Introduction: Super Easy Cat Bed With Toys (From Scraps)

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This bed will be loved by your cat, and, it is very easy to make! My cats were already laying on it before it was done, that shows that this is a winner! Have fun with the toys that are made from the leftover scarps and use up some of your old socks all at the same time! Have Fun!

Step 1: Materials and Equipment

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You will need a few things to make this:

• 3 5” x 5’ fleece pieces in different colors
• Thread
• 1 yd. of string
• Dowel rod
• Old socks (to fill the bed)

• Sewing machine
• Scissors
• Rotary cutter, cutting mat, and ruler
• Pins
• Needle


Step 2: Preparing the Fleece

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Cut the selvages and crooked edges off of the three fleece strips with the rotary cutter (or scissors, if you don’t have one). Cut each strip of fleece in half so that the pieces are shorter (not narrower), fold each in half. With the rotary cutter, cut each piece of fleece into two pieces the long direction, (so that they are narrower) not necessarily the same size. Lay them out in the order that you would like them to be, leaving out one strip of each color (you will use them for the toys).

Step 3: Putting the Fleece Together

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Line up the edges of the fleece strips and pin the first two pieces together so that the edges are lined up. Sew along the pinned edge with the sewing machine with the wrong sides together using ¼ inch seam allowance. Do this for all 9 pieces. (My cats can’t wait for their new bed!!)

Step 4: Closing the Body

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Cut off all of the uneven edges with the rotary cutter*. Fold the fleece in half with the wrong sides together and pin. Sew along the outside of the fleece using ¼ seam allowance. Leave a 4” opening in the seam.

Step 5: Finishing the Bed Off

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Cut the fabric on the corners down to the seam (be very careful not to cut the seam) to reduce the bulk. Turn the fleece inside out. Stuff the bed with the old socks. If you want, cut the socks into smaller pieces. Spread the socks out so that the bed is not lumpy. Close the opening in the bed with a slip stich. Trim all loose threads.

Step 6: Making the First Toy

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With the scraps that you cut after the strips had been sewn together*, the string, and the dowel rod, you can make a simple toy on a stick type cat toy. Tie the string around the two scrap pieces and then tightly tie it around the dowel rod. That’s all it takes!

Step 7: Making the Second Toy

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With the rotary cutter, cut small strips out of the three leftover strips from earlier. Line them all up and tie a knot at the top. This makes a good toy for the cats when you are busy!

Step 8: Enjoy!

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Enjoy this great trio of cat supplies with your furry friend! Both of you will have lots of fun! Try adding some catnip to increase the fun!


bunnystell (author)2015-09-16

I really want to try this, but I reckon my bunnies will take over it instead of the cat!!!

catlily (author)2015-01-07

Wow! I reaaally want to try this!!! I should try this but since being a awful sewer, will this work if I just folded up a blanket?

kvhellokitty (author)2012-08-07

A lot easier with a body con skirt. Great concept

kvhellokitty (author)2012-06-06

I made mine with a body con skirt.
It was a bit easier.
I did it both ways.
Great tutorial.

7katz (author)2011-07-22

Here is Orangie and George, still loving their bed!

7katz (author)2011-07-14

Hey guys! Please vote for my instructable in the pets contest! I'm glad you all like it so far.

ChrysN (author)2011-07-13

Nice, they seem to love the toy and the bed.

7katz (author)ChrysN2011-07-14

Yes they do! After I was finished with the camera, even the shyer cats came out!

boczhunor (author)2011-07-14

Nice! :)

7katz (author)boczhunor2011-07-14


cerene (author)2011-07-13

"Making biscuits" on it...definitely a seal of approval. :D

7katz (author)cerene2011-07-13

ha ha! that's funny!

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