Dapper Doggie Dog Bed Tutorial

Posted by julia on Tuesday, April 29th, 2014

It's DAY 9 of the Riley Jake Union Jack Blog Tour and today I am going to show you how to make this adorable dog bed.

At Riley Blake, we LOVE bloggers. They provide a fantastic platform for the crafting/sewing community - keeping us sharing, creating and inspired.

So before I begin this tutorial, I have to give props to Dobleufa for the inspiration behind this Dapper Doggie Bed. Her blog is in Spanish, but she has translated much of it into English. I have made her floor cushions many times with much success and this doggie bed is just an oversized, simplified, loose interpretation of her already fantastic tutorial. Please take a look - you won't be sorry.

So let's begin!

Items you will need:

  • 2 Riley Blake Union Jack 1 Yard Panels
  • 1/2 Yard fabric for sides of cushion
  • Quilt Batting the same size or larger than each of your panels and sides
  • 2 yards 45" muslin
  • Heavy Duty Button Thread
  • An Upholstery Needle or Large Doll-Making Needle (the one I used measured approximately 5" long)
  • a 5lb. box of Polyester Fiberfill

Before putting the bed together, we are going to lightly "quilt" the top and bottom panels. The extra layer of batting and muslin will give the bed a little extra durability for doggy wear and tear. Lay the muslin out first, then top with the batting, and finally top with the panel.

Now pin the 3 layers together - everywhere! You really can't overdo it here. When you begin sewing the layers together, the fabric will want to wrinkle up, tug and shift. The pins will keep it nice and neat, so everything will stay where it belongs.

**At this point, you can choose to stop. As you can see, you have a basic, nice-looking dog bed. If you want to kick it up a notch, continue on.***

Adding a Tuft

***Again, at this point, you could stop and enjoy your beautiful finished project. ***

I chose to keep going and finish the edges using Dobleufa's tutorial, however, because the dog bed requires batting and is filled loosely, if you should chose to finish the edges following her tutorial, the edges will not look the same. They end up looking much the same as they would if, before stuffing the dog bed, you had sewn a 1" lip around the edges. The hand sewing takes time and does have a nice puckered look, but because of the reasons mentioned above, it will not have the rounded look of her more tailored floor cushions. I highly recommend her floor cushion tutorial if you want that tightly packed look and feel. I have made several and my family LOVES them.

But I digress! You can hop on over to Dobleufa's blog for detailed instructions on finishing the edge, or I have also include a few photos that will hopefully walk you through the final steps.

Thanks for following along. I hope your Doggy feels very dapper in his/her new Doggy Bed!

Be sure to check out all of the fabulous bloggers on our Union Jack Blog Tour here:






Tuesday 4/1 – Paula at The Sassy Quilter






Thursday 4/3 – Jina at Jina Barney Designz






Tuesday 4/8 – Karin at Leigh Laurel Studios






Thursday 4/10 – Marni at Haberdashery Fun






Tuesday 4/15 – Julia at My Fabric Obession






Thursday 4/17 – Molly at Rose and Odin






Tuesday 4/22 – Amanda at Jedi Craft Girl






Thursday 4/24 – Madame Samm at Sew We Quilt






Tuesday 4/29 – Julia at Riley Blake Designs




Thursday 5/1 – Ginny at Darling Adventures



  1. Love this project! We were just talking about a doggie bed for one of our pups last night and this design is perfect. Thank you for the great tutorial.
    by Lyn Kaufmann
    April 29th, 2014 at 9:05 a.m.
  2. Julia....a dog cushion in style for a pretty happy looking dog....wonderful tut my dear....you PINNED it perfectly..
    by mdm samm
    April 29th, 2014 at 2:43 p.m.
  3. Every dog should be so lucky!
    by Cindy
    April 29th, 2014 at 10:07 p.m.

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