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Cat Bed Tutorial

I know someone had asked for a tutorial for the cat bed posted here, and I gave a really lame outline in that post.. here's a slightly more detailed description with way too many photos..

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you'll need the following :
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* Some fabric (I've used a tablecloth, old flannel sheets and an old robe.. I got the fabric in the photo from a Joannes scrap bin). The whole project usually comes out to be about a yard a bed, with a little left over. You'll need enough for the sides (two times the height plus about 2 inches) and enough for two circles for the cushion inside, and the bottom of the bed.
* scissors
* adhesive glue (I use it - I suppose you could stitch instead)
* some straight pins
* a sewing machine
* quilters batting or something similar. I like the hi loft.
* something stiff that can be curved into a big circle.. I found some plastic sheets in our barn, but I suppose you can use cardboard.
* cardboard for the bottom of the bed.
* at least one cat.
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First step - decide on the size of the bed. Figure out how big the bed should be. I tried measuring my cat .. but ...
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Oscar said he would measure himself thankyouverymuch. We decided a bed that is 44 inches in circumference would suit a big kitty like Oscar. Remember, kitties like to squeeze into small places.

Take whatever you're using to make the 'wall' of the bed, be it plastic or cardboard, and create a circle of the above circumference. (I had to tape some sheets together to get the right length. No matter.. it's gonna be covered up.) Does it look about the right size for your kitty to snuggle in? Okay!

Lie it (cardboard or other) flat... and adhere the batting using the glue (or stitch it on).
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I usually fold it over twice for the inside of the bed (nice and soft!) with one layer on the outside.
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Cut and cover with the fabric. Leave a little hanging off .. you'll need that to stitch the bottom of the bed to.
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Here's where the sewing machine comes in .. use it to sew the two sides together, to cover the batting.
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Sew the two ends of the side together (I do this by hand, I suppose you could use the machine) and stitch in the bottom. Any excess fabric , stitch so it goes INSIDE the bed.

Now for the bottom cushion..
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TADA! I just tape it on the bottom. What can I say, I'm lazy and I cheat. :)
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Put the cushion inside .. and
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Just add the cat.. and you've got a cat bed! (Oscar ran off .. the sound of the sewing machine stresses him out. Otherwise he would have posed for a photo) :)

It really beats shelling out $10-15 bucks for a cat bed every few months. And you can just rip off the fabric when it gets funky and recover it.

ADDED: For those of you with a Ragshop nearby... heres a 40% off coupon for this week! I love RAGSHOP!!!


( 34 comments — Leave a comment )
Dec. 3rd, 2005 02:14 am (UTC)

beautiful cats!
Dec. 3rd, 2005 02:29 am (UTC)
Thanks, I've been looking for instructions for a cat bed I like... Kitty Christmas!
Dec. 3rd, 2005 02:42 am (UTC)
OH, man, this is so cool. I bet my yorkie would fit in one of these easily! Thank you!!
Dec. 3rd, 2005 03:35 am (UTC)

I am SO making these for my cats, even though I know they won't use them. They have their own human-sized bed to sleep in and I doubt they wanna give it up...[never mind that it's MY bed! They don't care about that.]
Dec. 3rd, 2005 04:43 am (UTC)
sprinkle a little catnip in the bed.. they'll go in. They'll also destroy it.. but it does look like fun when they get all kooky. THEN they'll go sleep on your bed..

I LOVE Bubbles.. he's the MAN! :)
Dec. 3rd, 2005 04:44 am (UTC)
That is SO what one of them would do! The other doesn't go for catnip, I don't know why.

I loves me some Bubbles ^_^ "A dope trailer is no place for a kitty!"

Dec. 3rd, 2005 03:36 am (UTC)
It's so creepy that your cat's name is Oscar. My Oscar looks like your Oscar!

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Dec. 3rd, 2005 03:42 am (UTC)
my george looks like both oscars ;) sorry no pic
Dec. 3rd, 2005 04:45 am (UTC)
Black kitties RULE!
Dec. 3rd, 2005 04:44 am (UTC)
Black kitties are the BEST! I've also got quite a few giraffe statues..

