So, I still have some of the lovely lime green polka dot fabric left over from re-covering the dining chairs and our poorly little kitty doesn’t like the new sofas so it was time to buy him a new bed. I found this lovely lime green one in a local pet shop but it needed a cushion making for it!
You will need enough fabric for 2 sides of the cushion to fit your pet bed, wadding (I used the 6oz wadding from Terrysfabrics.co.uk), enough bias binding to go around the circumference or your pet bed plus another 20cm, a sewing machine and basic sewing kit.
Draw around your pet bed on the reverse of your fabric. Add an extra 2cm all the way around to take into acount the poofyness (yes, that’s a technical cushion term!) of your wadding. Cut out your shape and place on top of the wadding. Cut a rectangle of wadding a little larger than your oval shape. Cut another rectangle of your chosen fabric a little larger than the wadding.
Make your quilt sandwich as follows: rectangle of chosen fabric – face down, wadding, oval of fabric – face up. Pin all the way round and then zig-zag all the way around using your sewing machine. Trim off the excess and get your chosen bias binding ready! I used a nice bright yellow 25mm double folded. I was considering cerise but thought little kitty Willo wasn’t really a pink sort of boy!
Unfold one side of your bias binding and pin it securely all the way around your cushion leaving a couple of longer ends for overlap. sew along the fold line leaving a 5cm gap at each end. Fold over the longer ends so that they meet neatly in the middle. cut off the excess and then sew it down.
Fold the bias binding over the cushion and clip in place (I used a pile of hair clip blanks I have lying around) and hand sew to the back of your cushion. Pop it in your kitty bed and let your little furry friend get comfy!
As you can see I forgot to take into account the wadding poofyness so added in an extra 2cm all the way around in the instructions! Willo doesn’t mind, he’s quite taken by the kitty bed!