Introduction: How to Sew a Round Cat Bed & Bolster Pillow

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Pet beds can be pricey at the pet stores. If you like to sew, this is a quick and easy pet bed and our cats just love it. My cat Tommy seems to know when I'm sewing something for her - as she plops down on the material as I'm trying to cut it! As soon as this one was completed, she made herself at'll see from the photos that I hadn't even moved it off the cutting mat when she claimed it as her own! The bed wouldn't be complete without a pillow - so I also explain how to make your cat a bolster pillow for their new bed as well - that is the last step!

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

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  • 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

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The first step is quite simple.  You'll want to cut out a large circle that is 22 inches by 22 inches across at the widest part. To do so, make sure you have a piece that is at least 22 inches by 22 inches or larger. Make a point in the center - just be sure it is at least 11 inches from all edges of the material. Then take your measuring tape and hold it with one hand at the circle in the middle (or use a pin to secure it) - and at the 11 inch spot on the measuring tape, make marks along the fabric as you move the measuring tape around. Hold the beginning of the measuring tape in the middle, and continue with that until you have enough marks on your fabric to finish up the circle and cut it out. Make sure you cut two pieces out.

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

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Now, carefully turn this thing right-side out through the opening you left in the last step. Once this is done, really lay it out and flatten it so it's even. After that, you'll want to use your measuring tape or ruler and measure 4 inches in from the edge seam. Measure it and place a pin through both layers of material at the spot that is 4 inches in from the edge. Continue doing this all the way around but stop so you have a good 3-4 inches of space in the middle (the same area you have the opening). Use pins turned vertically to visually remind yourself of that.

Step 4: Sew the Middle Part of the Cat Bed

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Now you'll want to sew the middle part of the cat bed - and you are sewing through both layers of material. As you sew, carefully remove pins along the way. Please see images to fully understand this step. Do not complete the circle - leave the 3-4 inches open like in the pictures.

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

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Finally you can totally finish stuffing the sides of the cat bed. I filled the sides to the max as I like how it looks that way. If it is understuffed, you will end up with weird creases. I then went to the opening and carefully folded the edges inward and pinned them. Then I did a top stitch over that to finish it off. And, it's hardly noticeable once the bed is done.

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

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The cat blanket or contrasting fleece material in the middle - is simply a piece of fleece material approximately 14 inches by 14 inches at its widest part. You'll need to cut this in the same way you cut the main pieces out. Just cut one of these and place on top of your cat bed for a cute contrast of material and it's nice and easy to take off and wash it.

Cat Bolster Pillow
For the pillow, I cut out a piece of material that was 13 inches wide by 12 inches tall. Once cut out, fold the material down so you have a piece which is 13 inches wide by 6 inches tall (on the fold). You'll also need to cut out two circles which are 4 inches at their widest part.
  • 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!


Psychadelicate made it! (author)2017-05-17

I've just made three of these this week, and my cats love them! I might make a couple more as one of them likes to follow me around - so I can leave a bed for him in every room (spoilt much?!). I also skipped the bolster cushion. And one other thing, I used up some wadding I had in my stash to pad the base and then used loose stuffing to fill the ring. Worked a treat. Thank you for a great simple pattern.

HollyMann (author)Psychadelicate2017-05-19

Psychadelicate - awesome name! I LOVE your kitty pictures and so happy you made these. I need to make some more now myself! Thank you for sharing your photos and your cats are gorgeous!

mmalik13 made it! (author)2014-07-08

My Princess Fiona Loves her new bed!!!! Thanks

HollyMann (author)mmalik132017-01-23

Soooo cute!

kagomez95 made it! (author)2015-04-11

Thanks so much! I has fun making this and it turned out pretty well, especially for soneone who's never sewed anything before. Great beginner's project. As soon I was done, my cat plopped right on it ❤

HollyMann (author)kagomez952017-01-23

My comment is two years later...but you did an amazing job and your cat is Adorable!

pennylcarlson (author)2015-07-04

I just adopted a cat and found your great tutorial. Thanks; I can't wait to get to the store and get the looks SO comfy!

HollyMann (author)pennylcarlson2017-01-23

No problem! :) So happy you adopted a kitty!

AngalisaW made it! (author)2015-10-30

I resized this idea to make a bed for my Guinea pig. She loves it!

HollyMann (author)AngalisaW2017-01-23

I LOVEEEE the colors...and for your guinea pig? Awesome!!!

