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Easy No Sew Upcycled Suitcase Pet Bed

Do y’all have an old suitcase you don’t use anymore? Maybe it’s takin’ up space in the garage or attic because you’ve since gotten yourselves some new luggage. Or, what about them rummage sales and flea markets that my Lady likes goin’ to? She says ya can find an old suitcase for little of nothin’ at most of em. Well, did ya know you can make us furbabies a fun pet bed out of em?


My Lady is all about reusin’ and recyclin’ things. So, she was all over this project! She says it’s easy and fun! I’ll let her tell ya how it’s done!

So, here’s my Lady….

Check out this Easy and Fun No Sew Upcycled Suitcase Pet Bed!

Supplies you will need:


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 batting
1 yard of fabric in your choice of color and/or pattern. Choose a fabric that will wash well.
Hot glue and glue gun


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.


2. To make it nice and full, fluff up your batting. Place the batting inside of the suitcase. Be sure and use enough batting so that it runs over the edges just a bit.

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


4. Use hot glue to secure the fabric in place 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 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. This would not work for me as a dog bed, as my pups would chew whatever was put there 🙂 Another plus for the lid is it’s great for traveling and vacations! Just close the lid and your pets bed is packed!

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

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!


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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