Introduction: No Sew Pet Bed

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My kittens are very soft and sweet (don't tell Coco I said so - she's a fierce warrior kitten!), and they deserve a soft, sweet place to sleep.  These beds are so easy and quick to make, you can easily assemble one while watching your favorite half-hour tv show (make it a guilty pleasure one - it's all the more sweet).  

All you need is a yard of fabric, a bag of stuffing, and a pair of scissors, and you're on your way to making a custom pet bed!  I used two different patterns for each of my beds, but you can definitely make one from just one yard in one print.  I had enough left to make two more beds!  Speaking of which:

Leave me an adorable picture of your pet in the comments below and I'll choose the two most squee-worthy to send handmade beds from the remaining fabrics!  Deadline : end of 2011.

Step 1: Materials

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I used 1 yard each of two different prints of fleece per bed.  One yard will actually make two of the size I have, but you may want to make yours bigger or smaller!

Also some batting to fill it.  I used less than one of these bags to fill two.

Step 2: Cut Shape

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Decide what size bed you want and add at least 8" all the way around.  This is because we are going to cut 4" strips to tie together.

It's easiest if you cut the two layers at the same time. That way they'll be sure to line up perfectly!

First I cut the selvage edge from the fleece - it has the test printing on it.

Then I cut the fleece to half its width. 

Step 3: Cut Fringe

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Next I measured 4" in from each corner and laid a ruler across this line. 

I cut a slit every inch until it reached the ruler.  This was much easier than drawing a bunch of lines first.  (See picture 2)

You will end up cutting out the corner pieces.  (See picture 3)

Step 4: Knot

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Starting at one corner. tie the two sides together strip by strip.  Use a double knot to make sure it doesn't come undone. 

Tie together all of the strips, leaving an opening large enough to stuff with the batting.

Step 5: Stuff

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Fill the bed with batting and tie off remaining strips.  

You're finished!  All that's left is to introduce your pet to its new bed.  Hope you both enjoy!

Step 6: One Last Thing. . .

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In case you missed it in the introduction,  I have enough fabric left to make two more pet beds.  So leave me a picture of your pet being adorable (your own personal, original photographs pleeze!) in the comments here or on my Facebook Page before the end of 2011, and I just might choose you to receive one!  This is just a gift from me, so everyone is eligible!
(recipients will be chosen at random)


scoochmaroo (author)2012-01-01

I used Random Line Picker to compile all of our entries here and from the Scoochmaroo Facebook page and choose two winners.  

Congratulations to:

katieff and MsJaxFla


JillW21 (author)2016-04-05

I love this idea for my 6 year old girl scout troop. One question though, are these washable or does it just depend on the fabric used. We'd be making them for the local animal shelter and they can only use washable bedding. Thanks so much!

ScottiaP (author)JillW212016-10-03

I would use a real pillow with a pillow cover, then make the outside with the back side slit in the middle to take on and off for washing. :)

Photocat (author)2016-09-14

Is this washable?

ScottiaP (author)Photocat2016-10-03

I would use a real pillow with a pillow cover, then make the outside with the back side slit in the middle to take on and off for washing. :)

DebS33 (author)2015-12-31

Thanks so much for the awesome idea and instructions!! I ran across some XXL fleece pajamas at the thrift store in a really cute print that I thought would make some awesome cat beds. I'm not really into sewing though so I was hoping to find some ideas for "no sew" pet beds. This is perfect!!

vs_shine made it! (author)2015-05-25

My puppy loves his! Thanks for the instructions!

LynoraM (author)2015-05-22

KoreenaR made it! (author)2015-01-20

Old Time Pottery was having a sale on their throws for $1.98 each so I just took two, cut them in half and shaved them down a bit to each fit over a few old bed pillows I have. They LOVE them! Thank you so much for the idea/instructions!

Luv2cook74 (author)2014-12-15


catlily (author)2014-07-09

What an amazing cat bed!

It's really cute and if love to try it.

Could you make an inscrutable on how to make it have a roof? My cat looooves beds with roofs


ffcabral (author)2013-12-10

I almost died of adorable after I saw those photos :D Love this instructable and the cat is so cute.

charlieanderin (author)2013-06-24

My one cat carries it around in his mouth (even in the liter box)

Volcora (author)2013-05-11

Aaaw, how cute! Both cats had a "what are you looking at?" Pic

Wynd (author)2013-04-18

I love this idea :D I'm going to buy some older duvets from the thrift stores to stuff some of these beds for my [big] dogs :D

Wynd (author)2013-04-18

I love this idea :D I'm going to buy some older duvets from the thrift stores to stuff some of these beds for my [big] dogs :D

jmsdo (author)2012-01-31

I made a double sided comforter with this techinique and it worked great. Our household has many animals and beds get filthy. I think I will adapt this instructable by stuffing and old pillow case and sewing it shut, or creating a custom size larger bed from sheets or extra fabic. Stuff the case full and use the fleece as a washable cover!

mary candy (author)2012-01-22

Easy and cool project.

agis68 (author)2012-01-20

excellent project and idea. my cats gonna love it, when i make it!

HMice (author)2012-01-15

Um, no offense but the competition is meant to be sew something warm yet this is a NO SEW pet bed..........Still I love the idea and looks awesome

HMice (author)2012-01-14

My cute pup at Christmas!

