For a while now, our cat has been sleeping on an old (ugly) bean bag chair that was carelessly left in our basement just long enough for him to get attached. It’s hideous, but he didn’t have anywhere else (nice) to sleep, so the bean bag chair had to stay. In a effort to take back my basement, I decided to make our kitty a new bed from a re-purposed t-shirt and some extra fleece fabric I had laying around.
This is actually the second pillow/cover combination I have made – my dog has a bigger one made of old jeans. I really like that I can pull the pillow insert out from the cover and wash the cover rather than trying to wash a giant pillow in my machine. Not only is it easier on my machine, but it also gets washed a lot more frequently because it is so much easier! Stinky pet beds are not something I am a big fan of.
Items you will need:
- Fabric for the cover
- Old t-shirt or other fabric for the pillow insert
- Pillow stuffing
- Sewing machine, thread, pins, scissors, etc.
To make the pillow insert, cut an old t-shirt right under the arms so it’s a square/rectangle. I used one of my husband’s medium sized shirts and the dimensions came out to 19×12 inches. You can also use new fabric and other sizes to accommodate what supplies you have available as well as your pet’s specific needs.
Next, turn the shirt piece inside-out and sew up the sides, leaving a hole at the end big enough to turn it rightside-out.
Turn the pillow insert rightside-out and stuff it with the pillow stuffing. Then, you will sew up the hole. Normally, I would do a blind stitch here by hand so you wouldn’t see where the hole had been, but this is a pet bed and the insert will not be seen, so I took the lazy gal’s way out and used my machine to close it up.
To make the cover for your insert, lay the outer fabric out and place your pillow insert on top so you can get an idea of what size to cut it to. For my 19×12 insert, I used 15×53 of the cover fabric.
Once your cover fabric is cut, hem both ends by folding in one inch and then rolling that again and sewing it down (after hemming, my cover measured 15×49).
Now, fold over (inside out) 15 inches on one side and 13 inches up on the other side so they overlap each other. Sew up both sides, leaving the open pocket.
Turn right-side out and stuff the pillow inside the cover through the open pocket and you’re done!
Give the pillow to your pet and enjoy the satisfaction of a job well done and a comfy pet.
Pro-Tip: If you’re making this pillow for your cat and he isn’t terribly impressed by it at first, hide some catnip inside the cover. This will encourage him to at least give it a try. *grin*