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? :)