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How to Make A Pet Bed Pillowcase

Updated on January 24, 2017

DIY Pet Bed Pillowcase

Pet Pillow Case "Princess" Design
Pet Pillow Case "Princess" Design | Source

Easy DIY Pets Bed Pillowcases

Taking care of rescue animals requires a lot of things, but one thing I need on a regular basis is clean linens for each animal. This includes a covering for their beds.

In order for the beds to remain in good shape I have found placing them inside pillow cases really saves on buying new beds.

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Lookin' Pretty Good

My cat's ten year old bed still looks good.
My cat's ten year old bed still looks good. | Source

Fleece Pet Bed

Precision Pet 1000 Fleece Crate Bed 18 in. x 12 in.
Precision Pet 1000 Fleece Crate Bed 18 in. x 12 in.

Comes in x-small to jumbo sizes.

Dog or Cat fleece bedding.

 

How I Began Making Pet Bed Pillow Cases

You can see from this photo that the bed is in pretty good shape, except for being a little smashed.

Do you know how old this bed is? Ten years old! I have been able to keep it looking good from regular washing and always having a clean pillowcase for it.

The first case that this bed had was from a lady who made pillowcases, and gave them to people for various kindnesses she received. Since she didn’t have a lot of money she would make all sorts of cases and give them as gifts.

One day my mother received two of them and gave them to me. They didn't match anything so I tried using them in my cats travel bags. Well, from there I started covering all their beds and it led to making them for rescue cats.

At first I bought pillowcases, but the price for one made it hard to have a sufficient amount on hand. Then I got to thinking about what that lady did and thought maybe I could make them for less money.

Cute Bear & Shape Designs

I can see the bears, but why they call the other one princess is beyond me.
I can see the bears, but why they call the other one princess is beyond me. | Source

Selecting the Right Material

I looked for material that was on sale or at the end of the bolt and it was often discounted. You can pretty much find these any time, but they aren't always large enough pieces for the bed.

This past January I got up early to hit a sale at 6:30 am in order to get a good selection. I was able to get several yards of material and had it cut in one yard pieces. Having it already cut at the store saved me lots of time and assured it was cut evenly.

At $1.50 a yard I was able to make several new fun patterns for our little friends. The patterns I used were Scribble Bears 25 by Jennifer Sampov Textiles 100% cotton and Princess Fabric, Inc.

However, if you are looking for a specific designer, look or vintage pattern you may want to consider designers such as Michael Miller fabrics. They are usually pre-cut and come in 100% cotton, which is easy to wash and comfortable in the summer or winter for the pets.

Selecting the Material Pattern

Select a patterned material rather than a solid color. It doesn't show any damage to the case.

If it does become too bad, of course you will need to remove it for the pets safety.

Design by Michael Miller Fabrics

Let's Get Started >>>

Project Level - Easy

Very simple basic sewing for first level students or beginners.

Project Materials List

1 yard of material
thread
scissors
sewing machine
straight pins

Time Spent on Project

Time: 10-15 minutes to make one pillow case.

Step-by-Step Guide

The pillowcase will measure approximately 29 inches wide by 36 long. (Check to see what yours will be, because not all material is 29 inches wide.) These instructions are for making one case.

When you have it cut at one yard it is doubled on the bolt so you will already have it that size, but only have to make a top hem and sew the side seams. Easy, peazy.

Pre-Step Instructions

Wash and dry material before making the pillowcase. If needed iron it so it’s flat. It makes it easier to work with and removes any chemicals that might be harmful to your pet.

Select materials that are 100% cottons so they can be washed in a regular cycle and dried in the dryer. Silk material doesn't work well even though it's pretty. The pets snag their claws in it and the material runs. Plus it's cold in the winter.

Sewing the Opening Hem

Step 1

Make sure your folded yard of material measures 29 wide (horizontal) and 36 long (vertical) with a fold lengthwise. If your fold isn’t 36 inches long, you folded it the wrong way. (I used the 29 inch wide so it fits all the beds.)

Taking a one yard length (36 inches) of material fold it in half length wise so that one side of the pillowcase is on the fold. Doing it this way you don’t have to sew one side.

With the 29 inches at the top, open it up and lay it flat on a table.

The opening of the pillowcase is what we want to do first, and that is making an inside hem. Lay your fabric pattern side down on the table.

Measure in 3/4 of an inch to make the hem.
Measure in 3/4 of an inch to make the hem. | Source

Step 2

Fold the material in (toward yourself) creating an inside hem of ¾ inch pinning it in place.

Put the pins in horizontally (see photo).

Do this all the way to the end of the material. You should have 58 inches of pinned material.

