Dog Bed Sewing Pattern: Enlarging to Full Size

Use these dog bed sewing pattern enhancements to create  full size patterns.

Samples of patterns (see below for further details).

Step 1: Measure, Decide, Print

  • Take your dog's Measurements.
  • Choose a shape. Go to Dog Bed Patterns for available choices.
  • Print out the pattern you'd like to follow onto a standard sheet of paper. (You may need to copy the picture and crop out the pattern with IrfanView or another picture editing program before printing. IrfanView is free.)

Step 2: Draw Gridlines

  • Get a pencil or pen and a ruler (if you tend to mess up a lot like I do, a pencil is recommended).
  • Starting with the horizontal line given, make marks at one-inch (or 20 or 30 mm) intervals along the outside frame – just make sure they are all the same distance.
  • Connect the dots so the lines you draw are parallel to the original horizontal line.
  • Now do the same with the vertical lines, starting with the center line that is already drawn for you.

Note: The “center” lines may be off slightly. Do not worry about this. The main thing is for you to have a grid with lines spaced at regular intervals.

Step 3: Customize Your Pattern

  • Add 3 inches to your dog's measurements for seams and wiggle room.
  • Or add 5 to 6 inches if you want a bolster around the top.
  • Take the total measurements and look for numbers that divide evenly into both. Add or subtract an inch if you need to.
  • Note that for the Round Dog Bed sewing pattern, length = width


Your dog’s height at the withers is 25 and you want a bolster, so your total measurement for the width of the dog bed (the horizontal center line) is going to be 30 or 31 inches. Nothing divides well into 31, but several numbers divide evenly into 30, such as 2, 3, 5, 6 and 10.

Do the same with the dog’s length (the vertical measurement). If the dog’s length is 42, you can add 5 inches to get 47 or 6 inches to get 48.

Looking for numbers that divide evenly into both 30 and 48, we come up with 2, 3, 4, 6 and 12. Using 2-, 3- and 4- intervals would mean you’d have to draw a lot of grid lines which is not necessary since the patterns do not have that much detail. 12-inch intervals are a little far apart. So it would be best to use 6-inch increments for the new grid.

Step 4: Enlarge the Dog Bed Sewing Pattern to Full Size

  • Tape together pieces of newspaper or get a large piece of butcher block paper that will fit the full size of the bed.
  • Using a pencil and yardstick (or a straight piece of board), create a grid using lines spaced the number of inches apart that worked out best for your dog's measurements. Draw the same number of lines that are used for the smaller pattern.
  • If you need to, number the blocks on both pieces of paper.
  • For each corresponding block, draw a piece of the pattern so it looks just like a larger version of the original.
  • Step back and check it when you’re done for mistakes. Include an eyeball check to see if it looks like it will fit your dog.
  • Darken the lines with a marker once you’re satisfied.

Further Instructions

That's it for this part of the dog bed sewing pattern. See Dog Bed Sewing Pattern: Page Two for Steps 5 through 8.