Josehf Murchison (author)2012-01-09

Kitty like

Charms0972 (author)2011-12-28

i can haz bed?

bkennelly (author)Charms09722012-01-01

That kitten is ridiculous cute. Love the little "gloves"

scoochmaroo (author)2012-01-01

All of your photos are too cute by far!!! Thank you all for your participation. I will be announcing the winners soon!

MsJaxFla (author)2011-12-31

I love this bed and all of mine need new beds, but they must wait till I can save enough money to catch up on our property taxes.

I will tell all you gal's that still have to dress for work. SAVE all your nylon (really polyester) ankle, knee high, trouseur socks and panty hose to use for the stuffing. All you do is take a pair of scissors and cut them up. And if you have an old pillow case or one you don't like you can use that for the form, so you don't have to wash the stuffing every time. You can hand stitch it together quickly with semi long running stitches and them cover it with the great fleece fabric and tie that.

I have five, yes 5 kitty kats and the two grand babies have never had their own beds. And my darling little girl would so love her very own. Also have three grown up pups. And one MIA Rufus Pup.

Dotteddogsrock (author)2011-12-30

Here is my big old 8 year old who hogs my bed and needs her own!!

Charms0972 (author)2011-12-28

I can haz bed?

videogame57 (author)2011-12-28

I just love your cat, so cute. :D

PotatoCoffee (author)2011-12-28

Cute! Great idea!

michelle15 (author)2011-12-27

My kitten, Zissou, looks very similar to your kitten! Here's some pics of him when he was really young, though his raccoon tail is not so vibrant in these shots. He's also a very fierce warrior kitten. :D

Jubjubes (author)2011-12-27

Picture one is Maggie and Boots when he was still little.

Picture two is him in a pile of pillows, he put himself there, I walked into the room and he was like that, so cute!

Picture three is just Boots and me.

P.S. His real name is Rocko and if I win I'll give the bed to my neighbor who volunteers for a street cat rescue cause my dogs are too big for it.


Susan512 (author)2011-12-27

This is a wonderful idea! My pets would love these beds!

mobiledeb (author)2011-12-26

Absolutely mind blowing awesome idea! Even I, the all thumbs person, could manage this me thinks 8) Thank you for the idea.

efitts (author)2011-12-26

Thanks! Gidget's going to have one soon!

zippydogs (author)2011-12-26

Pick me, pick me.

binaspencer7 (author)2011-12-26

i love the dino fabric

fireballxl5 (author)2011-12-26

Our dachshund really needs a bed of his own.

xiambam (author)2011-12-26

Lovely Instructable. Here's my bunny wearing a leash and doggy under a blanket. :P

KCSCAMP (author)2011-12-26

I don't know if my 3 furbabies will give up their part of my bed, but I do believe I will give it a try...
and I have two 4 mth old, and one about 11 mths old that live outside...and I was trying to come up with something that will warm them and that I can toss in the washer....I do believe that this is just the thing!!
Thanks so much.
ALL are rescues...or strays
pictures are...Taco 20 lbs... 8yrs
Seven 6-1/2 lb... 8 yrs
Sassy 10 lb...8 yrs (has seizures) :-(
the outside ones...only have 1 orange and 1 torty
the larger black and white one is "Cookie" the little ones
half brother...their mother is the calico w/babies--she has mostly
moved somewhere else, but does come back for food some times

superdumb (author)2011-12-26

I've made a bunch of cozy people blankets like this but it never occured to me to stuff them… clever!

Fluffy, Tick Tock and Stella would all love to have cushy beds.

skiffe (author)2011-12-23


dagaherz (author)skiffe2011-12-26

Pet's torture... You can NOT win the contest!!! poor little pretty cat
I am in the contest for the bed too!!! so I must criticize the opponents

dagaherz (author)2011-12-26

Here you are: the promissed photo
The bed is mine!!!
I wanna mean... the bed is for Kei

katieff (author)2011-12-26

Those are really creative - thanks for lifehacker for sending me your way! My pugs love to snuggle up in their beds - here's some cute pics of Mae (fawn) and Ringo (black) for your enjoyment!

scoochmaroo (author)katieff2011-12-26

Thanks for letting me know about lifehacker! Awesome!

Cree8tive (author)2011-12-26

How adorable!! I plan on making one later on, after Christmas, after everything goes back to normal around here!! Course, with cats around nothing is normal, love it!!!!

DvlChicky (author)2011-12-26

"What?!? Doesn't everybody sleep in their toy box?"
"No more studying! Time to play with me!"
& just because it's so cute :)

dagaherz (author)2011-12-26

I am looking for one of these for Kei (I'll send you a photo to win the contest!!!)
No one in petshops, by internet, chinese shops,... looks like yours or can compete with a personal design (I had the problem but you gave me the idea/solution!!)

I will follow you and will return with Kei-photo

Great instructable and useful!!

almightyzan (author)2011-12-26

What a fantastic, easy idea! Thanks so much for sharing it. I love the affordability, and flexibility of this- and not having to settle for whatever the pet stores have in stock. I have 11 cats (I foster for a cat rescue), and I'll be getting to work on making several of these shortly. These will also be fantastic for the rescue... as they are always in need of affordable cat beds. Thanks again! In the meantime, here's one of my favorite photos of my two rescued brothers, Blue and Pinkerton.

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