I have just discovered this wonderful forum and thought I would share my most loved hobby.
I volunteer at an animal shelter here in Georgia and have made a huge collection of donut-style pet beds for the residents. I know the shelter really loves that theyre totally washable and I usually use fabrics (from old blankets, etc) that have been donated to create them. At first I used my entire fabric stash making them, before I discovered I could use donated things too! I've found the cheap fleece from Walmart to be quite appropriate and very durable too and the addition of catnip is well received.
I've managed to make enough for every cat cage (30 cages) over the last couple of months. Some of the smaller dogs love them too! I've also made flat cushion style beds for the larger dogs out of comforters.
It really has helped the pets to feel happier and more comfortable, so I feel wonderful that theyre so appreciated and whenever I visit them, they get a clean fresh bed and the old one goes in the wash! Whats best is that I now only spend 30 minutes making one. Practice makes perfect!
I'd be happy to make a tutorial or pattern for those interested in making some for their local homeless animals. It really does make the world of difference. More homeless pets need something soft to rest their head on!
[Edit]: I'm so happy (and a little blown away) to see so much interest in my beds! I will get to work on a tutorial this weekend. Hopefully we can spread the snuggly, fleecey, nip-filled love a little further!