Doll Craft – Make Your Own Doll Pet Bed

AG Pet Bed vs a DIY Pet Bed

This is Char and I am having way too much fun with Karen’s craft this week! When she sent me the instructions for how to make this cute DIY pet bed she mentioned that she doesn’t have the new AG Pet bed set so she just included the stock AG photo. Well, it just so happens that one of the items my daughter wanted to buy with her own money when we went to American Girl Tyson’s Corner in June was the brand new Pet Bed set. So, our Coconut and the new Pet Bed set get to model right next to Karen’s DIY or Copycat version of the set. I happen to think Karen’s version is super creative and very affordable to make with fun foam and other recycled items you may have at home. We may just have to make a second one for another one of our AG pets.

How to Make Your Own Copycat AG Pet Bed and Accessories

  • 1 piece of fun foam
  • 4-12 inch pieces of 1/8 inch ribbon or string
  • A pencil
  • Scissors
  • A ruler
  • A hole punch
  • 1 piece of felt
  • Stuffing or fiberfill for the cushion

Make Your Own Pet Bed for Small Stuffed Animals

Use your ruler to cut your fun foam sheet to a 10 inch square, then mark your fold and cut lines with a pencil as shown. Next cut the fun foam in at the markings you made as shown. Repeat on all four sides.

Making a doll sized pet bed

Take your hole punch and punch two holes through both sides of the foam – it’s easiest to do it through both pieces at the same time so that the holes match up. Then take your pre-cut ribbons and thread them through as shown and tie them as you would your shoes. Repeat all the way around and you should have your square pet bed. In the photo of the American Girl pet bed they have cut out a small half circle for the front and I did as in my finished product but you can leave it the way it is if you want.

DIY Pet Bed Cushion

For the cushion, use one piece of felt, folded in half and cut so that it will fit easily in the pet bed. Then use a hot glue gun, (you could hand sew or use craft glue) to make a pocket to slide the stuffing in. Glue the opening closed and let it dry then place it in your finished pet bed.

Doll Pet Dish from OJ Lid

Next I made the pet food dish using a lid from my orange juice. I used Tropicana 50 which we had on our vacation and I brought home the lids. You can use any lid really, I just liked the color and size of this one.

I looked for little brown pom-poms at my craft store but they were sold out of brown so I used Styrofoam balls instead. I cut them up and glued them into my dish, then I colored them brown.

There was also a play chew toy in the set from American Girl so I wanted to make a similar one for my doll play set. I used a large plastic bead with a large hole in the center.  I used embroidery floss and thread it through the center of the bead in 12 inch strips. After I got about 4 strands through each bead, I tied the strings together in a knot on either end, then trimmed them so they looked like the ones in the photo from the AG set.

As much fun as it was making my own set I still really recommend the American Girl Pet Bed set and have it on my wish list for my next trip down to the Seattle Store.

I look forward to sharing more ideas with you next week. ~ By Karen of Karen Mom of Three

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  1. Ha I get “Firstie” this time! Thank you so much for adding your own set! I loved this surprise! I hope the girls like it as much! Wonderful!

  2. So cute! It’s a shame I don’t have any pets for my dolls!

  3. This is so cute! Thanks for sharing! I have a couple of stuff animals the size for my girls. This pet bed will be perfect for them!

  4. This is genius… I love it! Have to get a pet for my doll…

  5. I LOVE THIS!!!!!!!!! I will most definatley be making it!!!! I already have an older version of coconuts doghouse.(backwhen she used to come with a dog house when you ordered her) but its all smooshed and the roof collapses so its hard to use so my AG pets will be happy to have a new place to sleep. (and food to eat and toys to play with LOL) : )

  6. Hey!, Britts@AGF, if you know what webkinz are, they make perfect pets. You can get them at wal-mart and wallgreens. But I love this idea though!

  7. cool if I get another AG pet.

  8. I LOVE THIS! None of my AG dogs, I have 3, have a place to sleep. The orange juice lid thing is GENIUS! We have some orange juice of that brand, so I’m going to go drink a HUGE glass of it for breakfast! LOL!

  9. So cute and webkinz do make the perfect pets.Who here wants to go back to school:(

  10. Thats so cool!!
    Emily- Not me!! Hahahaha!!

  11. Ann N. Mous says:

    What’s school? Sorry, I deleted that word out of my brain memory.

  12. I don’t have any pets to make this for. :(

  13. I use my old webkinz as pets. I’ll try to make them this bed and accesories.

  14. Jaiden- like everyones been saying webkinz are the perfect size.And they have these little pets at walmart that will work for AG’s. (they animals are supposed to be pets for the 18 inch dolls they sell at walmart) Basically you can use any type of small stuffed dog or cat for a pet. I hope this helps.

  15. @AnnaJones Thanks! I cone from Australia, so I’m not sure if they have them here, though I will look!

  16. Awesome! Sugar can get a bed now. I would really like to my dolls a bed though. Maybe in wood shop I can. Doubt it though. Also, I asked in another post if anyone gets January of a new years AG catalogue on New Year Eve? Random

  17. Tiara- I get the catalog at random times. There is not really anyway for me to tell when I get one. Though I think I did get a January issue on New Years Eve once. And in 2008 I got the catalog on New Years DAY.

  18. Thank u Olivia this helps alot.

  19. Jaiden- Your welcome. Im glad I could help. Also sometimes at bookstores in the Ag book section they have the pets for sale. They do not come with collars but instaed like an activity book based on the pet. They are about $20 each. Hope youll be able to find a pet for your dolls soon. : )

  20. Thanks olivia the store too crowed and I don’t like waiting for shiping. Now I know what the do.

  21. Bella- Your welcome! I geuss I helped out 2 people with AG pet issues! LOL : )

  22. Is anybody ready for shool?

  23. Ia anybody ready for SCHOOL

  24. Jaiden-I start school in like 2 weeks and am so not ready! I don’t want to go back at all!! Haha!! I only have 2 pairs of jeans and a skirt for school clothes too!!Oh-No!! And I have like no supplies! Lol!!

  25. i go back to school in 3 weeks! ahh i have school supplies i went school shopping yesterday. if you went to Target for school shopping and you saw a blue and pink plaid backpack thats the one i have. im going into 7th grade. i heard it’s a hard that true? ahhhhhhhh haha lol. summer is to short u know what i mean?

  26. I go back to school the day after Labor Day. Im excited to see my friends and teacher again but thats about it. I havnt gone school shopping either. LOL. I agree Skylar summer is WAAAAAYYYYY to short!

  27. I go back to school TOMORROW!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I’m so not ready for summer to be over! wwwwwwwaaaaaaaaaaaaaaahhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh!

  28. Oh Annie, I so agree with you :)

  29. What a cute idea! I really like Chrissa’s dress in the last picture too!