This is a fairly simple sewing project that shouldn't take more than an hour! I've recently made 3 pet beds for my 3 cats - and I'm happy to say they all use their own bed and love them - except my one cat claims them all as her own! This particular one I made I wanted it to be a simple and fast project that others could learn to make also. It's similar in style to this "Oval Donut Cat Bed" sold by Petco. I like mine better because it has a cool bolster pillow and cute fabric! If you have fabric remnants or unused fleece material - this is a great project to put it to good use!
If you have any questions, please feel free to ask!
Step 1: Preparation & Materials
- 1 yard of fleece material (or other soft, plush material)
- cutting materials - scissors or rotary cutter, mat set (this saves me a lot of time)
- add an extra 1/2 yard for pillow and round insert (blanket)
- stuffing to fill it with
- sewing machine (I love the Brother CS600i), pins, measuring tape
- cat or other pet to enjoy it
- *catnip - optional
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Step 2: Cut & Sew Around
Once cut, you can pin it together along the edges if you like. Be sure to leave 2-3 inches of space as an opening - I placed two pins about 2 inches apart so I would remember to stop sewing there. This will be the opening needed so you can turn this thing right-side out after sewing this big round seam.
After sewing the seam, then trim off any excess material, without getting too close to the seam. You can see in my photos that I left had an opening for the turning and stuffing.
Step 3: Turn It & Pin Some More
Step 4: Sew the Middle Part of the Cat Bed
Once that's done, you'll need to take out your stuffing and at this time you'll want to stuff the middle part of the cat bed. Fill it as much or as little as you like. To make it even, I pulled the stuffing apart a lot and put little bits in repeatedly until it was stuffed the way I liked it. I didn't want it filled too much as that would look odd, but I did enough for it to be really comfortable.
After that, you can place pins through the two layers again if you like and head on back to the sewing machine. Now you can slowly finish that seam you just made a few minutes back. After finishing the seam, the middle is completed. You can also stuff the rest of the cat bed while you're at it. This way you can see how the amount you use looks with the amount stuffed in the sides. Just be sure to leave the front area empty so you can sew your middle seam up.
Once the middle seam is done, you can then finish filling up the outside loop or edges.
Step 5: Final Stuffing & Seam
Great job if you're still with me here because you are done! Now, if you want to add some finishing touches - like the round blanket in the middle and the bolster pillow, please check out the last few steps!
Step 6: Cat Blanket & Bolster Pillow
Cat Bolster Pillow
- First sew the main piece of material which is folded down, wrong-side out, but at about 2 inches in from one side, leave a space of 2 inches as an opening so you can turn this thing right-side out later. Please see image.
- Then pin the round ends to it and sew the round pieces to the main body piece, turning and adjusting the sewing machine as you go along.
- Once that's done, turn this whole thing right-side out through the opening.
- Stuff it until it's as full as you want it to be.
- Then, fold the final opening inward and pin it. Then topstitch it and you're done!