Step 3

Starting from the left, now fold that same hem over itself tucking the frayed part inside for hemming.

Take out the pin and now put it in vertically. Do this all the way to the end as well creating a new finished looking hem. (See photos below)

Your hem should be on the inside and the pins in position for sewing.

Pinning the opening hem.

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Close up of both folded and not folded yet.  See the directions of the straight pins?
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Close up of both folded and not folded yet.  See the directions of the straight pins?
Close up of both folded and not folded yet. See the directions of the straight pins? | Source

Ready to Sew the Hem

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Sew one inch in and then reverse to the end.  Then go forward again slowly creating a straight stitch.
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Sew one inch in and then reverse to the end.  Then go forward again slowly creating a straight stitch.
Sew one inch in and then reverse to the end. Then go forward again slowly creating a straight stitch. | Source

Step 4

Place your material under the sewing machine foot and sew in about one inch.

Push reverse and sew back one inch making the reinforced end stitches.

Then continue forward removing the pins as you sew.

Now the opening part of the pillow case is finished with the hem on the inside.

Finish Sewing the Hem Removing the Pins As You Sew

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Sew as closely to the seam as possible, keeping the fold as your guide.Remove pins right before the foot gets near it.  Make sure to put them in the pincushion as you remove them..Sew to the end and then back stitch one inch and go forward againSee the double stitching?  It will hold t he corners better.
Sew as closely to the seam as possible, keeping the fold as your guide.
Sew as closely to the seam as possible, keeping the fold as your guide. | Source
Remove pins right before the foot gets near it.  Make sure to put them in the pincushion as you remove them.
Remove pins right before the foot gets near it. Make sure to put them in the pincushion as you remove them. | Source
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Sew to the end and then back stitch one inch and go forward again
Sew to the end and then back stitch one inch and go forward again | Source
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See the double stitching?  It will hold t he corners better.
See the double stitching? It will hold t he corners better. | Source

Sewing the Side and Bottom

Step 1

Fold material in half inside out making sure that the pattern is on the inside. Be sure the hemmed part is the opening and 29 inches wide. The length with the fold should be 36 inches.

Pin the side and bottom together making sure your corners match. (I didn’t need to do anything extra because the ends weren’t fraying, so I could sew the bottom.)

The Double Back Stitching

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Close up of the one inch corner stitch is thicker.Normally you would use the color to match the material. I used white for demonstration purposes.
Close up of the one inch corner stitch is thicker.
Close up of the one inch corner stitch is thicker. | Source
Normally you would use the color to match the material. I used white for demonstration purposes.
Normally you would use the color to match the material. I used white for demonstration purposes. | Source

Helpful Tip

Tip – place the material one length of the machine guide foot. On my machine the foot is one inch long).

Sew forward about one inch then reverse to the end. Then go forward as usual.

Doing this reinforces your corners and ends by double stitching.

Step 2

Start sewing at the top where the opening is to make sure it is even.

Place the machine foot to the edge of the material and sew to the bottom of the case removing the pins as you go.

Pin Alert Safety

I sew up to the pin and take it out before continuing. Some people sew over the needle, but I don’t usually. It can break the needle if your pins are too thick.

See photo: Reverse and forward I did in white so you could see the stitching. You would use the color to match your material so it this wouldn't be showing.

Step 3

Turning the material continue sewing along the bottom of the pillowcase.

It doesn't matter if there is small fraying, it’s the inside bottom and won’t show.

Be sure to back stitch on the end openings. (See the inside and outside stitching photos above.)

Sewing the Side & Bottom Seams

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This is the top hem of the case. The opening where you insert the pillow.  Don't pin the open part, but pin corners together.Pin the ends together. Make sure the material is inside out.Sew on the inside of the pinned edges.With the needle still down, lift the foot and turn the material to continue sewing.Continue down the side and the bottom of the pillowcase.Don't worry if there is a small amount of fraying along the bottom, it won't be seen Your pet pillow case is finished.
This is the top hem of the case. The opening where you insert the pillow.  Don't pin the open part, but pin corners together.
This is the top hem of the case. The opening where you insert the pillow. Don't pin the open part, but pin corners together. | Source
Pin the ends together. Make sure the material is inside out.
Pin the ends together. Make sure the material is inside out. | Source
Sew on the inside of the pinned edges.
Sew on the inside of the pinned edges. | Source
With the needle still down, lift the foot and turn the material to continue sewing.
With the needle still down, lift the foot and turn the material to continue sewing. | Source
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Continue down the side and the bottom of the pillowcase.
Continue down the side and the bottom of the pillowcase. | Source
Don't worry if there is a small amount of fraying along the bottom, it won't be seen
Don't worry if there is a small amount of fraying along the bottom, it won't be seen | Source
Your pet pillow case is finished.
Your pet pillow case is finished. | Source

Finished Pet Bed Pillowcase

Ready to go!
Ready to go! | Source

Total Cost: $1.50

One pillowcase. Not bad for 15 minutes work! It would take me longer to shop for one.

