Sunday, February 27, 2011

Claire Can Craft-Make a Pet Bed!

So last week there was a sale on fleece at Joann Fabrics and I was feeling motivated.  Stormy (a.k.a. Mr S.) needed a new bed so I thought hey, why not?  I had seen a picture of one of these but couldn't find instructions on how to make it.  So I decided to wing it and it turned out quite well.  Here is a tutorial if you would like to make one yourself.

No-Sew Pet Bed

1 yard fleece
Quilt batting/fluff of some sort
Old pet bed/pillow

1.  Measure the size you want the bed to be.  For me, I wanted the bed to fit in the top of Stormy's cat castle. 

2.  I used Stormy's old cat bed as a guide.  Add 6 inches to each side of your guide, or from Step 1's measurement.

3.  I measured 6 inches all around and marked them with a little black sharpie dot.

4.  Cut around the dots to make a circle.  Yes, I know...mine is somewhat odd looking, but worry not, it does not need to be perfect.

5.  Cut out batting.  I used the flat kind that comes in rolls because it was on sale, but I am sure you could use the fluffy kind in a bag or even an old pillow of the same size.  I cut out 6 circles of the batting.  If you are not using your old pet bed, cut out as many circles of batting as you feel is necessary for amply fluffiness. 

6.  Put 1/2 the batting on one side of the old bed, 1/2 on the other.  Again, if you are not using an old bed, just stack the batting all together.

7.  Set stuffing on top of the fleece circles, cut slices all around the fleece.  Make the cuts from the edge to about 1 inch away from the stuffing. 

8.  Set 1 piece of fleece on top of the stuffing, making a sandwich.

9.  Tie the strips all around the bed, holding the stuffing inside.  Tada!  The bed is done.  I tied single knots, but you could do a double knot if you wish. 

10.  Fits in the kitty castle!


Michelle said...

Hey Clair..thanks for the comment. I loved the way you made the Pet Bed thinking of making one for my cat but i am sure even if i make one he would still love to sleep on the sofa...;)You are welcome to join my blog...:)

-Claire said...

Thank you, I'm glad you liked it! Cats are so funny, I know Stormy likes his bed but I think he still prefers sprawling in the middle of the floor. :)