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DIY Cat Bed: Complete

DIY Cat Bed with Storage

June 8, 2015 Sarah Coggins

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Our tortoiseshell, Cali, will be celebrating her 15th birthday in 2 weeks! Still hard for me to wrap my head around that. She was my first baby and we all try to still give her special attention and love.

DIY Cat Bed with Storage

We show Cali extra love in several ways including by feeding her high quality food that’s formulated for her age and provides a well-balanced diet. It’s easy to pick up a bag of IAMS food along with treats, litter, toys, etc for her during one of our regular weekly trips to Target for items for the entire family. One stop pet shopping made easy – a huge plus when I have to squeeze errands in between naps, school schedules, etc.

IAMS: Target

Dylan loves helping us care for Cali including petting her, giving her treats, making sure she has toys scattered around the house to play with, and refilling her bowl of cat food.

Feeding IAMS Dry Cat Food from Target

Iams Dry Cat Food Eating

He also likes helping me while at Target to pick out items for her and to save money using the Cartwheel app. I try to remember to preload offers, but sometimes forget. A quick use of the in app scan option and we’re able to save the offer immediately.

IAMS: Target Cartwheel Scan
Using Cartwheel to save is so easy even a 5 year old can do it!

Target currently has 3 Cartwheel offers for IAMS pet food products:

10% off IAMS dog food (includes both wet & dry) (Expires 7/25/15)
10% off IAMS cat dry food (Expires 7/11/15)
5% off IAMS wet cat food (Expires 7/11/15)

Another way we spoil Cali is by providing her with her own special bed. While she is welcome, and will often join us in our bed, it’s a rare thing during the summer months. Far too hot for us all so I wanted to give her a special spot in our room to nap (and sunbathe) comfortably.

DIY Cat Bed: Naptime

This bed/storage combo is so easy to make and very inexpensive. Start with a simple plastic storage container which can easily be found while at Target. I prefer opaque so you can stash anything inside and it still looks neat & tidy from the exterior.


  • Plastic storage container
  • Fabric
  • 1/2″ thick quilt batting
  • Coordinating thread
  • Basic sewing notions – scissors, ruler, fabric pen or pencil, straight pins
  • Iron

Measure the inner lid area. Write down the length and width. Add 1/2″ to the length and 1″ to the width and cut 2 rectangles this size from your fabric (i.e., the lid area on my box is 18″ x 12″ so my rectangles were 18-1/2″ x 13″).

DIY Cat Bed: Fabric Pattern

Mark a 1/4″ seam allowance on the wrong side of the fabric along the 2 short ends and one long end. Add marks at 3/4″ on the remaining long side. You only need to mark one piece of the fabric.

DIY Cat Bed: Pencil Seam Allowance

Place fabric right sides together. Pin in place and sew around 3 sides following the 1/4″ seam allowance marks made in the previous step.

Turn fabric right side out. Fold the open end along the 3/4″ marks. Press.

DIY Cat Bed: Turn Right Side Out

Cut a section of the quilt batting to the length and 3x the width. Fold the batting into thirds. This simply creates a thicker, softer padding for the cushion.

DIY Cat Bed: Batting

Insert padding into the fabric.

DIY Cat Bed: Insert Batting into Cushion Fabric

Pin the opening closed.

DIY Cat Bed: Pin Opening Closed

Sew along this edge to complete the cushion. Place the finished cushion on the top of the plastic bin so your cat can enjoy their new napping spot.

DIY Cat Bed: Complete

And don’t forget use the inside of the box as storage for extra pet supplies picked up while shopping at Target. No matter the size of your home, it seems we all are constantly looking for additional storage options.

DIY Cat Bed: Storage

Food, toys, cat nip, treats, grooming brush, etc all fit easily inside and are safely away from nosey curious cats. A plus especially for food and treats as I learned the hard way when Cali and her brother, Chester, literally chewed into a bad of dry food years ago! Oops.

How do you spoil your cat? Do you have a special bed or food for them?


  • Julie S. June 8, 2015 at 9:10 am
    This is a fantastic idea! While we don't have cats anymore, I could have used this when we did!
    • Sarah Coggins June 8, 2015 at 12:24 pm
      Thanks, Julie! It's simple, but functional and has worked well for us. Plus, if we ever tire of it, we can reclaim the storage box as a regular storage box.
  • Alyson M June 11, 2015 at 11:13 am
    This is so cute!
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