Step 4

Make sure all the pins are removed from the material. Turn your pillowcase inside out with the pattern now on the outside.

Using the tip of the scissors (or a pencil) gently push out the corners. You can use your fingers, but the corners won’t be as sharp or crisp looking.

The finished product will be slightly smaller than your original measurements. It’s ready for your pet to try.

This pillowcase will fit small to large, round to oblong sized pet beds. With smaller beds simply fold the case over for more softness. Making one size case assures I can use it for any bed and I don’t have to sort through linens when I need one.

(Approximate finished size of this case is 22 ½ inches wide and 35 inches long.)

One Size Fits Most Pet Beds

This case will fit round or rectangular fleece type pet beds from x-small to jumbo.

Fold it under for smaller beds for more support.

One Size Fits Most Pet Beds

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I Think She Likes It ...

I didn't even get a chance to put it in place and she was already on it ... success!
I didn't even get a chance to put it in place and she was already on it ... success! | Source

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      Fay Favored 16 months ago from USA

      Seems I need to make more all the time. They really do cut on costs of replacing beds. Appreciate your visit RTalloni.

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      RTalloni 16 months ago from the short journey

      This makes good sense! Just like we need fresh pillowcases for our health, indoor pets would too, and if they have good health ours is better. Thanks for the interesting and useful tutorial.

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      Fay Favored 17 months ago from USA

      Hello aesta1 ... I really like making these, especially when I can get the material for $1.00. Thank God for January white sales :) So nice to see your beautiful smile. Blessings

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      Mary Norton 17 months ago from Ontario, Canada

      This suits fine my sewing skills and it is a lovely gift. I will try to make this for my friend's dog.

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      Fay Favored 19 months ago from USA

      Thank you DDE for visiting. Hope this was useful to you.

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      Devika Primić 19 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Helpful and well-advised thank you.

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      Fay Favored 2 years ago from USA

      Lady_E thank you so much for your kind words. I try to make things as easy as possible for people so they can benefit from my articles.

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      Fay Favored 2 years ago from USA

      poetryman6969 they really do like them. Seems I am in need of some more too. I try to pick colors and patterns that I like; it makes the task more rewarding.

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      Elena 2 years ago from London, UK

      Very creative and I absolutely love the way you presented it. The instructions are easy to follow.

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      Fay Favored 2 years ago from USA

      pstraubie48 I can relate to you concerning Milo. LOL I'm sure you'll find lots of fun things to make on your new machine even if it's not for kitty. Appreciate your visit, pin and vote up.

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      poetryman6969 2 years ago

      I love the colors and the design. Looks like your pet likes it too. Voted up.

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      Patricia Scott 2 years ago from sunny Florida

      Great step by step instructions. I have just been given (last year, but only have used it once to date) a new sewing machine . So I may just have to sew up some of these to give to friends. My Milo kitty is not interested in any pillow unless it is mine!!!

      Pinning and sharing voted up++++

      Angels are on the way to you this morning ps

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      Fay Favored 2 years ago from USA

      Pawpawwrites price was a big factor in why I began making my own pillowcases for pets. Plus it's fun seeing the new designs and patterns. Good to see you again.

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      Fay Favored 2 years ago from USA

      Pawpawwrites price was a big factor in why I began making my own pillowcases for pets. Plus it's fun seeing the new designs and patterns. Good to see you again.

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      Fay Favored 2 years ago from USA

      Pawpawwrites price was a big factor in why I began making my own pillowcases for pets. Plus it's fun seeing the new designs and patterns. Good to see you again.

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      Jim 2 years ago from Kansas

      Cool idea, and you can't beat the price.

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      Fay Favored 2 years ago from USA

      Thank you VioletteRose. I appreciate your visit and comment. It seems I need to make more since writing this :)

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      VioletteRose 2 years ago from Chicago

      This is very useful and helpful to keep pet's bed clean, neat and beautiful. Your instructions are really easy to understand to make pet bed pillowcases!

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      Fay Favored 2 years ago from USA

      Sylvestermouse thanks for visiting Cynthia; I was thinking of you this morning :) It does cut down on the big loads of washing the beds every week.

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      Fay Favored 2 years ago from USA

      peachpurple That's a good idea. Older pets sometimes need some extra TLC and this would be nice.

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