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Friday, December 21, 2012

DIY Cat Bed Sewn from Re-purposed Flannel and Tee Shirts


So with three days until Christmas, you have all your shopping done, gifts are wrapped and under the tree and all of a sudden you realize - you forgot to get a gift for the cat!  

If your cat is anything like ours, that wouldn't go over very well. And if your cat is anything like ours, he deserves a nice gift. Our cat, Linus, keeps the barn and run rodent-free, he never bothers the chickens or ducks and he adds a distinct element of humor to our family.  So a gift is definitely in order.


But don't panic.  All you need is an old flannel shirt, four t-shirts that are ready for the rag bin and about half an hour of your time.  This easy DIY project can be sewn on the sewing machine or by hand, but by machine is definitely faster.  So raid your husband's closet and let's get sewing!


What You Will Need:

One flannel shirt, the bigger the better (womens  L or mens L or XL)
Four cotton t-shirts
Coordinating thread

How-to:
Button shirt and turn inside out. Sew across collar from end to end.

Cut collar off.

Remove buttons from each sleeve cuff.

Sew along sleeve cuff from end toward elbow to close slit.

Turn shirt right side out and sew across the top (about 4 inches down from the shoulder) from sleeve seam to sleeve seam.

Roll two of the t-shirts  length-wise.

Then insert one t-shirt into each sleeve, working the tee all the way to the collar.  At this point I had to explain to our dog that no, I wasn't making a new toy for her. This was for the cat.  That went over about as well as can be expected.

Your shirt should look like this now.

Fold the remaining two t-shirts and slide them into the body of the flannel shirt.

Sew along the bottom seam.

Sew the sleeve cuffs together. Your project should look like this now.

Turn the shirt upside down and starting at one armpit sew the sleeve to the body, rounding the corners.  Trim the excess body of the shirt at the corners.

And there you have it! A comfy cat bed.  Add a few toys and a bag of treats and you'll have one happy cat on Christmas morning.


Of course I had to give Linus his gift early to be sure it was cat-tested before I wrote about it, and clearly he gives his new bed two paws up!



Merry Christmas to you and yours!

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17 comments:

  1. Absolutely love this! And all the ideas u have. Thx so much for sharing!
    Brenda in TN
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    1. Thank you ! I've seen this done with old sweaters but didn't have one of those. This was a fun project.

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  2. From a person who repurposes on a regular basis, I tip my hat to you - brilliant.

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    1. Thank you! This was a fun project and it came out so cute. And who doesn't have a few t-shirts that are ready to be re-purposed?

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  3. That's a very nice flannel shirt you used!! You could also go to the thrift shop and get lots of cheap flannel shirts for cat and dog beds. Great idea!! Lucky cat!!

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    1. It was a beautiful shirt until I shrunk it! That's sort of why this project evolved. I couldn't bear to throw it out! I will definitely check Goodwill and see if I can find some more flannel shirt and make some more bed - after all, a cat can never have too many places to curl up and sleep.

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  4. Linus sounds to be a very deserving cat. I love the bed and will be making up one or two. Our cat andour tiny Pappilion are always arguing over who gets what bed. Maybe if I had a couple moreto choose from scattered around there would be fewer spats around here. Thank you so much for the tutorial.

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    1. You're welcome! The best part is that it doesn't matter if its perfect. The animals don't care and will love it anyway.

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  5. I love, love, love this idea and tutorial! I'm so doing this the minute Christmas is over ;p

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  6. This is fantastic! Thank you, Lisa. :o)

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  7. Very neat idea. I have multiple cats and will make some for them. I would search Goodwill if I don't have any flannels here.
    Deb

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  8. I would take the buttons off the front and repurpose them. You could just sew down the front where the buttons were.
    Deb

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    1. That's a great idea, especially since it did cut the cuff buttons off.

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  9. So adorable! Thanks for sharing your wonderful ideas! Happy Christmas!

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  10. Beautiful cat and a very creative idea! Thanks for sharing at repurposed ideas weekly.

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  11. What a fabulous idea!!!! Love the pictures..... thank you for sharing!

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