DIY - Washable Doggie Pee Pee Pad/ Doggie Door Mat [Tutorial]

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Update:  7/11/15  The way we use this pad has been updated.  Scroll to the bottom for the update!

Washable Dog Pee Pee Pad

 Our sweet little Yorkie Poo is fully house broken.  However - from time to time we're gone for longer than expected and she's got to do her business inside.  I used to purchase disposable pee pee pads for those "just in case" moments.  The problem with most pads is that our house is busy and crazy most of the time.  Even though I place it in a low traffic area, the pad gets stepped on and dirty LONG before it's used by the dog.

Miss Daisy Sparkle - our Yorkie Poo

 Honestly speaking there really isn't such a place as a "low traffic" area when you have young sons.  They use EVERY INCH of the house!

My solution to was to make a washable/reusable pee pee pad that "blends" with the decor.  Our dog stays in the kitchen when we're out so I needed something that would blend into the decor, but still be functional. 

Washable Doggy Pee Pee Pad

For this project you will need:

1 yard to 3/4 yard cotton fabric - this will be your TOPPER
1 - large bath towel (or zorb or terry cloth) - this is your SOAKER layer
1 - shower curtain liner (or pul) - this is your LEAK PROOF layer
1 - yard of non-slip fabric (pictured below) - this is your BACKER
Sewing Machine

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My kitchen has a sort of Tuscan / Vineyard / Wine theme.  In keeping with that theme I chose fabric with wine corks.  Because it's not used very often, I wanted my pee pee pad to look like a rug or a mat.


1.  First, decide what size pad you want.  Cut the topper fabric a little larger than your desired  size.
2.  Next cut your soaker, leak proof and backer layers to the same size as your topper.
3.  Layer the topper and soaker layers together.  Stitch all the way around the edges.

Stitch topper and soaker layers together

 4.  "Quilt" the layers together by sewing lines no more than 6 inches apart.

Quilt the layers together.

5.  Pin the leak proof layer to the wrong side of the backer.  With the right side of the backer facing the right side of the topper layer stitch almost all the way around the edges.  Be sure to leave a space open so that you can turn the project inside out.
6.  Turn the pad inside out.  Make sure you flatten out the corners.
7.  Top stitch all the way around the pad making sure to close the opening that was used to turn the pad.

Turn and top stitch the backer.

Finished Pee Pee Pad
Non slip back

That's it!  You're all done!

Pro Tips:
*  We have a small dog and don't require much absorbency in our pee pee pad.  If you have a larger dog or will require greater absorbency, use 2 or more soaker layers.

* Non skid backing is optional.  You could easily substitute another cotton later or just put non-slip on the corners of the pad.

* Machine wash after each use.  (I typically wash 2x's).  I rinse in the washer using only cold water and no soap.  I wash a second time with detergent and hot water.  Tumble dry.

* If your dog is used to regular pee pee pads, consider using a plain white topper so that the dog doesn't confuse this pee pee pad with a rug.

* Use Bac-Out or peroxide to remove stains.

Here are a few more pix from my Tuscan / Wine Themed Kitchen!
Village  back splash
Vineyard Laundry bag (for cloth napkins)
Wine cellar back splash
UPDATE 7/11/15:

Since I first made this pad we've changed the way we use it.  Because Daisy was pad trained on white disposable pee pad, she's happier to pee on a white surface.  During the holiday rush I needed a new pad and didn't have time to sew one.  I purchased a large chux pad from a medical supply store.  Chux pads are medical grade, washable absorpant pads.  I purchased a large pad and cut it in half.  I zigzag stitched the cut edge and put it on the floor.

Chux pad

She pees on this new, larger pad when we're gone for a long time or when the whether outside is bad.

The old pee pad has not gone to waste!

Back door pad
The old pad sits by the patio door.  She sits on this pad and waits to get her feet dried if the yard is wet or muddy.  We also use it for wet boots and shoes when people come in from the yard.

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  1. That's a great idea for a washable pee pad. I have also had problems with past pee pads for my dogs. I stopped using one for a while. I hope mine turns out as good as yours did!

  2. Thank you so much! I have a dog who also does great when I am home, but he is more than ready in the morning. I have arthritis and it is a race to get dressed and coated in time!

  3. Won't sewing through the leak proof layers cause urine to leak through? I'm not sure how that would work. Thanks for the tutorial! Shelley

    1. Good catch Shelleydf73! I updated the tutorial! I quilted the absorbent and topper layers, then added the leakproof layer last.

      The leak proof layer is only sewn around the edges.

  4. do you spray anything on it to let them know they should use it

    1. I didn't. MY dog is locked in the kitchen during the day. This wee wee pad was placed in the same spot at her old pad so she caught on quickly.

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  7. I am thinking of using cloth diapers (24x27) for the absorbent part with a vinyl tablecloth as the waterproof backer. Has anyone else done one this way? Wondering how it will hold up.

    1. Hi TinaP, this question posted 3x so I removed the duplications.

      I think that a cloth diapers would be very good! The vinyl tablecloth would be fine. My concern is that with repeated washings the table cloth might break down faster than you want. I guess it really depends on the durability of the tablecloth.

      I have found that a vinyl shower curtain works really well and can be machine washed again and again without a problem. It you decide to go with the table cloth read the laundry instructions on the package (if they are available). Some tablecloths can only be wiped down while others are completely maching washable. If you get the machine washable kind you're in great shape.

      Please post back and let me know how it goes!

    2. Sorry about the duplications. Once made, I couldn't figure out how to remove them myself. I understand about the durability issues. I will read washing instructions before purchasing anything. I have a male Chi that just refuses to go out when it is raining or cold, so I have found it much easier to deal with puppy pads (and he is pretty good about using them). I just don't like the waste and cost involved with disposable ones.

    3. hi i have a question I used the washable pads. my question is when you change it and you cant wash it right away how do you control the smell? i put then in a hamper just for the pads but ahh stinks . what detergent do you use?

  8. I got too much interesting stuff on your blog. I guess I am not the only one having all the enjoyment here! Keep up the good work.
    oz automation Salisbury

  9. Thanks for this tutorial. My nearly 18y/o doggo decided this morning that I didn't wake up fast enough. Sometimes she wakes up when hubby is about to go to work, sometimes she wakes me up. This morning she started barking...I got up and went to the bathroom and by the time I got to the bathroom for me to pee she had already stopped whining. When I made it downstairs, she had peed on the floor. I guess she didn't need to go out any longer. ;) I was looking at the commercial pee pads, but I didn't want one to encourage her to pee on it...just to catch it if she needs it. I'll be making at least one of these today.

  10. We finally were able to pad train our one year old puppy! Now I'm looking into washable pad, and the idea of the chux pads was totally brilliant! I remember having them for when my mom was not doing well (Alzheimers), and for bedtime with the young grandkids. Never would have thought of using them for the pup!!! You are awesome!