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5 Cozy DIY Dog Beds to Snuggle Up With

5 Cozy DIY Dog Beds to Snuggle Up With

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As much as I tried to fight it, it’s definitely Fall at Casa de Kolchak.

All the signs are here: rusty coloured trees, crunchy leaves and a definite chill to the air. It even smells like Autumn out there. Something about accepting that it’s fall just makes me want to curl up with my pups, a tasty pumpkin spice latte and a good book.

As some of you noticed last week, there is something odd going on in the Casa de Kolchak living room:


Outdoor Dog Bed by P.L.A.Y. <- Get it on Amazon (affiliate link)

 Yeah, you’re seeing that right, Koly has brought our fabulous outdoor dog bed inside. 

We’ve had a lot of dog beds at Casa de Kolchak over the years, but ever since our move last fall, Koly and Fe have been using a pair of hot pink floor cushions that I’ve had for over a decade. They graced my first apartment and they have this ridiculous sense of nostalgia attached to them. I’ve totally thought they were getting the job done, after all, both dogs lay on them, but when Koly started whining at the door to go lay on the deck, even when it was chilly out, I realized that maybe my dogs don’t like them as much as I do.

Look at Kol's face. I feel like he's threatening to shiv me.

Look at Kol’s face. I feel like he’s threatening to shiv me.

Over the years, the fabric has become pretty worn and shabby, the cushions have broken down giving them this wobbly, misshapen appearance and oh holy woof, are they ever getting grubby. You guys, dog beds need to have removable, washable covers. That’s like dog bed 101. :/ I’m fussy as heck though, so while I’m on the quest for the perfect dog beds to replace these, I just might break down and make a couple of these super cozy looking DIY Dog Beds. Besides, I’m kind of in love with the idea of having a few dog beds that we bring out seasonally!

5 Cozy DIY Dog Beds to Snuggle Up With

No Sew Dog Bed from Luigi and Me

Photo Credit: Luigi and Me via Pinterest

I had no idea that Isabelle, the awesome designer behind Dharf, an Aussie brand who makes some of the cutest doggie bow ties I’ve ever seen, also blogged until I stumbled across this super adorable fleece dog deb tutorial on the Pinterest. Perfect for those who can’t (or won’t) sew, this bed is super easy, extra soft and cozy and can be made to match any decor. Vaguely related: I have fallen head over heels in love with her dog.

Get the full instructions on how to make one for your dog at Luigi and Me.

Upcycled Sweater Bed from Pet Project Blog

Photo Credit: Pet Project Blog

Do you have a favourite old sweater – maybe a snuggly cable knit from a few winters ago or that old college sweat shirt you just can’t seem to throw out? I know you do. We  all  do. Breathe new life into an old favourite by converting it into and dog bed for your little dog.

It’s so easy and you can find all the instructions at Pet Project Blog.

Cozy Quilt Bed from Better Homes & Gardens

Photo Credit: Better Homes & Gardens

Is there anything cozier than a worn in old quilt? For years, we’ve had a couple patchwork quilts at the Lake house and now I’m contemplating stealing them and bringing a little bit of the lake home with me. Do you think my cousins would notice?

Get the free pattern on the Better Homes and Gardens website.

Fleecy Petal Bed from Sarah M. Dorsey Designs

Photo Credit: Sarah M. Dorsey Designs

I love the high sides, adorable accent ties and the way you can use a fabric that co-ordinates with your decor, along with a solid that works with your dog’s fur colour! This one takes a little more sewing skill, but it looks so cozy and worth it!

Find our how you can recreate this adorable petal bed at Sarah M. Dorsey Designs.

Snuggle Sack Blankie & Bed Combo from Kirby the Dorkie

Photo Credit: Kirby the Dorkie

If you aren’t following our friend Kirby (who is the cutest ever) then you are MISSING OUT. This blog is a treasure trove of doggy fabulous. I think Kolchak, who loves to snuggle under the blankies, would adore this two in one bed/blankie combo.

Find out how to make a Snuggle sack for your dog at Kirby the Dorkie.

Have you ever made a dog bed for your pups? What design did you use and how easy/hard did you find it?

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Jen Gabbard

Wednesday 8th of October 2014

I would not call myself a DIY person but those are really getting my wheels turning.. I need to make one :)


Saturday 11th of October 2014

Everyone can be DIY fabulous! I hope you try it.

It's Dog or Nothing

Wednesday 8th of October 2014

Oh. My. Gosh. That snuggle sack is the cutest thing EVER! The fluffies would never snuggle up in it, but I still want one! Maybe I'll sleep in it?


Saturday 11th of October 2014

THAT'S A GREAT IDEA! Forget Koly! I want a snuggle sack for ME.

Kirby the Dorkie

Monday 6th of October 2014

Thanks for sharing our DIY Snuggle Sack with such nice comments about me and our blog. I'm blushing and mama is very proud readng this on your awesome blog!!

Jen | DOGthusiast

Monday 6th of October 2014

Oh my gosh! Definitely a DIY bed, those look amazing! I have so much fleece and waterproof fabric and regular ol cotton I don't know what to do with it all (yes, yes I have a problem), so I will be trying some of these for sure. That quilted one looks amazing but oh my gosh I am so bad at precision cutting fabric... that should keep me busy and out of trouble for awhile :)


Saturday 11th of October 2014

Talk to me about your Waterproof fabrics. What do you have that you love? I need to make the boys new coats and I'm having trouble finding the tex fabrics I really want, but I'm reluctant to use PUL since it doesn't really breathe... teach me Obi Wan.

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