Your Oscar is quite handsome!
Dec. 3rd, 2005 03:51 am (UTC)
your oscars looks like my miko!!!
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Dec. 3rd, 2005 04:44 am (UTC)
aw.. .cute kitty!!
Dec. 3rd, 2005 05:39 am (UTC)
Your Oscars and Miko and George look like my Ethie... only I have no pictures of him. Couldn't get him to hold still if I tried. (And yes, black cats do rule, I have two of them. *heart*)
Dec. 3rd, 2005 01:27 pm (UTC)
So off topic, but I uploaded pictures of my cats a while ago for something else, so I figured I'd post them here. :D

Ethie: (only kitten pictures... camera isn't so good anymore)

Dec. 3rd, 2005 02:41 pm (UTC)
aw.. cute baby! The big fluffy Mack is gorgeous too... :)
Dec. 4th, 2005 01:22 am (UTC)
Hehe, thanks! He's my dahling.
Dec. 3rd, 2005 05:56 am (UTC)
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That bed with make my Hallow Cat a very Happy Kitty! ^____^ Thank you muchly!

<3 Candice
Dec. 3rd, 2005 05:57 am (UTC)
Would* I can't type. O_o

<3 <3
Dec. 3rd, 2005 02:40 pm (UTC)
She's lovely... STUNNING. What a pretty kitty.
Dec. 3rd, 2005 05:25 pm (UTC)
^___^ Thank you!! She's my baby. =^-^=

<3 <3
Dec. 3rd, 2005 07:40 am (UTC)
I love cats so much but I'm allergic. I am jealous of all your guys's black cats. :P
Dec. 3rd, 2005 08:24 am (UTC)
Ditto. Cats are awesome, but I like breathing better. :(
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Dec. 3rd, 2005 02:42 pm (UTC)
I was making another bed
for a friend whos gonna be cat sitting for me.. it's a lot easier to document as you're doing it. (all things are like that, really. Except maybe surgery :p )
Dec. 3rd, 2005 04:40 pm (UTC)
These two will most definitely be getting those! Great tutorial, thankyoumuch!
Dec. 3rd, 2005 08:26 pm (UTC)
Cat (that's her name) thanks you very much.

I planned on making her one of these for xmas. It's nice to have something to follow instead of just winging it.
Dec. 4th, 2005 12:05 am (UTC)
she's lovely.. what a gorgeous cat!
Dec. 4th, 2005 12:01 am (UTC)
thanks! now im not going to make one for my sisters new kitten
Dec. 4th, 2005 12:05 am (UTC)
now im not going to make one for my sisters new kitten

aw.. you're not gonna make one? :(

Make one for the kitty... she'll love it! :)
Dec. 4th, 2005 10:05 pm (UTC)
ooppps i ment i wass going to make one haha sorry
Dec. 4th, 2005 02:28 am (UTC)
I made one for my cats and they have absolutely no interest in it. :( I sprinkled cat nip in it and they just licked it up and buggered off. They just don't appreciate me. :P
Dec. 4th, 2005 03:15 pm (UTC)
Aw .. they appreciate you.

You know cats. They do things on their own schedule. My cats IGNORED these beds for almost three weeks, and then of a sudden they started using them! I had two, now I've made four (one per cat).

You can't expect a cat to do something. That's why I like them.. :)
Dec. 4th, 2005 10:08 pm (UTC)
aww lol cats are very self sufficiant lol incase u didnt see my reply up there i ment to say i WAS going to make one for my sisters kitten i miss typed. I hope he likes it
Jun. 4th, 2008 12:52 am (UTC)
This tute was awesome. I made one for my cat, and he stepped right into it and fell asleep! Thanks!
Marianna Vayntrub Dochtermann
May. 23rd, 2012 08:51 pm (UTC)
Thank you for a very nice tutorial.
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