This DIY Cat Bed tutorial will show you how to easily make an envelope pillow cover that makes a perfect bed for your cat (or dog!)
This post is sponsored by FELIWAY®. All opinions and text are my own.
DIY Cat Bed Tutorial:
Introducing a new cat into a household that already has a cat can be stressful for the original kitty. When we adopted our sweet Callie-kitty, Rocky was definitely one unhappy cat. As time has gone on though, he has become more accustomed to her. (Rocky has never bothered Callie, she’s really good at just ignoring him and helping herself to his food, lol.) But even though Rocky is more used to having her in his territory, he still acts a little “jerky” towards her.
The main issue is that Rocky’s just not able to relax when she’s in the room. He will continuously run around whichever room they’re in together, and must ALWAYS be perched above her. (Example: if she’s just walking by, he races past her and jumps on the table or if she is sleeping on the couch, he must be on the couch too, only 3 feet away and perched up on the back of the couch so he will never lose sight of her. My guess is, he has the feeling that he can’t relax and must always keep one eye on her and whatever she’s doing. (even sleeping) I can tell with this behavior that she is still causing the poor guy stress.
Rocky’s a pretty good cat and other than this passive-aggressive behavior around Callie (and strangers too) we are fortunate he doesn’t really display any other bad behaviors. (There are a few other signs your cat might be under stress: destructive scratching, peeing outside the litter box, hiding, changes in appetite and over-grooming – and as always, you might want to check with your vet to make sure there is no underlying health issue causing these behaviors.)
One of the ways we are helping Rocky get along better with Callie is with the use of FELIWAY® MultiCat Diffuser Plugin. FELIWAY® MultiCat is a super easy-to-use product that will help to reduce conflict between cats living together.
How does FELIWAY® work?
Mother cats naturally emit a pheromone message to their kittens to help them feel safe and secure. FELIWAY® MultiCat mimics the natural pheromone and has been clinically proven to reduce tension and conflicts between household cats.
It’s super easy to use, just twist the FELIWAY® MultiCat vial into the diffuser unit and plug it into an electrical outlet. Leave the diffuser continuously plugged in for at least 30 days to keep your cats in happy and in harmony. For best results, use the diffuser in an open area (not behind furniture) where your cats like to hang out. Each diffuser refill covers an area up to 700 sq. ft and lasts about 30 days.
Other helpful ways to de-stress your cats is to make sure they have a calm environment, and they know they always have an “escape route” (leave the room door open) have their own scratching posts, food bowl, and sleeping space. We generally meet all these conditions, and Callie does have a favorite sleeping spot upstairs, but lately, we’ve been catching her sleeping in Rocky’s special spot.
So we did what any crafty family would do and made her a new pillow for her sleeping spot!
And I have to say, this DIY Cat Bed is perfect for her…
For our cat bed, the kids happened to find a couple of huge pillows at a neighborhood garage sale a few weeks back. Usually, I am able to 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, you can use a bed pillow too; just shorten the width with your sewing machine if you want a square pillow
Ready to make a new cat bed? Read on!
How to Make a Cat Bed (envelope pillow cover tutorial)
- soft fabric
- pillow form
- basic sewing supplies
- optional: trim
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 pillow
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.)
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.
Flip the pillow right side out. Sew a second seam one inch over from the edge.
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.
Line your trim up along the 2nd seam of the pillow, pin in place and sew on using coordinating thread.
Trim all your threads, insert your pillow and you are done!
Now all you have to do is get your kitty to lie on the pillow!
What do you think? Do you have any experience or tips to share that might help others having the same issues with multiple cats in the house? Let us know in the comments below!