The Purr-fect Homemade Cat Bed

Are you wondering what to do with old sweaters? Keep your animal friends comfortable by making this homemade cat bed out of a sweater and cotton scraps.

  • With basic sewing skills, you can transform an old sweater and some fabric scraps into a homemade cat bed.
    Photo by Brad Anderson
  • Create an affordable, cozy cat bed with an old sweater, basic sewing skills and a little time.
    Photo by Brad Anderson

I saw a photo on Facebook that suggested turning an old sweater into a homemade cat bed, and I immediately thought of the purple 1980s sweater I had bought at a thrift store for the lovely, big purple buttons on it. I decided to convert the sweater into a cat bed and my cat, Izzy, adores it.

The bed only took about two hours to make, including the time to cut up fabric scraps for stuffing. You’ll only need a minimum amount of sewing experience to complete this simple project.


• Fabric scraps (for stuffing)
• 1 unwanted sweater
• 2 old towels
• Wool thread
• Needles
• Scissors


1. Cut your fabric scraps into small pieces.

Kathy Runk
2/12/2020 1:28:36 PM

Believe it or not, my kitties favorite bed is a rectangular plastic laundry basket partially filled with old towels! I stack folded towels up to the rim on one short side and about 1/4 to 1/3 on the other. I drape one large towel over all so this is the only surface they lie on. When the top towel is dirty, just throw it in the wash! They love being partially hidden but still able to see through the holes in the long sides. You can also throw other washable cuddly items like fake sheepskin, small pillows, or old stuffed animals (with any plastic eyes or other dangerous items removed). I have bought several cat beds but my cats prefer their towel beds! I think the sweater idea is interesting but I am concerned about claws being caught in the sweater material. One of my cats was injured while boarded because she caught her claw in the soft material of the bed, couldn’t get it out, panicked and pulled the claw out!

2/12/2020 8:55:22 AM

I use old sweatshirts for my cat (and small dog) beds, since I rarely have sweaters. (Thrift stores are a great place to find either!) I haven't tried the design in the article, but I like the way it sounds, so I think I will give it a whirl!



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