This was my first ever guest post and I was so excited when Allison over at Dream A Little Bigger got back to me so quickly about my idea for this cat bed and was so nice, helpful and encouraging during the whole process!
- Old Sweater to recycle (Or a blanket or a robe or any fabric your cat really loves)
- Basket (Big enough for your pet to fit comfortably)
- Spraypaint (Main color)
- Acrylic Paint (Secondary color)
Step 1: Lets disassemble this sweater! Begin by cutting off the waistband if there is one.
Next cut off both sleeves at their seams.
This is what you should be left with.
Step 2: Now place your basket on top of your sweater and cut an inch around the whole thing.
Roughly how pieces for a a similar rectangle bottomed basket would look.
Turn the rectangles inside out and pin together.
Step 3: Sew around all 4 sides of the cushion with a 1/2 in. inseam. Stop before you sew it completely shut.
Make sure you leave a two inch hole in the seam to turn the cushion inside out with. Go ahead and turn it inside out!
Step 4: Next stuff your cushion full to desired fluffiness. I had Marble come over and inspect it for kitty approval.
Step 5: Anyway, you'll want to give your whole basket (well except the bottom, who's gonna see?) a basic coat first and then let it dry. I used 6-7 thin coats.
Step 6: My basket had an obvious design built in, the pink rope. So I used a spare bottle of fabric paint to make the rope contrast again. I painted everything that had previously been pink, black.
Step 7: (Not pictured, just like its supply whoops!) Give your basket a top coat of clear spray paint just to finish it off. Let dry and air out overnight and the next day you can add the cushion, then present your kitties with their newly finished bed!
I think it came out great, beautiful and functional, my kind of DIY!
I hope you guys can find inspiration in my tutorial and enjoy making your pets cute and cozy places to sleep, for cheep! I plan on making a second one with an old robe the kitties love to make biscuits on.
Til Next Time!
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