How to Make a (no-sew) Pet Bed

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About: I'm a writer and artist based in upstate NY.

Recently, a friend's mom gave me a boat load of fabric. She gave me three or so yards of this awesome, fuzzy, purple, cheetah-print which I thought would be perfect for a cat bed! I made it for my friend's cats and one of them actually liked it... Unlike the other cat, but that's okay. :)
Here's how I made it and how you can make it too:

Supplies:

Step 1: Cutting the Pieces

Cut out two pieces of your fuzzy fabric way bigger than you think you'll need. My pieces were 30" x 17" and I thought that would be way too big, but I definitely could have gone larger. You'll also need a significant amount of poly-fil and a pair of scissors.

Step 2: Cutting the Strips

Place the pieces wrong sides together and cut slits all the way around. Also cut a square out of the corners, like the picture below. You'll want your strips to be 1" apart and at least 4" long, but probably longer.

Step 3: Tying the Strips

Tie the strips almost all the way around, but make sure to leave a few untied.

Step 4: Stuffing

Stuff with some poly-fil and tie the rest of the strips together. I didn't stuff it all the way just because I figured a cat would be more comfortable with a little dip/well in the center of the pet bed.

Step 5: Finished!

Now all you have to do is put a cat on it!

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    MissEnchanting

    2 years ago

    I so loooooooooooooooooooooooove this! Not that Lynxx doesn't have enough stuff as is...but you know :)

    Cat momma's go Kitty crazy!

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    gunfire

    4 years ago on Introduction

    why am I leaving a few strips untied. How many is a few?. Everything the same if I don't stuff

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    GuineaPigKitKatgunfire

    Reply 2 years ago

    you leave a few strips untied because the strips are like the sewing part of this. You leave a little opn so you can get the stuffing in. Oh, and if you don't stuff it, its not much of a cushion, just a cloth on the floor.

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    danni930

    3 years ago

    How much fabric would you need for a large dog??? Also how much bigger would you have used for a cat bed....

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    elewis03danni930

    Reply 3 years ago

    Probably at least two yards. The strips shrink it down significantly.

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    gunfire

    4 years ago on Introduction

    look up Comfort for Critters. The lady collect blankets made and send them all

    over the country. Crochette knit and no sew fleeces. Look for inspiration

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    atomiclizard

    5 years ago on Introduction

    I thought this was an Ible on how to make your cat's face look like Gene Simmons but then I saw the easy-to-follow cat bed instructions! So you get my vote. For the bed...and Kiss-Cat.

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    jogene1

    5 years ago

    I want to make this for my cat. when you say "tie", are you using the slits you cut tied inyo each other?

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    eyouel

    5 years ago

    Just have to say, your cat is awesome

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    Abigail02

    5 years ago

    Sweet! Thanks for the ible!