WarrenC26 made it! (author)2016-11-16

Awesome, I made one and I'm a man! To top it all my cat is now sleeping in it rather than furring up my favourite chair. Didn't go quite as far as creating the bolster as I don't think Silky would know what to do with it.

Thanks for the great instructions.

Thanks for the great instructions.

HollyMann (author)WarrenC262017-01-23

I'm so impressed Warren! I wish I saw this comment sooner. Excellent job!!! Thanks for sharing a picture. My kitty still sleeps in his bed too! So glad I made it..I need to make one more too!

DeborahL59 made it! (author)2016-12-26

i had fun making these as a Christmas gift for my brother, who has two cats. I stitched mine by hand because I just really enjoy hand stitching.

HollyMann (author)DeborahL592017-01-23

Amazing job Deborah! I wish I saw this comment sooner. I LOVE the colors!!!! WOW - yours look so nice!

MizMolly made it! (author)2017-01-23

I just recently taught myself how to sew and I am loving it. As you can see, my cat beds aren't purrfect, but they are cute. I made this 28" to accomodate two bengal cats that a lady I know has. They love it. I decided to make it so you can flip it to either side.

HollyMann (author)MizMolly2017-01-23

Aww you did such a great job! :) I LOVE IT! Thanks so much for sharing your photos and story. Wow I would love to see the bengal cats too! How awesome!

carolyn.durham.58 (author)2015-04-07

I made two openings in outside ring to make it easier to stuff.

Used old sweatshirts for my first one. Will make another one out of fleece

madison_carr (author)2015-03-22

i am making this for a school project and am really enjoying it. i am almost done and my cat is loving it


HollyMann (author)madison_carr2015-03-31

Hi Madison! So awesome to hear! Hope it turned out nice!

mcharles8 (author)2014-11-04

Aww cute cat

mlazarovska (author)2014-01-09

finally my cat will have a place of her own in every room :)

HollyMann (author)mlazarovska2014-01-09

Yay good! :)

parisusa (author)2013-08-22

I love to sew and I love cats! But right now we only have a pet bunny & he chews Everything soft! I'll make this when we adopt a kitty! Love All your ideas!

HollyMann (author)parisusa2013-10-25

Thanks again for the sweet comment! I haven't been on here in a while...busy with school...have you been making anything cool? Too bad you can't make one for the bunny! :)

parisusa (author)2013-08-22

The bolster is so Darn cute!

HollyMann (author)parisusa2013-10-25

Thanks so much!

studleylee (author)2013-08-06

Very Nice and definitely Tommy(lady) approves!!!

HollyMann (author)studleylee2013-08-12

Thanks Lee. :) My son named her Tommy when we got her as a kitten - named after our previous cat Tommy(male cat) we had in Thailand years back. She is a cutie and approves of all cat furniture as she hogs them all!

lindarose92 (author)2013-08-08

Aaaw Tommy is sooo cute! I can't believe how simple and nice this cat bed is, they are always quite expensive here too...I am not good at sewing but it looks so easy, I will try to make one for my cat this fall! :)

HollyMann (author)lindarose922013-08-12

Thanks Linda. :) She is my little model kitty and likes to get her pics taken. I was at the pet store recently and saw stuff even simpler to make - just a rectangular bed for a dog or cat and they were asking $80 USD - wow! I'm sure you'll become really good at sewing once you do it a few times. I wasn't good at it either at first....then you get the hang of it and just get better!!! Good luck!

jessyratfink (author)2013-08-04

Clicked for pictures of Tommy - no regrets! :D

HollyMann (author)jessyratfink2013-08-05

aww thanks Jessy! The pics of her turned out so clear..she is my little model kitty

M.C. Langer (author)2013-08-04

Awesome piece of work, Holly!

HollyMann (author)M.C. Langer2013-08-05

Thanks Mario :)

MicioGatta (author)2013-08-05

Beautiful work and beautiful cat!

HollyMann (author)MicioGatta2013-08-05

Thanks so much!

Sam DeRose (author)2013-08-04

Great post as always Holly!

HollyMann (author)Sam DeRose2013-08-04

Thank you so much Sam :)

artfulann (author)2013-08-04

My pets (dogs and cats) lay on anything that I'm sewing. It is a constant problem (for me!! not them). I will use your instructions to make a bigger model as my cats seem to like to snuggle on the "dog" beds...go figure.

HollyMann (author)artfulann2013-08-04

Yeah same here! :) I hope your cats like this! :)

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