02 February 2012

Washable, No Sew Cat Bed

The other day in my Pinspiration post I shared a link to a no sew cat bed. I loved the bed and the design with different fabric on each side. 

No sew pet beds!
I really like to be able to wash Pearl's bedding and that didn't look doable with the design she used. The one that inspired me was totally enclosed and filled with batting. I thought it would be much easier to buy an inexpensive (cheap $2.99 Joe Boxer) bed pillow from Kmart. I knew if I wanted to be able to remove it I was not going to be able to use different fabric for the sides (bummer, it was so cute!) but washable was right up there with affordability. 

I decided to basically wrap the pillow overlapping the top of the fabric about 4". I also pulled the end fabric to the seam and added another 4" on each end then cut the fabric.

(The fabric is changing at this point because I made 2 and took photos at different times in the process)

Next,  I made 4" cuts along the edges of what would be the ends. After wrapping the pillow I lined up strips close to the middle for tying. Part of the tying includes three strips because of the overlap so I tied off three strips that aligned then just worked my way out on each side tying knots.

 The pillow can be easily taken out of the covering to be washed. I used polar fleece, if you do, remember to wash in cold water and air dry or it may shrink. You do not have to (or want to) untie any of the knots.

 When I posted the finished project the other day Pearl had not tried out her new beds. She now has and she is a very happy girl!

 I am not a very good tutorialist (is that a word? spell check says no) but hope you get the idea of what I did. I'll be happy to clarify anything that is needed. If you make one please let me know, I'd love to see what fabric you chose.


  1. She looks well-pleased with her new bed!
    Alison xx

  2. Oh, Beverly, this is awesome! And Pearl looks quite pleased. I'd have to make two of these for my little furrballs. I love that you made it washable too. So cool. Thanks for the {P}inspiration! ;o)

  3. It looks very cosy :)

  4. What a great idea! I'm looking for an inexpensive way to make beds for my foster pets - and I think this wins! Thanks!


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