Turn an Old Sweater into a Cat Bed

That’s right, salvage an old sweater and turn it into a cat bed!  In honor of fuzzy sweater season and because I seem to have an itch for yarn projects right now, as in the DIY yarn wrapped lamp,  I’m going to re-share one of my oldest blog posts to date:  a re-purposed sweater to cat cozy, because most of you have probably never seen this post before and…well, because this project was a kind of “spur of the moment”, quirky idea that I think you might appreciate.

You see, I coulda, woulda, shoulda had a new project up for the week…. BUT I WAS BUSY PACKING FOR MY TRIP TO NASHVILLE !!!   I’ll be leaving later this week with my sister, my niece and a friend of ours.  I’ve pretty much got the packing part done, but since my cell phone crashed last week, I’ve been struggling to get all my info back in order.  I have absolutely NO idea what we are even planning to do when we get there.

So, if you’ve ever been to Nashville, I’m open to suggestions.  Do you know of a good restaurant or honky tonk?  Please, do tell.

repurposed-sweater-to-cat-bed-StowandTellUI had an old sweater a while back with one of those faux fur collars.  It had seen better days, so I laid it in a pile of other clothes to donate.  Well, my cat kept messing with it, so I decided to glue it to an office box lid and see if he would actually cozy up in it.

And sure enough, he did!

supplies needed to repurpose a sweater into a cat bed - StowandTellU

To make one of these, you will need:

– Old sweater

– Computer paper box lid

– Scissors

– Glue gun

If you don’t have a computer box lid,

click here to make your own.

Cut off the arms of the sweaterStart by cutting off the sleeves of the sweater at the shoulder seam. then cut down the seam of the sleeve pieces. Take your pieces outside and shake them to remove small yarn fragments.

100_2733Remove any other extra parts, such as zippers or collars.

 Dry fit your pieces over the inside of the box lid, and then starting with the inside of the box lid, apply hot glue and begin to adhere the main piece to the center of the inside of the lid.

Working in a circular motion outward, continue to glue the sweater into place, tucking ends under and gluing, to keep from fraying. Then wrap the sleeve pieces around the sides, as well as any fur pieces.

Make sure to adhere all pieces securely so that a cat could not pull the sweater off the box.

repurposed-sweater-to-cat-bedI can’t deny that this looked  a lot a little odd when it was complete. 

Considering it had the faux fur, I was wondering if I would confuse the cat bed for the cat once he was in it, LOL.

Kitty 2 But it all worked out fine.  It took Kitty a few days to warm up to his new bed.  He sniffed it out, and sniffed it out some more and the next thing I knew, he was cuddled up inside the faux fur sweatered box like nobody’s business.

Unfortunately (although I really mean fortunately), Kitty eventually tired of cozying up to the repurposed sweater to cat bed.  So after about 6 or 8 months, I was able to throw it out, which is where it was eventually destined to go. But I was glad that this old sweater got a 2nd chance at being used.

Thank you so much for stopping by ~ Amy

If you are on Instagram, follow along as I head down to Nashville later this week!

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8 Responses to Turn an Old Sweater into a Cat Bed

  1. Mel March 24, 2014 at 4:54 pm #

    very clever idea, 6-8 months isn’t bad either for a practically free kitty bed. I will be following along on instgram 🙂

  2. heather f March 24, 2014 at 9:40 pm #

    Oh, that is a great idea. I hate having my quilt covered in cat fur…or did. Puss ran away…or something… over Thanksgiving. 🙁

  3. Danni@SiloHillFarm March 25, 2014 at 7:47 am #

    Well that looks pretty luxurious!! Sadly Sam is allergic to cats or I would probably be one of those crazy cat ladies!

  4. Doreen@househoneys March 27, 2014 at 10:29 pm #

    Recycling at it’s best :). Now can you make me a fuzzy cozy bed too?

  5. sharleen July 4, 2015 at 10:04 pm #

    Great idea.. i just shared on The Glory Collection as we are in winter now and this would be so useful.. thanks Amy xxx

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