Dog Bed

Your dog will love hanging out on this cool cushion.


  • Fleece fabric in two colors (available at fabric stores); the amount of fabric depends on the size of your dog
  • Ruler
  • Fabric scissors
  • Polyester pillow stuffing
  • Optional: other colors of fleece to decorate the pillow


Determine the dimensions your pillow needs to be to fit your dog, then add eight inches (20 centimeters) to the length and width. (This gives you extra fabric for fringe.)
Measure two colors of fleece to this size and align both pieces. To create the fringe, cut strips four inches (10 centimeters) long by one inch (2.5 centimeters) wide along all four sides of both pieces of fleece.
Cut out the squares of fabric at the corners. (If you like, cut extra fabric into fun shapes and sew them onto the fleece that will form the pillow’s top.) Tightly knot the top strips to the bottom strips on three sides of the pillow.
Stuff the pillow filling into the open side until the pillow is firm. Then tie the last side together.

Text by National Geographic Kids staff

Photograph by Rebecca Hale/NGS staff

Illustration: a dog on a cushion


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