to make the hem.

Measure in 3/4 of an inch to make the hem.

Step 2

Fold the material in (toward yourself) creating an inside hem of ¾ inch pinning it in place.

Put the pins in horizontally (see photo).

Do this all the way to the end of the material. You should have 58 inches of pinned material.

Step 3

Starting from the left, now fold that same hem over itself tucking the frayed part inside for hemming.

Take out the pin and now put it in vertically. Do this all the way to the end as well creating a new finished looking hem. (See photos below)

Your hem should be on the inside and the pins in position for sewing.

Step 4

Place your material under the sewing machine foot and sew in about one inch.

Push reverse and sew back one inch making the reinforced end stitches.

Then continue forward removing the pins as you sew.

Now the opening part of the pillow case is finished with the hem on the inside.

Sewing the Side and Bottom

Step 1

Fold material in half inside out making sure that the pattern is on the inside. Be sure the hemmed part is the opening and 29 inches wide. The length with the fold should be 36 inches.

Pin the side and bottom together making sure your corners match. (I didn’t need to do anything extra because the ends weren’t fraying, so I could sew the bottom.)

Helpful Tip

Tip – place the material one length of the machine guide foot. On my machine the foot is one inch long).

Sew forward about one inch then reverse to the end. Then go forward as usual.

Doing this reinforces your corners and ends by double stitching.

Step 2

Start sewing at the top where the opening is to make sure it is even.

Place the machine foot to the edge of the material and sew to the bottom of the case removing the pins as you go.

Pin Alert Safety

I sew up to the pin and take it out before continuing. Some people sew over the needle, but I don’t usually. It can break the needle if your pins are too thick.

See photo: Reverse and forward I did in white so you could see the stitching. You would use the color to match your material so it this wouldn't be showing.

Step 3

Turning the material continue sewing along the bottom of the pillowcase.

It doesn't matter if there is small fraying, it’s the inside bottom and won’t show.

Be sure to back stitch on the end openings. (See the inside and outside stitching photos above.)

Finished Pet Bed Pillowcase

Ready to go!

Ready to go!

Total Cost: $1.50

One pillowcase. Not bad for 15 minutes work! It would take me longer to shop for one.

Step 4

Make sure all the pins are removed from the material. Turn your pillowcase inside out with the pattern now on the outside.

Using the tip of the scissors (or a pencil) gently push out the corners. You can use your fingers, but the corners won’t be as sharp or crisp looking.

The finished product will be slightly smaller than your original measurements. It’s ready for your pet to try.

This pillowcase will fit small to large, round to oblong sized pet beds. With smaller beds simply fold the case over for more softness. Making one size case assures I can use it for any bed and I don’t have to sort through linens when I need one.

(Approximate finished size of this case is 22 ½ inches wide and 35 inches long.)

One Size Fits Most Pet Beds

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I Think She Likes It ...

I didn't even get a chance to put it in place and she was already on it ... success!

I didn't even get a chance to put it in place and she was already on it ... success!

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What ideas do you have for pet bedding?

Sp Greaney from Ireland on February 07, 2018:

What a great way to update an older item especially if it is still in good condition.

Fay Favored (author) from USA on January 20, 2016:

Seems I need to make more all the time. They really do cut on costs of replacing beds. Appreciate your visit RTalloni.

RTalloni on January 19, 2016:

This makes good sense! Just like we need fresh pillowcases for our health, indoor pets would too, and if they have good health ours is better. Thanks for the interesting and useful tutorial.

Fay Favored (author) from USA on December 06, 2015:

Hello aesta1 ... I really like making these, especially when I can get the material for $1.00. Thank God for January white sales :) So nice to see your beautiful smile. Blessings

Mary Norton from Ontario, Canada on December 06, 2015:

This suits fine my sewing skills and it is a lovely gift. I will try to make this for my friend's dog.

Fay Favored (author) from USA on October 13, 2015:

Thank you DDE for visiting. Hope this was useful to you.

Devika Primić from Dubrovnik, Croatia on October 11, 2015:

Helpful and well-advised thank you.

Fay Favored (author) from USA on May 15, 2015:

Lady_E thank you so much for your kind words. I try to make things as easy as possible for people so they can benefit from my articles.

Fay Favored (author) from USA on May 15, 2015:

poetryman6969 they really do like them. Seems I am in need of some more too. I try to pick colors and patterns that I like; it makes the task more rewarding.

Elena from London, UK on May 04, 2015:

Very creative and I absolutely love the way you presented it. The instructions are easy to follow.

Fay Favored (author) from USA on April 16, 2015:

pstraubie48 I can relate to you concerning Milo. LOL I'm sure you'll find lots of fun things to make on your new machine even if it's not for kitty. Appreciate your visit, pin and vote up.

poetryman6969 on April 16, 2015:

I love the colors and the design. Looks like your pet likes it too. Voted up.

Patricia Scott from North Central Florida on April 16, 2015:

Great step by step instructions. I have just been given (last year, but only have used it once to date) a new sewing machine . So I may just have to sew up some of these to give to friends. My Milo kitty is not interested in any pillow unless it is mine!!!

Pinning and sharing voted up++++

Angels are on the way to you this morning ps

Fay Favored (author) from USA on April 09, 2015:

Pawpawwrites price was a big factor in why I began making my own pillowcases for pets. Plus it's fun seeing the new designs and patterns. Good to see you again.

Fay Favored (author) from USA on April 09, 2015:

Pawpawwrites price was a big factor in why I began making my own pillowcases for pets. Plus it's fun seeing the new designs and patterns. Good to see you again.

Fay Favored (author) from USA on April 09, 2015:

Pawpawwrites price was a big factor in why I began making my own pillowcases for pets. Plus it's fun seeing the new designs and patterns. Good to see you again.

