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'Curious Cats' Cat Bed Tutorial

Project by Katie Done AKA The Fabric Squirrel


In the 13 years I have been a cat Mum, I have never sewn anything for Nala. When I saw this fabric pop up looking for projects, it was the motivation I needed. That along with the old duvet I needed to find a use for, I decided to make a cat bed.


1/4" seam allowance used throughout.

You Will Need:

  • Old Duvet (or cushion or thick wadding)

  • Half Metre of three of your chosen fabrics

  • Rotary cutter and ruler

  • Sewing machine

  • Air erasable pen

  • Iron and ironing board

  • Fabric Scissors


Techniques:

  • Half square triangles

  • Bagging out

  • METHOD Cut your squares. You will need 6 blue and 6 cream 6 " squares. You will also need 6 blue and 6 cream 5.5" squares. I tend to make long rows first.

I then layer up to 3 or 4 and cut them down to squares.



2. Make up 12 half square triangles.

First you need to make a diagonal mark from one corner to the other on the reverse of one of the squares. Place a blue and a cream square, right sides together and sew 1/4" either side of the line. Cut along the line, press to the dark side and trim to make it a square 5.5". Do this 5 more times to make 12 half square triangles in total.



3. Now it is time to arrange your squares. The possibilities here are endless. I have attached a few photos of some of the options I considered.


I settled on this arrow layout.




4. Sew your rows together first and then sew all of your rows together. Give the whole thing a good press.



5. Cut out a backing piece the same size as your patchwork. Place it right sides together and pin around the edges.



6. Sew all 4 sides but leave a 4-5" gap to turn it out.



7. Turn it out and press it. Make sure you press carefully around the opening you made so you have turned over 1/4" inside



8. Cut your duvet or wadding to the same size and insert it into your cover. Sew an equal distance around all 4 sides, ensure you catch the opening.


This is a good point to call for some quality assurance.



Put your cat bed, blanket in their favourite spot and hope they like it! I would love to hear from you if you are feeling inspired and give it a go.




To see more from Katie, follow her on Instagram @thefabricsquirrel @crafts_by_katiel, Facebook @thefabricsquirrel or visit her website thefabricsquirrel.com.



Made by Katie Done for The Craft Cotton Co 2022.

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