Upcycle old towels into dog beds

A Dog Bed Made From An Old Towel - A Tutorial By Milomade

We’re heading to Northern Ireland soon to visit Milo’s Nana and Papa Andrews and now that we have a new car that’s tiny compared to the tanks we used to drive, I’ve had to think up a travel dog bed for Abee that would fit comfotably into the boot and also do as a bed whilst we’re away.

We’ve got loads of old towels, so I thought I’d put a couple to good use and make a pair of travel dog beds out of them. I was going to use some old futon mattress filler that I still have from the days we used to sleep on a futon bed in Colin’s tiny one bedroom flat in Edinburgh, but wasn’t sure if that’d be fine to go through the wash OK. So I bought some thick 270g wadding from Dunelm Mill.

The beds were really easy to make. Apologies that this tutorial hasn’t got any photos, but ti was really late when I started and I was on a mission to just get the beds completed before midnight.

All you need:

– 1 old towel
– 270g wadding ( 2 layers the same size as your towel folded in half- just a bit smaller actually to allow for seam)
– embroidery thread
– large needle
– sewing machine

1. First fold your towel in half and using your sewing machine stitch down the short sides leaving the longest side oppostie the fold open. You could also make this with two identical towels by just stitching them together.

2. Cut your wadding so that you have two pieces the same size as your folded towel – they actually need to be a little bit smaller to allow for the sewn seam.

3. Stuff these carefully into your towel pocket making sure that the corners don’t buckle and it all lies flat inside.

4. Tuck in the edges of the open end and blind stitch by hand all the way along to close up the bed completely.

5. Next take a long piece of embroidery thread and start to stitch tufts into the beds – use your large needle threaded with a long piece of embroidery thread and stitch down through all layers and then back through again. Tie ends together tightly and trim to leave a litte tuft. Space these out either randomly or in a regular pattern – whatever takes your fancy.

Here’s Abee enjoying one of the finished beds:

A Dog Bed Made From An Old Towel - A Tutorial By Milomade

A Dog Bed Made From An Old Towel - A Tutorial By Milomade

 

And here are some photo’s of the two finished beds:

A Dog Bed Made From An Old Towel - A Tutorial By Milomade

A Dog Bed Made From An Old Towel - A Tutorial By Milomade

A Dog Bed Made From An Old Towel - A Tutorial By Milomade

A Dog Bed Made From An Old Towel - A Tutorial By Milomade

A Dog Bed Made From An Old Towel - A Tutorial By Milomade

They’ll be great for the long car journey we plan to do, as they fit the boot of our car perfectly and they’ll also be great as a bed for when we’re away anywhere. Plus I love the fact that if they get muddy, I can jung bung them in the washing machine and hang them on the line to dry. I made two, so that any car journey we make, Abee can have a nice comfydouble layered bed to sleep on and then alternate them – so that one is in use and the other is in the wash.

 

2 thoughts on “Upcycle old towels into dog beds

  1. Debbie Armstrong says:

    This is such a good idea! I’m using an old bedspread for my dogs bed right now but this might be a better idea for a bed. I think I will try to make it for my dog soon, I have a few old towels I can use. Thanks for sharing this!

  2. Milomade says:

    So glad you like the idea – it’s simple to do and we have a few in rotation – easy to wash in the washing machine. Use them in the house and in the car and when we go on holiday.

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