FREE SPEECH ZONE | Local Seamstress Creates Eco-Inspired Pet Projects


Shelley Leeson, known affectionately to some as the “Dog Lady,” has found a outlet for her love of sewing and pets by creating pet beds and pet clothing with recycled and reclaimed materials.

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Leeson’s company is called “Dog Beds for Less,” a name inspired by her first pet project: a designer bed. Crafty and resourceful, she gets her fabric and supplies from a variety of sources: thrift stores, donated by individuals, through online sites like Craig’s List, and even from local upholsters who give her leftover remnants that would normally be thrown away. Her clients love the eco-conscious and one-of-a-kind creations and so do their pets.

Sunny yellow rain slickers are her newest project, along with a line of recycled dog coats. “I walk every day, even if it’s raining or sloppy. When I have a dog here, I wanted them to go with and not get soaked…I kind of had a light bulb go off and I added raincoats to the product line.” Leeson has been a professional seamstress for 20 years and started “Dog Beds for Less” in 2007.

Leeson’s eco-inspired line of pet beds and clothes is available locally at Linden Hills Natural Home and Woody’s Pet Food Deli, or you can contact her directly at or 612.788.1504.