How to Make Cat Beds

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Cats can descend upon your life in a variety of ways. Whether they are adopted from a shelter or arrive on your doorstep in a blizzard, they usually show up empty-pawed, leaving it up to you to provide for their every need. Do-it-yourself projects are a great money saver, and make for wonderful kid-friendly projects. A comfy bed for kitty can be easily fashioned in an afternoon from items you might already have.

The Art of Upcycling

The art of upcycling is taking something not that useful and turning it into something grand. A variety of items normally destined for the curb can easily be upcycled into a comfy naptime hideaway for your spoiled feline. An outdated computer monitor can be repurposed into a kitty bunk, and a vintage television cabinet whose electronics no longer pipe in your favorite prime-time show can be gutted and turned into the perfect retreat for a long afternoon nap.

The Cat in the Hat

Vintage hat boxes are another great item to repurpose into a cat bed. Cats normally curl into a sleeping position; the vintage hat box can leave your kitty feeling cozy and secure. An outdated suitcase bound for the landfill can create not one, but two sleeping compartments for a napping feline duo. Old baskets, carefully sanded with fine grit sandpaper to remove any rough edges also can house kitty during an afternoon snooze.

The Bedding in the Bed

Kitty may be satisfied to sequester in an old box or even a paper bag, or any of the items you may fashion into her personal bed, but bedding can keep her comfortable and snug in her sleeping space. Two squares or circles of fleece -- depending upon the shape of kitty's bed -- and batting available in your local craft store, can provide the bedding to finish off your DIY project. Match the fabric to your existing décor to make kitty's bed complement your decorating style.

Finishing Touches

A simple way to finish off your bedding is to cut 2-inch strips into the edge of the fabric, like a fringe, on all four sides of your square, or all around the diameter of your circle. Lay the two fabric pieces one on top of the other. Tie each piece of the fringe on the top layer to the fringe piece on the bottom layer just below it. Leave a small section open and insert the batting. Once the batting is inside, tie off the remaining pieces. If you're a master at the art of stitching, sew the edges instead. For a really creative project, mix and match the top and bottom layers for two different looks.

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