My sister, Elizabeth, is an amazing sewer - definitely a lot better than me! She recently made a dog bed for one of our good friend's dog, Sierra. The best part of all: the entire project was FREE! All of the fabrics were hand-me-downs from our grandmother and from a friend’s grandmother.
Check out her tutorial:
Step 1: Select coordinating fabrics
Step 2: Iron fabric
Step 3: Cut fabric to the appropriate shape and size. I did a rectangle for the bed and a dog bone for the accent.
Step 4: Pipe a contrasting color around the edges of the accent (dog bone). You will need to use a lot of pens to secure the piping.
Step 5: Sew on the piping and the dog bone to the main background.
Step 6: Use the same fabric as the accent for the ruffles on the side. Fold the into a long rectangle- about double the length. Run a loose needle & thread through the top and pull the thread to create a ruffle.
Step 7: Pin the ruffle on the inside of the pillow (inside out). Sew all the edges leaving a small opening for the batting.
Step 8: Turn the pillow right side out. Fit the batting to the size of the pillow and then stuff inside.
Step 9: Sew the opening closed.