When we brought Smilla the cat home I realised that we didn’t have a bed for her. We got the climbing pole, the cage, the food, the toilett, the sand, a combe, the grass and a bowl to grow it in, toys, the cat and even cat candy… But no basket! It was just to expensive to buy, over 400 SEK at the pet shop. I put together a little bed for her out of a paper box. I put the paper box under our bed so that she could find a quiet and piecefull place to rest when everything was new and lots of people came around for my birthday. She liked to sleep there, in the beginning.
Now she feels safe and sleeps anywhere, in my lap right now. But still, a cat basket… After visiting my friend Christina I saw how her mother had crafted a really nice cat basket for theire cats. I decided to do the same!
Tutorial on how to sew a cat basket
I used a thrifted curtain in thick rosey fabric and exclusivly for this purpose bougth foam rubber, one package costed 100 SEK and I used almost all of that. So total cost about 100 SEK really, the curtain was just laying around doing no good.
Then cut out the foam rubber. I cut three of these to make a thick bottom.
4. Now it is time to make the wall of the basket, and it should cover the rounding of the floor and be high enought for the cat to easily get into and out of the basket and short enought so that it is warm and cozy in there.
I mesured the rounding of the floor and then cut what was left of the foam rubber. I sewed together two pieces of fabric and put the foam rubber piece inside of them so and then sewed all of it on place like you see in the picture:
6. I hand sew with pink thread all the way around to fasten it and make the bed surface as smoth as possible. Took a bit of time, but was well worth it.
It’s starting to look like a sofa, right?
7. Time to add the cealing. And then the funny thing happened. As soon as I just placed the curtain edge that I was using as a roof on the cat basket Smilla jumped down from her rest, came to me on the floor – and went straight into her basket. Guess if it made me smile? I was so moved and pleased that she liked it!
So then just cut and hand sew the roof to it’s place and let your cat enjoy a warm, cozy and cute place to sleep in!