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Recycle Jeans into a Dog or Cat Bed No Fleas Project

Updated on June 4, 2011

Jeans Just Taking Up Space

This is a quick and easy project that will take your old jeans and recycle them into a dog or cat bed that can work for large to small pets, and no fleas or bugs. It will make your dog or cat say thanks every time their head hits the pillow, save you some money., and make cleaning it a breeze Although I would say a little sewing is required anyone with access to a machine can do this or just get some liquid stitch. I framed my bed with an extra piece of wood I had from a deck, but it is not a necessity. I just like how it looks and when I get finished with the others, (3 total) will customize them for each dog

If you happen to have a few pair of jeans that are just taking up space, why not call your local animal shelter and ask if the could use an extra bed. Just let them know what you're doing and who knows they may start making their own.

For those of you that have read my hub on how to save or make money recycling jeans and were waiting on this hub I apologize for taking so long, but as you can see in the extra pictures we had some early arrivals, (11 of them). I know the pictures aren't about the bed but they are so darn cute I had to show you. If you haven't read the article and would like to just click on recycling jeans.

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What You Will Need and Getting Started

The Things You Will Need

1. A pair of jeans
2. Scissors, thread, access to a sewing machine or liquid stitch, and Velcro (or duct tape for the time being)
3. A bag of cedar shavings from Amazon, your local feed store, or Walmart

Getting Started Steps

1) Cut the jeans along the inseam through the crotch so the middle is entirely open, (pic 1) If you are wanting a smaller bed cut the length of the legs off accordingly. If it is for a very small dog you could cut them off at the crotch and just sew the front and back together.

2) Sew the front legs together at the inseam from the crotch down. If you start at the crotch you can cut off any excess material left at the bottom of the leg. Now sew the back legs together the same way. I didn't even pin them together using the outer edge of the seam where I cut as a guide, (pic #2)

3) Sew the bottom of the front and back legs together. Again I didn't have to pin them making this entire project go a whole lot faster. When your finished it should look like picture #3.

4) Fill the bed with cedar as shown in pictures #4 & 5. Don't over stuff it or it will be hard to close. Apply the Velcro, ( I ran out so I used duct tape until I can get to the store) and secure the front and back together. That's all there is to it, unless you want to frame it or make pillows, you're done.

5) If you want to make pillows, (which is really easy) just cut off the legs of another pair of jeans, (I chose a different color for contrast) or if you made a smaller bed just use those. Turn them inside out and sew one end together and then turn them right side out and stuff with cedar or pillow stuffing. Velcro or sew the other end together and Walla a pillow You can use both legs and make them as big or small as you would like, (pic #7)

6) Framing the bed is also very simple Just cut a piece of wood the length of your bed, (I made mine a little smaller so the bed would look fluffier). Nail the pieces together and that's it. If you don't like the color or want to preserve it, (as long as your dogs doesn't chew it) . just get some Miniwax stain, sponge or wipe it on and let it dry. I used the color pecan mainly because it was I had it left over from another project and I like it a lot.

You can paint the wood any color you like to match a room if you like, or stencil the dogs name. You could even take a picture of the dog and glue it to the wood then put the name next to it. The possibilities are endless so just have fun.

Have and incredible day and again sorry for the delay but the babies needed me and they're like my kids. Have you hugged your pet lately? Talk to you soon.

Don't Have a Sewing Machine Because You Thought They Were to Expensive Think Again


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    • Charlu profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Florida

      Hi Sonia That is to funny. Believe me there are a bunch of us that have spent lots of money on dog beds only to have them tore up or the dogs don't sleep in it. I made some other beds out of pillow shams and cases but they didn't like it as much as the one with the frame. Thanks for dropping by and your comment. Talk to you soon.

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      7 years ago from india

      hey,very interesting and nice hub! This ,however,reminds me of the day when I brought home my first pet dog,a month old labrador four years ago.That very day itself,I bought a cute round and cosy bed for him which seemed quite expensive to me but still I bought it! I tried putting the puppy in the bed but he wanted to explore his new surroundings, not paying attention to his new shining bed. He did not sleep in the bed for many days.After a month,I woke one morning to see him sleeping peacefully there. It gave me immense joy to see him there but then I realized,winter was slowly setting in and my new friend was only looking for warmth and not his expensive bed! After two months,he had with his new set of teeth torn his bed to pieces and loved the cotton flying in the room!!! he was still exploring!!!

    • Charlu profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Florida

      Hi Peggy It worked out great more room in the closet and the dogs love the beds. I'm so glad to hear from you and love your new hubs. Have a great day and thanks for dropping by, your comment, and the votes. Talk to you soon.

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      Peggy Woods 

      7 years ago from Houston, Texas

      What cute puppies and what a great idea to make your own dog beds by recycling old jeans. You are a clever one! Voted useful.

    • Charlu profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Florida

      Thanks naturegirl. My dogs really love the bed even better than the ones I made out of pillow shams. The puppies are the greatest and already developing there own personalities. I can't wait for their eyes to open. Thanks for stopping by and your comment.

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      Yvonne L. B. 

      7 years ago from South Louisiana

      Great idea. The puppies are just too cute.

    • Charlu profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from Florida

      Hi Peter Yeah the pups will sleep just about anywhere as long is mom is around to feed their big bellies. I did have to make them a quick bed/pen big enough for mama and the kids which won't last long the way they're growing. Thanks for stopping by and your comment Have an incredible day and I love your dog.

    • peterelmhirst profile image

      Peter E 

      7 years ago from Toronto

      cool, but I think those puppies would have slept on anything :)


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