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How to Make A Pet Bed Pillowcase
DIY Pet Bed Pillowcase
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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Fleece Pet Bed
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
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
Sold pre-cut two yard piece (1.8m)
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Project Level - Easy
Very simple basic sewing for first level students or beginners.
Project Materials List
1 yard of material
Time Spent on Project
Time: 10-15 minutes to make one pillow case.
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.
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
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.
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.
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.Click thumbnail to view full-size
Ready to Sew the HemClick thumbnail to view full-size
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 SewClick thumbnail to view full-size
Sewing the Side and Bottom
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 StitchingClick thumbnail to view full-size
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.
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.
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 SeamsClick thumbnail to view full-size
Finished Pet Bed Pillowcase
Total Cost: $1.50
One pillowcase. Not bad for 15 minutes work! It would take me longer to shop for one.
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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