Cat Pillow Craft

The Jessica Gondran Troop 1477 Girl Scouts of Central Texas originally brought this idea to our attention. The cat beds were made by the troop and donated to the animal shelter. Check with your shelter to see if this is something they would welcome or at least make one for your own pet. You will make them purr-fectly happy.


It has recently been speculated that signs of the earliest domesticated cats have been found in China. The remains date back to about 6,000 years ago. Source: arsTechnica – Earliest evidence of cat domestication found in China

  • Fleece material or throws
  • 10 oz Batting
  • Thread
  • Sewing Machine
  • Scissors
  • Long (quilters) Pins
  • Measuring Tape

Other Helpful Equipment (Optional)

  • Scissors Sharpener
  • Compressed Air (to clean fleece out of sewing machine)
  • Felt Tip Marker

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  1. Print and follow illustrations. Cut fleece fabric from 60″ wide bolt into 23″x 20″ panels as shown in figure 1a. If using 50″x 60″ fleece throws, cut 25″x 20″ fleece panels, as shown in figure 1b. (Three inches of the fleece along each edge will be used for the fringes.) Cut the batting into 16″x 14″ pieces (19″x 14″ if using 25″x 20″ fleece panels). It helps to draw a grid on the batting before cutting.
  2. Center a piece of batting on a fleece panel, as shown in figure 2, top with a second fleece panel, smooth the fleece to match up the edges, the pin all three layers together in 5 different places (use one pin in the center and one pin at each of the four corners of the batting, as shown in figure 3.)
  3. Sew the bedding together with a larger “X”, sewing from one corner of the batting diagonally to the opposite corner, as shown in figure 4. Remember to remove the pins – do not sew over them. 
  4.  Cut out squares (about 3″x 3″) from each corner where the batting is not present, as shown in figure 5, then fringe 1″ wide strips along all four edges, using your finger or thumb as a guide, as shown in the photos. Cut each fringe almost to the edge of the batting. Tie the front fleece panel to the back fleece panel at each fringe pair using square knots. Do this for each pair of fringes along all 4 sides of the pet bed.


3 thoughts on “Cat Pillow Craft”

  1. Kylen says:

    I love cats! I have one to

  2. Kylen says:

    My cats loved it

  3. Judy Goldthorp says:

    A group of sewers and quilters in Northeast Tarrant County (Texas) have been making “Cat Pillows” for the local animal shelter for a number of years. Our craft group gets a lot of donations, and some of the fabric is just not suitable for any quilts or other sewing projects. That fabric goes into a special “Cat Pillows” bin. When I need to make more, I cut the fabric up into 14 to 16 inch squares, sew 2 together, leaving an opening, an then turn right side out. For stuffing we use fabric scraps, like trimmings from half square triangles, pieces of batting that are too small to sew together, pieces of fabric that are too small to do anything else with. We keep those empty pillows by our sewing table and when the pillow is full, we sew it shut and take it to our Cat Pillow Lady, who takes it to the animal shelter. It’s a great way to recycle scraps.

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