Monday, January 4, 2010

Turn your old blankets and pillows into pet beds

I have been wanting to make beds for our cat Quita and our dog Bob but with all the holidays I just hadn't gotten around to it.  So over the weekend I set out to make them their own little beds.

I recycled a pillow and four blankets that weren't being used.

This is Quita's bed.  I took an old pillow the stuffing was starting to come out of and balled it up.  I put the pillow on top of an old fleece blanket and cut about 4-5 inches bigger all the way around the pillow.

I did a running stitch to gather the fleece around the pillow, then flipped the pillow over.

I cut the blanket around the pillow again and gathered with a running stitch.  It ended up looking like a paper bag waist on a pair of pants.  I sewed it all together by hand and then sewed a ribbon around it.

   It was free except for the ribbon which I didn't need to put on there, but I think it makes it much prettier for our kitty.

Bob's bed was just as easy.
I had a bunch of old baby blankets and an old comforter that had just been hanging around taking up space in our hall closet.  I folded the comforter in half (it's a twin size) and in half again.  I laid two baby blankets on top of the comforter and then tacked them all together with embroidery floss on each side and in the middle.
I did buy some fleece for the outside of this bed only because it was on sale.  (of course after I did, I found another fleece blanket that had been shoved waaay in the back of the closet)  I cut the fleece about an inch or two larger than the blankets I put together.  I got out my sewing machine and stitched it together like a big pillow case, turned it right side out, and inserted the pad of blankets.  Once the padding was inside I stitched up the opening by hand.  I might go back later and put a zipper in so I can wash the outside.

He loves his new bed, really... can't you tell by the look on his face?  :)


Cha Cha said...

How cute, my dog is drooling for it. Great job, thanks for sharing

sandy said...

Very cute! I would love to make one for my dog, but she would still just climb in bed with me.

Amanda said...

What a great idea!