So I was watching a terrible movie (The DaVinci Code, sorry, but I thought it stunk) and my mind started to wander ... how to make a cheap and easy cat bed?
So here's my baby Bella, in her favorite bed, aka a cheapo cardboard box:
I decided to use the minimal amount of time, energy and money to make her more comfortable. First, I cut out the base in the shape of an oval, and cut the sides off in one long strip, which I then curved and taped (duct tape - see, I said cheap and easy) to the base to hold it's shape.
I then laid out my fabric and placed the box on top, using that as sort of a pattern to cut out 2 ovals, about one inch larger than my oval (to accomodate stuffing). If I had thought about it, I would have taken a picture, but you get the idea. I also measured the sides (5 inches) so I cut a 12 inch width of fabric (twice the height of the sides so it could be folded over, plus an inch of give on each side to accomodate padding) with a length a little longer than the oval is around. I sewed one oval to my strip, hence making the top and sides. Um, I've never written a tutortial before, so I'm sorry if this doesn't make sense. Hopefully the pictures some it up.
Then I cut open an old pillow (NOT the down kind, but the weird extra-firm type that is too firm for me). I made duct tape loops (so the sticky side is facing out) all over the base, inside side, and outside side. I pulled off big pieces of the pillow and stuck it to the duct tape.
As you can see, I discovered that my cat loves duct tape. Who knew? Anyways, ...
Once the now-oval box is covered in padding, I slipped on the cover that I sewed earlier with my sewing machine. I sort of tufted the seam that holds the top cover and the sides through the cardboard so the the pillowy top stays down and doesn't float all around. I just did it sporatically in eight spots so when you look at it, you can see definites sides and a base, plus sewing through cardboard is hard. If I had thought about it more, I would have figured out a way to make it so that I didn't have to sew the sides to the bottom panel by hand, but oh well. It's the bottom so who's going to see it? And the fabric I used was an old curtain of my mothers, with a funky colonial pattern on it of advertisements of carriage makers and nautical suppliers. I think it's awesome.
So anyway, here's my baby girl in all her new-comfy glory!
I hope you all like it!