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DIY cat bed

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Now that Tinycat is staying, I decided he needed a nicer bed than a folded up beach towel. To the folks wondering, “how do you get your cat to sleep on a designated bed in the first place?” the answer is, he sleeps locked in the bathroom off of our bedroom, so he basically sleeps on the softest thing in there.

I started looking at cat beds online, but they were all kind of boring, slightly ugly, and $20-$30.

I wanted something cuter, and with my rudimentary sewing skills, figured I could make something decent for less than $30. I went to Hobby Lobby and assembled the following supplies:

Foam square: $4.89 (on sale, regularly $6.99), 1 yard of fabric: $8.99, 1 spool of matching thread: $.99, zipper: $2.29. Grand total: $17.16.

Then I basically laid the foam down on the fabric and cut around it, leaving about half an inch on each side as a seam allowance. I did this for each side of the cushion. For one of the long sides, I cut double the seam allowance to allow for the zipper to be installed, because I wanted the cover to be removable so I can wash it. I installed a zipper in the middle of the long sides, sewed the sides together end to end, leaving one side unsewn, and then started attaching the sides to the top, working my way around until all the sides were sewn on, and then sewing the last corner. Then I sewed the bottom on, turned it right side out (thanks to the zipper, this was possible), and put it on the cushion. I made sure to finish all my seams nicely so that they won’t unravel in the wash.

This is the final result (related: it’s hard to photograph a cat on his cute new bed when all he wants to do is eat the bed):

Crazy cat in action.

View of the zipper side.

It’s not perfect at the corners, and the fit could be slightly tighter, but overall I’m pretty proud. Also, notice how it matches those pillows on our bed? When it’s not eleventy billion degrees, that’s also what our duvet cover looks like, so Tinycat’s bed looks like a mini version of ours. So cute I could die.

I could be convinced to make one of these again for someone I loved for compensation or a Christmas gift, and if that happens, I’ll try to take some step by step photos so this post is more helpful.

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Author: erniebufflo

Writer. Hugger of trees. Lover of food, literature, politics, feminism. Wife to @orzzyo. Mama to twins Etta & Claire, dogs Bessie & Olive, & one not-so-Tinycat.

6 thoughts on “DIY cat bed

  1. I love it! I wish I could sew. :( I love Tinycat too.

    • I’ve only been sewing for about two months! I find it a fun, challenging hobby. And it’s satisfying to have cool finished products. You could learn!

  2. The beds are nice,they look comfortable, sewing these by ourselves which a contented thing.A cute cat.

  3. Love it! Our very lady-like calico named Daisy, always likes to rest her head in or on a bed of some sort. Being mostly an outdoor cat, we pull out her dusty bed out of the garage every Fall, dust it off and she is happy.

    Not this year…

    She found an old box (from Costco) in the garage and claimed it as her own. So my daughter made her a pillow out of polar fleece for the bottom, and she was happy.

    Best part? It was a JACK DANIELS WHISKEY BOX!!! Kinda funny.

    Thanks for sharing.
    http://www.onehundred80days.wordpress.com

  4. Ummmmmmm…… Can we see more photos of Tinycat? Ridiculously. CUTE.

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