November 22nd, 2013

Tutorial: “Boutique Bones” Removable Dog Bed Cover

by Julie Hirt

Sew Lux Fabric challenged me to a duel!

Okay, not really.  It was a design challenge using 6 fat quarters from their shop.  Immediately I knew it was the perfect chance to make a dog bed cover.

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I picked some fabrics that I loved, ignoring the fact that Bojangles is a boy. Dogs are color-blind, right?

dcnov13-3.gif These lovely bundle is available at Sew Lux Fabric.


  • 6 Fat Quarters
  • 22″ or 24″ zipper
  • 32″ x 40″ piece of batting
  • 32″ x 40″ scrap backing fabric for quilting (which will be hidden)
  • 30″ x 38″ piece of duck cloth for bottom.  (You can really use anything, like flannel, fleece or cotton)

This will make a 28″ x 36″ removable dog bed cover that fits most of the larger sized dog beds. We have 3 different beds that are slightly different sizes and this fits all of them.

If you don’t have dog beds lying around you can easily make a filler bed:

  • Take muslin (or an old sheet) and cutting 2 rectangles 29 x 37.
  • Place right sides together, sew down 3 sides using a 1″ seam allowance.
  • Turn right side out, stuff with stuffing from a couple of old pillows and sew up the 4th side.

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Separate your fabrics into piles.  2 fabrics for ‘bones’, 2 fabrics for background, 1 for the corner squares and 1 for the border.

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All “strips” are 2.5″


  • From each fat quarter cut (six) 18″ strips. Take those 6 strips and cut from each:
    • (two) 6.5″ strips
    • (two) 2.5″ strips


  • From each fat quarter cut (three) 18″ strips. Take those 3 strips and cut from each:
    • (four) 4.5″ strips
  • From each fat quarter cut (two) 18″ strips. Take those 2 strips and cut from each:
    • (seven) 2.5″ squares

Corner Accents:

  • Cut (twenty four) 2.5″ squares


  • Your fat quarter MUST be at least 21″ wide.   Cut into (six) 21″+  strips.  If you have extra length, leave it!


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For each block pull:

Bones fabric:  (2) 2.5″ squares, (2) 6.5″ strips

Background fabric:  (4) 2.5″ squares, (2) 4.5″ strips

Corner fabric: (2) 2.5″ squares

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Lay out your fabrics like shown above.

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Sew the sides together.

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Lay your background fabrics on top of your bone fabrics like shown above.  Mark or crease a diagonal line in the same direction as shown.  Sew, iron, trim!

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It should now resemble this.

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Sew the strips together and you have a “boutique bone” block.

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Create a total of 12 Boutique Bone blocks and sew them together into three rows of four.  Then sew the rows together forming one large rectangle.

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This is a tight fit so sew accordingly.   Attach your strips end to end using a 1/4″ seam allowance so you have one long border piece. Iron open.

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This will be a close fit, so don’t waste the border fabric by leaving a lot of overhang!

  • Place your border onto a side (right sides together).   Line up with top edge and sew down.  Cut the border fabric even with main block when you reach the end.
  • Now place your border (right sides together) on the opposite side.  Line it up with the top edge and sew down.  Cut the border fabric even with main block when you reach the end.
  • Repeat for the other 2 sides.



I forgot to take a picture!  

  • Sandwich your fabrics:  scrap backing fabric (facing down), batting, bones (right side up).
  • Quilt however you’d like.
  • Trim to the border.

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Place your zipper right side down along the short edge of your quilted bones (see above).

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Pin in place and stitch down using a zipper foot.

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Now open it up and top stitch, securing your fabric and zipper.

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Place your bones (facing down) onto your duck cloth (or other fabric, right side up).  Pin the zipper in place like above.

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Sew with a zipper foot and top stitch in place.

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Place your top and bottom right sides together, pin all the way around.

When you get to the zipper UNZIP IT!  Kind of pull the zipper to the outside of the sandwich and pin in place.

Sew along the edges using a 1/2″ seam alowance.  Sew about 1/2″ into each side where the zipper is. Be sure to secure with back stitches.

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Turn it right side out through the zipper hole.

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Hope you enjoyed this.  If you make one, be sure to share it with me!  Thanks again to Sew Lux Fabric.


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27 Responses to “Tutorial: “Boutique Bones” Removable Dog Bed Cover”

  1. Hmmm I think our dog needs a new bed, maybe I will make him one of these for Christmas!! Thanks for the tutorial. :0)

  2. Awesome! My dog only gets towels – anything with stuffing he immediately flings around until all the stuffing comes out then eats it. (dumb dog). I tried making one for him once by sewing some towels together and stuffing them with a few pillows – same result! hahaha!

    • I have a dog like that. Trashes everything that is stuffed. You could make one without stuffing so it’s just like what the towels are used for. He can just lie on it or cover himself with it.

  3. Oh my goodness, it is so adorable. I think it could also be used for a cat as well. Thanks for the idea. Julie Beard, Adelaide South Australia.

  4. Such a fabulous name for a dog! And I love what you did with the six fat quarters. I have a yard of the chicken wire that I am hoarding right now.

  5. Awwww, what a sweet dog and adorable bed! He or she looks very happy with it. Thank you for sharing this tutorial. I had seen this block before but would have had to figure out the measurements to make it so I’m saving this one. A long time ago when I was practicing hand quilting I made a quilt for our dog. She had it for 3 years and we brought a new puppy into our home who ate a big whole in the center of the quilt! So I made another quilt for her and the puppy did it again, sigh. I should have known, eventually she outgrew the chewing phase. Both of our sweet girls are gone now and when we get another dog(s) I’ll be using these cute little dog bones to make a quilt for them – provided they aren’t blankie eaters. Thank you!

  6. This is just too cute Julie! Love the bones and I bet little ‘jangles doesn’t even care. My dogs love to find a quilt they can get on, I should make them one of these so they don’t get in trouble:)

  7. Very nice. You’re such a good canine friend. My 75 pound Greyhound is too hard on beds, so it’s a better option for me to spend about $20 on a big one at Costco.

  8. Gorgeous – the bed and Bojangles 😀

  9. This is sooo cute Julie! I’m jealous of your creativity!

  10. This is really cute. I like the dog bones. Oh, and Bojanles is really cute.

  11. I have cats, not dogs but I forwarded this to another quilting friend that has two dogs. She has to take them out and there’s snow on the ground right now. I’m sure she’ll love it. Thanks for sharing!

  12. Love this it’s so cute! I don’t have a dog, but I do have a cat… Sadly I know that if I made it for her she would probably refuse to use it!

  13. This is soooo very cute!! I love it :)

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  16. How did I miss this!?!?!? I love the boutique bones! Very clever and cute! Bojangles is a handsome boy too and I’m sure he doesn’t mind his pink bed.

  17. This is genius and so very cute! Thanks for the tutorial!

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  22. Thank you for such a lovely pattern. Bojangles is so cute. I would love to make this now but unfortunately I will have to keep it for future reference as our puppy is 9 months old and last month she ate through an “indestructible” dog bed. Hopefully she won’t always be so destructive.

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