Monday, 23 March 2015

How to make a cat bed

A guest post from Sonia Scowcroft, Cats Protection’s North West Dual Adoption Centre Manager

Have a wardrobe full of old jumpers that simply don’t fit any more? Why not make a cat bed? Here’s how to transform an old knitted sweater into a favourite cat-nap palace for your feline.

1. Obtain all the materials you will need to make the bed: jumper, filling (wadding or foam pieces) scissors, safety pin, wool/cotton thread and darning needle

Materials to make a cat bed

2. Securely stitch along the collar

Stitch along the collar of your jumper

3. Fold over the end of the sleeves and secure with a safety pin, then stuff the sleeves with your chosen filling

Stuff the jumper sleeves

4. Tuck the right sleeve into the left sleeve and securely stitch

Tuck the sleeves in and stitch them together

5. Fold the side of the jumper in on itself as per picture

Fold in the sides of the jumper

6. Securely stitch along the bottom of the sleeves

Stitch along the bottom of the jumper's sleeves

7. Your bed is now complete so just add cat!

The finished cat bed
Cat enjoying its new knitted bed

If your cat is one with a propensity to chew wool, then this jumper bed is probably not suitable for them. Also, as with all fabric beds, check it regularly for damage, to ensure there is no risk of entrapment.

This article was first published in the Winter 2014 issue of The Cat, Cat's Protection's official supporter magazine. Subscribe to The Cat at

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