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Find the Right Fabric for Pet Beds!

by Beth Cooper

Are you thinking about making a pet bed for your favorite fur-baby?  If so, you’re probably thinking about what kind of fabric to use to make the best dog bed (or cat bed) and wondering if it will a.) hold up and b.) be comfortable for your pet.  Let’s explore some fabric options for pet beds.

Factors to Consider When Selecting Fabric

There are several factors to keep in mind when selecting the best pet bed fabrics for your little buddy.  First, durability is key. Pets love to play and explore, so it’s essential to choose fabrics that can withstand their energetic antics.  Look for fabrics that are resistant to tearing and snagging, ensuring they will last for a long time.

Cotton Canvas is the perfect fabric for pet beds! It is strong and durable, yet soft and comfortable. And bonus, it even comes in cute colors and prints like this newspaper print! You can find this Cotton Canvas fabric and others at Missouri Star Quilt Co. or click here!

Another important factor is softness.  Just like us, pets appreciate the feel of a soft and comfortable fabric.  Additionally, consider the breathability of the fabric.  Pets can easily overheat, so choosing a breathable fabric will help regulate their body temperature and keep them cool and comfortable.

It’s also crucial to think about any potential allergies your pet may have. Look for fabrics that are hypoallergenic and free from any harmful chemicals that could irritate their skin. This will ensure that your pet can enjoy their bed or accessories without any discomfort or allergic reactions.

Popular Fabric Choices for Pet Beds and Accessories

If you’re looking for a durable and easy-to-clean option, denim or canvas fabrics are excellent choices. These fabrics are known for their strength and can withstand the wear and tear of your pet’s daily activities. They are also easy to maintain, making them ideal for pet owners who want a fuss-free option.  

Here is another beautiful example of Cotton Canvas fabric – perfect for pet beds and accessories! This fabric is durable, yet adorable. Shop for Cotton Canvas fabric at Missouri Star Quilt Co. or click here!

For those seeking a softer and more plush feel, fabrics like fleece or microfiber are perfect. These materials offer a luxurious and cozy resting place for your pet. The softness of these fabrics will make your furry friend feel like they’re sleeping on a cloud, providing them with the ultimate comfort.

This Gray Fleece Fabric is so soft and cuddly! It would make a great pet bed! Although, not quite as durable as canvas, it is incredibly soft. You can find this fleece fabric on Missouri Star Quilt Co. or click here!

Remember to take into account your pet’s specific needs and habits when selecting the fabric. If your pet tends to shed a lot, choosing a fabric that doesn’t trap hair easily will save you from constant cleaning.

Color Options for Pet Accessories and Beds

It’s always fun to make your pet’s bed and accessories match your home decor.  Just like in fashion and home decor, color trends in pet accessories also change with the seasons. During spring and summer, bright and vibrant colors like coral and aqua are popular choices. In the fall and winter, deeper hues like burgundy and navy blue often take the spotlight. Experimenting with these seasonal color trends can give your pet’s accessories a fresh and up-to-date look.

How cute are these two fleece fabrics above? One with kittens and one with puppies! Dog print and kitten print fabric?? Yes! Either of these would make an adorable pet bed or perhaps, just a cozy blanket for your pup or cat to sleep on! You can find both of them on Missouri Star Quilt Co. or click here!

Classic Color Combinations

Classic color combinations never go out of style. Opting for timeless combinations like black and white, navy and cream, or gray and yellow can create a sophisticated and versatile look. These color combinations easily blend with various home decor styles and make your pet’s accessories seamlessly fit into your living space.  

Ensuring Comfort While Maintaining Style

Although color is fun to play around with, when it comes to pet beds and pet accessories, be sure to balance style with functionality.  If the bed is cute but not comfortable, your pet probably won’t even use it so, comfort should never be sacrificed for style.  Ensure that your pet’s accessories provide the necessary support and coziness they need.  

This Winterfleece with paw prints is adorable, warm, and would work well with almost any decor! Find it on Missouri Star Quilt Co. or click here!

Caring for Homemade Pet Beds and Accessories

To ensure the longevity of your pet’s beds and accessories, consider keeping them away from direct sunlight or excessive heat, as prolonged exposure can cause colors to fade.  Regularly inspect items for any signs of wear and tear, replacing or repairing them as needed.  Storing these accessories in a clean and dry area when not in use can also help maintain their quality.  Most denim, cotton canvas, and other similar fabrics can easily be machine washed in cold water and it is usually best to air-dry or to tumble dry on low, depending on the fabric and inner stuffing of the bed.  If the bed is made of faux leather, suede, or similar fabric, the best option is just to wipe down thoroughly with a wet cloth and let dry.

Your Pet Is Sure To Love It!

As you can see, there are several things to think about when preparing to sew a pet bed or accessory.  The main thing to remember is that your pet is cozy and warm.  Happy sewing!

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