Jim from Kansas on April 09, 2015:

Cool idea, and you can't beat the price.

Fay Favored (author) from USA on April 03, 2015:

Thank you VioletteRose. I appreciate your visit and comment. It seems I need to make more since writing this :)

VioletteRose from Atlanta on March 31, 2015:

This is very useful and helpful to keep pet's bed clean, neat and beautiful. Your instructions are really easy to understand to make pet bed pillowcases!

Fay Favored (author) from USA on December 16, 2014:

Sylvestermouse thanks for visiting Cynthia; I was thinking of you this morning :) It does cut down on the big loads of washing the beds every week.

Fay Favored (author) from USA on December 16, 2014:

peachpurple That's a good idea. Older pets sometimes need some extra TLC and this would be nice.

Fay Favored (author) from USA on December 16, 2014:

Snakesmum the patchwork design works well. As a matter of fact I'm working on one for my sister's dog.

Cynthia Sylvestermouse from United States on December 16, 2014:

An excellent idea, great instructions and a wonderful way to keep the pet beds clean and fresh

peachy from Home Sweet Home on December 02, 2014:

i think i need to make a pet bed for my old cat. Thanks for the ideas

Snakesmum on December 01, 2014:

Sounds like a good idea to use up my left over material - a bit of extra work to sew smaller pieces together, but the cat won't mind a patchwork bed cover, I'm sure! :-)

Very clear instructions on making the covers.

Fay Favored (author) from USA on December 01, 2014:

Elsie Hagley all the kitties like them, but this one jumped ahead of the rest to make sure she got on it first. They don't take long to make and I really enjoy making them for the animals. Thanks for visiting me Elsie. Nice to see you.

Elsie Hagley from New Zealand on December 01, 2014:

Great job showcasing how you made it, a very handy pets bed pillowcase, easy to change when required for washing.

It certainly looks as though your cat likes it. Very cool.

CherylsArt on November 22, 2014:

You're welcome. It does seem like great minds think alike. : )

Fay Favored (author) from USA on November 22, 2014:

CherylsArt Seems great minds think alike :) The material on top of the cat condo is a good idea. Thanks for visiting and the tip.

CherylsArt on November 21, 2014:

That's a good idea. I have purchased some zippered pillow cases to cover some of our cats beds, and it really helps in keeping them clean. I've also draped some fuzzy material over the top of their cat condo to help keep that cleaner too.

Fay Favored (author) from USA on November 13, 2014:

Jeannieinabottle if your dog goes through the beds this may be a solution for you. I hope it works. Thanks for visiting and commenting.

Jeannie Marie from Baltimore, MD on November 13, 2014:

I think I need to start doing this. My dog goes through dog beds, pet bed covers, and pillows very quickly. This is a much better idea.

Fay Favored (author) from USA on November 11, 2014:

Susan Zutautas I was doing the same thing and washing the beds over and over. They get torn in the laundry and the stuffing comes out in the washer. What a mess. The pillow cases help save on the beds and I don't have to wash them as often. Good to see you Susan.

SandyMertens you can make these any size. I used baby crib sheets for large dogs. Thanks for visiting me. Always nice to see you.

Sandy Mertens from Frozen Tundra on November 10, 2014:

This is such a wonderful idea. At least for the smaller pets. Though I could still make one for my German Shepherd.

Susan Zutautas from Ontario, Canada on November 10, 2014:

What a great idea! I am forever taking off the covering for my dogs beds and washing them. Having them in a pillowcase would save the dog bed covering and make it last longer.

Fay Favored (author) from USA on October 09, 2014:

Jerzimom congrats on your new addition to the family. We cover the bed with a pillowcase though, not use it as a bed. Since pet beds can be pricey we cover to protect them so they'll last longer. Sorry if I didn't make this clear enough. It would be nice to have something special for your new little one.

Fay Favored (author) from USA on October 09, 2014:

Jerzimom congrats on your new addition to the family. We cover the bed with a pillowcase though, not use it as a bed. Since pet beds can be pricey we cover to protect them so they'll last longer. Sorry if I didn't make this clear enough. It would be nice to have something special for your new little one.

Cheryl Fay Mikesell from Mondovi, WI on October 09, 2014:

Since I just came into the pet world with a kitty. I love this idea of making a bed out of a pillowcase for our kitty (no name for her yet - still deciding). Great pet project!

Fay Favored (author) from USA on October 08, 2014:

tazzytamar I think they'll appreciate it. Laundry is a never ending thing in a shelter or vets.

Anna from chichester on October 08, 2014:

Brilliant idea! I'm going to make some of these for my local rescue centre :) thanks for the how-to!

Fay Favored (author) from USA on October 08, 2014:

Thank you Faith for your visit and kind works. Appreciate the thumbs up, tweet and pin. Blessings as well.

Fay Favored (author) from USA on October 08, 2014:

Thank you Faith for your visit and kind works. Appreciate the thumbs up, tweet and pin. Blessings as well.

Fay Favored (author) from USA on October 08, 2014:

Jackie I did the same thing, but the beds would still get dirty because they would come off. They really have to work at it to get the pillowcase off. Your blankets would work just as well for this project. Thanks for commenting.

Faith Reaper from southern USA on October 08, 2014:

How creative and so easy it seems! I love this idea. Great and useful hub here.

Thanks for sharing the great pics too.

Up +++ tweeting and pinning

Blessings

Jackie Lynnley from the beautiful south on October 08, 2014:

This looks really easy. I have bought baby blanket for years at yard sales for my cats and just spread it over their bedding but I may make pillow cases out of them. Don't know why I never thought to so thanks for the idea.