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Easy No Sew DIY Pet Bed

Do you have an old suitcase you don’t use anymore? Maybe it’s taking up space in the garage or attic because you’ve since gotten yourselves some new luggage. Alternatively, you can find them on the cheap at rummage sales and flea markets. Once you have one in hand, turn it into this easy no sew DIY Pet Bed!

Easy No Sew Upcycled Suitcase Pet Bed

I love when I can recycle things and turn them into something useful like pet toys or beds. And, you just can’t beat this awesome idea for a pet bed!

This is a fun idea and the perfect bed size for small pets.

It is also a fun project that is inexpensive and is super useful.

My pups are always needing beds. Then again, when you have a whole house full of pups, well… you get the idea 🙂

These fun pet beds are not only for dogs. Cat owners may like this no-sew pet bed for their kitty friends to have their own special place!

Another reason I love this fun no-sew pet bed is there is no sewing required making it a quick and simple project!

I am NOT handy with a needle and thread but I know my way around a glue gun fairly well and love fun DIY and crafts for pets.

Easy No Sew Pet Bed made with Upcycled Suitcase!

Supplies you will need:

upcycled-suitcase-pet-bed

Old suitcase – Look for the hard shell type. They’re durable and can be wiped clean with a wet cloth.

1 package of cotton or poly pillow batting. You can also use fiberfill material or even an old bed pillow.

1 yard of fun fabric or piece of fabric (or approximate measurements for your suitcase size) in your choice of color and/or pattern. Animal prints are a cute print pattern and a fun choice!  Whatever you choose, make sure it is a fabric that will wash well. Fleece fabric is a cozy fabric choice. Also, heavy fabrics may work best.

Hot glue and glue gun

How to make this cute DIY dog bed:

1. Wash the suitcase well. For stubborn stains on the outside, a magic eraser works great.

For the inside, you can use baking soda or Febreeze to rid it of any musty odors.

Then use a spot treatment for any stains it may have.

upcycled-suitcase-pet-bed

2. To make it nice and full, fluff up your batting.

Place the batting inside the suitcase. Be sure and use enough batting so that it runs over the edges just a bit.

3. Lay your fabric over the pillow batting. Tuck the fabric into the sides so the top is nice and smooth.

upcycled-suitcase-pet-bed

4. Use hot glue to secure the fabric in place as the bed cover by applying the hot glue to the insides of the suitcase and pressing the fabric to it.

As the pet jumps in and out of the bed, you want the fabric used for the pillow cover to stay secure and not come out.

The hot glue will hold it in place.

5. I would suggest propping, and securing the lid so that your pet doesn’t accidentally get closed in the suitcase.

You can also remove the lid simply by removing the hardware that holds it on.

Otherwise, and if it fits your pet, the lid is great for adding embellishments such as toys, a mirror, or a pouch for grooming items.

***NOTE: If your pet loves to chew things, adding embellishments not be the best idea. You would be better off keeping it plain and simple.

Another plus for the lid is it’s great for traveling and vacations!

Just close the lid and your pet’s bed is packed!

For cleaning the pillow cover, you can spot-treat it. Or, if it needs fully washed, then gently pull the fabric from the sides of the suitcase.

Wash and then simply glue the fabric back into place.

Pretty nifty for an upcycled pet bed, right?

Print the instructions for this easy upcycled no sew pet bed!

Easy No Sew Upcycled Suitcase Pet Bed
Yield: 1 bed

No Sew Upcycled Suitcase Pet Bed

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Turn an old suitcase into a fun upcycled suitcase pet bed! It is a super easy project, takes only minutes, and your pup will love it!

Materials

  • Old suitcase – Look for the hard shell type. They're durable and can be wiped clean with a wet cloth.
  • 1 package of cotton or poly pillow batting. You can also use fiberfill material or even an old bed pillow.
  • 1 yard of fun fabric or piece of fabric (or approximate measurements for your suitcase size) in your choice of color and/or pattern. Animal prints are a cute print pattern and a fun choice!  Whatever you choose, make sure it is a fabric that will wash well. Fleece fabric is a cozy fabric choice. Also, heavy fabrics may work best.
  • Hot glue

Tools

  • Glue gun

Instructions

  1. 1Wash the suitcase well. For stubborn stains on the outside, a magic eraser works great.
  2. For the inside, you can use baking soda or Febreeze to rid it of any musty odors.
  3. Then use a spot treatment for any stains it may have.
  4. 2. To make it nice and full, fluff up your batting.
  5. Place the batting inside the suitcase. Be sure and use enough batting so that it runs over the edges just a bit.
  6. 3. Lay your fabric over the pillow batting. Tuck the fabric into the sides so the top is nice and smooth.
  7. 4. Use hot glue to secure the fabric in place as the bed cover by applying the hot glue to the insides of the suitcase and pressing the fabric to it.
  8. As the pet jumps in and out of the bed, you want the fabric used for the pillow cover to stay secure and not come out.
  9. The hot glue will hold it in place.
  10. 5. I would suggest propping, and securing the lid so that your pet doesn't accidentally get closed in the suitcase.
  11. You can also remove the lid simply by removing the hardware that holds it on.
  12. Otherwise, and if it fits your pet, the lid is great for adding embellishments such as toys, a mirror, or a pouch for grooming items.

Notes

  • Do not add embellishments if your pet is a chewer.
  • For cleaning the pet bed, you can spot-treat it. Or, if it needs fully washed, then gently pull the fabric from the sides of the suitcase. Wash and then simply glue the fabric back into place.

Janet Trieschman

Thursday 28th of April 2016

such a clever idea. please consider sharing your post with Creatively Crafty http://tryit-likeit.com/link-party-it

Jen @ upcyclednest

Monday 25th of April 2016

Cute idea! That's one lucky pet!

Denise/DIY Crush

Monday 25th of April 2016

This is very adorable!! I love reusing old things and suitcases can be found at thrift stores. Would love to see you at my craft party which is new Thursdays at 7pm EST. We pin every instructional post and share on other social media. Have a great rest of the week!

Shannon

Sunday 20th of September 2015

This is awesome and thank you for sharing this cute craft with us.

veronica lee

Monday 24th of August 2015

What a clever idea! Now why didn't I think of this!

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