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Cat Bed

Create a cozy, warm bed for your feline in five easy steps.




Two cushions are nestled inside a basket, one on top of the other; an electric pet-bed warmer (see Resources, below) sits between them. Any shallow basket will work. This one measures 14 inches wide, 19 inches long, and 6 inches deep. You can make the quilted fabric (see below) or buy it. I used a soft chambray bedsheet for my quilted pieces.

Resources: Fabric for pillows: chambray flannel twin sheet in Bluegrass Chambray (#7674), Garnet Hill; Small pet-bed warmer (KH-002-004), K&H Manufacturing, from Cozy Winters. Temporary spray adhesive by Sulky,  Joann. 25 mm Bias-Tape Maker (#464-25), Clover. 88"-by-66" organic wool batting (#2102), Near Sea Naturals.


  • Basket
  • Kraft paper
  • Scissors


  1. Step 1

    Place basket base on kraft paper, and trace around it. Cut out, then trim the pattern as needed to fit inside basket (a seam allowance isn't necessary).

  2. Step 2

    Use the pattern to cut out 2 pieces of 2-inch-thick wool batting and 2 pieces of cotton fabric. For quilted pieces, follow online how-to or cut out 2 pieces of store-bought quilting.

  3. Step 3

    Sandwich a piece of wool batting between a piece of quilted fabric and a piece of cotton fabric. The top and bottom layers should face right side out. Pin through all of the layers. Stitch along the circumference, 1/4 inch from edge. (Check periodically to be sure your needle is going through all 3 layers.) Remove pins.

  4. Step 4

    Cut a piece of 1/2-inch-wide bias tape to go around the edge of the cushion, plus 1 inch. Pin to edge. Fold under last 1/2 inch, leaving 1/2 inch overlapping. Stitch. Remove pins.

  5. Step 5


    Repeat steps 3 and 4 to make second cushion. Sandwich bed warmer between cushions, and place in basket, as shown below.

  6. Step 6

    To make the quilt: Follow step 1 in the cat-bed how-to to make the pillow pattern, then cut out 4 pieces of chambray fabric for the outside layers and 2 pieces of 1-inch-thick wool batting for the filling.

  7. Step 7

    Place 1 of the pieces of fabric, wrong side up, on a flat surface in a well-ventilated area. Spray it with temporary spray adhesive made for fabric. Immediately place the fabric, sticky side down, on the batting. Working from the center out, smooth fabric to remove any ripples or creases.

  8. Step 8

    Repeat step 2 with another piece of fabric on the other side of the batting.

  9. Step 9

    With a ruler and a disappearing-ink fabric pen, mark diagonal parallel lines 3 inches apart on fabric. To prevent fabric from puckering, sew along lines in the same direction. Draw lines perpendicular to the first and 3 inches apart, and again sew in one direction.

  10. Step 10

    Repeat steps with remaining fabric and batting.

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Reviews (7)

  • gardeneva 5 Oct, 2010

    I am looking for a pattern similar to Paus 26" Silky Fleece Balls. I have 5 little ones and cannot afford $50 a pop for these beds. Would like to find a pattern similar to make my own.

  • corncobb12 23 Jun, 2010

    vaginas are good

  • MCct 30 Sep, 2009

    This is a lovely project

  • pt507 22 Apr, 2009

    The electric blanket is a really good idea. thanks!

  • chezboo 2 Apr, 2009

    I have used electric pet-bed warmers for the last five years without any problems, and our pets LOVE the extra warmth during the cooler months. The beds are plugged in 24/7 during fall through late spring, and the beds have stayed cozy and warm for our pets. The electric pet-bed warmers are used inside our pets' beds, which are kept in our bedroom, and we have never experienced any sort of "unsafe" issues the reader cites, below. Hope you find this pet-bed warmer project as useful as we do!

  • dihiwi 2 Apr, 2009

    I spent about $60 on a electric heated warmer pad made for animals that I've sandwiched between a blanket and a pet bed in our garage and it's been safe thus far. We leave it on day and night and it's low voltage. It actually heats up more when the cat sleeps on it. We've used this for two winters and the bed is located in an area of the garage that does not get wet.

  • fan4MS 28 Mar, 2009

    great idea! but I find using a warmer with an electric plug a bit unsafe(JMO)I searched for a microwaveable heating unit, 5 min in the micro, and it lasts about 8 hours with heat. I use it outside in Kitty's soft Igloo bed under her pillow when she wants to sleep out in the winter. This is a great unit for barn cats...SnuggleSafe Thermapol...