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Lufah
« on: January 21, 2008 08:47:31 AM »

So, I made this bed for my kitty:



My husband and I both spin yarn, and we've accumulated a bunch of small little skeins that were too small to use for one project.  I also have a bunch of leftover bits of commercial yarn from things that I've knitted.  So, I wove two big pieces of fabric using the commercial yarn as the warp and the handspun as the weft and used up a lot of little yarn chunklets that I had:



After the fabric was made, I started cutting and sewing.  My idea was to sew a big cylinder, leave one end able to open, flip the thing inside out, smash the top onto the bottom, and then stuff.  That way I'd get a kitty bed that had nice, firm walls on it so Ellie (my kitty) could get extra snuggly in it.

Here's some pics of the construction.  I used foam to support the walls and bottom:





I cut the foam with an electric carving knife.  It was a lot easier to do that than to use scissors!

I also made a round pillow with a pocket on it.  The pillow was stuffed with a bit of polyfil to make an extra soft next, and I put some catnip into the pocket.  The pillow then got put inside the bed on top of the foam circle.  Here's the pillow before I stuffed it:



Finally, I sewed on these two wool appliques on the outside, because I thought it was cute Smiley





Ellie loves it and sleeps in it all the time now!  This type of bed was really easy to make, and you could do it with any type of shape (make a big cube and then smash it down on itself to create rectangular walls).  Here's a pic of the bottom - I didn't even put any velcro or buttons on it to keep it closed, since it didn't seem like that would be an issue:



It's nice to be able to tear everything apart in case I ever need to wash the bed or replace the stuffing or foam.  Thanks for looking!

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« Reply #1 on: January 21, 2008 08:54:54 AM »

Superb!  What another great idea to use up your handspun!
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« Reply #2 on: January 21, 2008 08:57:04 AM »

Wow! What a great gift to your kitty. It looks awesome.
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« Reply #3 on: January 21, 2008 09:05:14 AM »

Wow! It is a lovely bed for a lovely kitty.
If I made a bed for my cat, she wouldn't sleep on it.  She's a bit strange.
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« Reply #4 on: January 21, 2008 09:39:30 AM »

i love this! I love the colours, the appliques are just adorable, and it looks like it's the perfect size. Also that is one gorgeous kitty--beautiful eyes, and she looks so sleek and smooth--I wish I could pet her!
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« Reply #5 on: January 21, 2008 10:39:03 AM »

That is by far the coolest cat bed I have ever seen! Very nice way to use some scrappy leftovers. If I were to do this I would def. need to close up the bottom somehow, otherwise I am sure my cats would only be interested in sleeping on the inside of it hehe. You should appliqu some yellow feathers only on the other side haha (morbid, but amusing!).
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« Reply #6 on: February 15, 2008 07:47:47 AM »

This is so pretty, I love how all the colors look together! Ellie looks very happy with it. Smiley
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« Reply #7 on: February 15, 2008 04:17:31 PM »

Gorgeous! and the perfect accessory for the lovely black kitteh. 
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« Reply #8 on: March 01, 2008 10:43:03 PM »

Wow, what a lucky kitty! That's the nicest cat bed I've ever seen Smiley
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oh my god I love it!!
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