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DIY Cat Bed Tutorial

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How to Make a Cat Bed for your sweet kitty!! 

Do you have a sewing machine and a few basic sewing skills? This DIY Cat Bed tutorial is super easy- no buttons or zippers to make to project difficult. The step-by-step tutorial will show you how to take an old pillow and turn it into the comfiest and coziest bed that is perfect for your cat (or dog!)

How to make a cat bed.

DIY Pet Bed Tutorial

(This post was sponsored by Feliway®_

We’ve got two cats that did not grow up together. Sometimes they get along and sometimes they don’t! (It’s weird, I think it depends on the weather, lol.)

I read an article that said to help keep them happy, make sure they have their own litter box, food bowl, and place to sleep.  Another way is to use a product that will help to reduce conflict between cats living together, like FELIWAY MultiCat. FELIWAY mimics the natural pheromone and has been clinically proven to reduce tension and conflicts between household cats. We’ve been using it and I do think it’s helping.

feliway multicat review

Our two kitties, Rocky and Callie, have separate food and litter box areas, but lately, we’ve been catching Callie sleeping in Rocky’s special spot.  

So I did what any crafty cat mom would do and made her a new bed for her sleeping spot!

DIY cat bed tutorial

And I have to say, this DIY Cat Bed is perfect for Callie. She loves it and has been sleeping on it constantly.

DIY Cat Bed from an Old Pillow:

For our cat bed, we used fleece fabric and a bit of trim from my stash and an old pillow the kids happened to find at a neighborhood garage sale a few weeks back.  (Usually, I get rid of their garage sale “treasures” fairly quickly, but we still had these pillows around and they were the perfect size for a cat bed.) 

If you don’t happen to have any pillow forms lying around, Amazon sells them or you can use a bed pillow; just shorten the width with your sewing machine if you want a square pillow.

More Fun DIY Cat Projects:


Ready to make a new cat bed? Read on!

How to Make a Cat Bed 

Materials needed:

  • soft fabric
  • pillow form
  • ruler
  • scissors
  • basic sewing supplies
  • optional: trim

Cat Bed Tutorial:

Step 1: Get your measurements and cut fabric.

Measure your pillow on both sides.  Add three inches to your both of your pillow measurements.  (So if your pillow measured 20 by 25, your “new” measurement is 23 by 28.)

Cut 1 front pillow piece to your new measurement.

Get measurements for back pieces: (these 2 pieces make the “envelope.”)  These 2 pieces need to be the same height as the 1st piece, but slightly shorter in width.  Multiply your “new” pillow width measurements by .7

Cut 2 back pillow pieces the new measurement height by the # you calculated in the step above.

Step 2: Assemble the pillow cover.

Fold one side edge of a back piece over 1/4 inch and press.  Press and fold another 1/4 inch.  Stitch down the fold to finish the edge.  Repeat for the second back piece.  (I used fleece, which doesn’t fray, so I only folded it once.)

diy pet bed tutorial

Lay out the front pillow piece, right side up and layer the two back pieces right sides down on top of the front piece, lining up all the raw edges (finished seams should be toward the center to create the envelope.)  Pin in place.

Sew along the edge using a 1/2 inch seam allowance.

How to make an envelope pillow cover

Flip the pillow right side out.  Sew a second seam one inch over from the edge.

DIY Cat Bed Tutorial

You can stop here and have a great looking pillow. (similar looking to these watercolor pillows we did.)

Or add a bit of trim for a pillow fit for a queen…

Step 3: Adding trim to your DIY Cat Bed.

Line your trim up along the 2nd seam of the pillow, pin in place and sew on using coordinating thread.

how to add trim to a pillow

Trim all your threads, insert your pillow and you are done!

make a cat bed using an old pillow

Now all you have to do is get your kitty to lie on the pillow!

how to make a pet pillow (DIY cat bed)

What do you think? Have you ever made a bed for your pet?  Let us know in the comments below!

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  1. Thank you the information about Felaway. I had not heard of this before. I forwarded it to my son as they just added cat #4 to their household.

    1. you are welcome, I hope it helps!

  2. things to do says:

    Find this post right when I’m thinking about buying new bed for my cat, the old one is too small for him now. Gotta DIY it, thank you for the tutorial!

  3. I can’t wait to make one of these pillows!

  4. Not just a cat bed, this is perfect for small dogs too! In fact, we have a new puppy – I may try to do this myself!

  5. I am going to look for this. I just started fostering some kittens and my original cat is not happy!

  6. Marcie W. says:

    I can not wait to share this awesome tutorial with my mom! She was recently instructed to kick her cat out of her bedroom due to asthma and allergies, so making sure he’s comfortable is a top priority for her.

  7. Neely Moldovan says:

    How easy and great for people needing a cat bed! I know my dad would love for me to make him one!

  8. Gingermommy says:

    We have three dogs and they can get kinda stinky. I have been looking for a new bed for them and am totally going to make my own after seeing this! Awesome job!

    1. Thanks! Since it is just a pillow cover, it’s super easy to wash too.

  9. Claudia May says:

    I have two pillow forms to make Lulu a up and down stairs pet bed. I already have made my choice of colors; cream with a formal look, and for the family room Willow Blue print to match my Johnson brother’s Willow Blue stone ware.
    Thank you, thank you for this wonderful bed project for my sweet little Lulu. You have a perfect way to explain and show how to make the pet bed. You have lots of talent, and thank you again for being so kind to share.