What do you do with old t-shirts? If you’re anything like me, you might repair them once or twice, then you cut them up for rags. Well how about turning those old, ratty t-shirts into pet beds. Here’s how:
- 1 T-Shirt
- Stuffing / Filling of some sort (batting, fleece scraps, etc.)
- Needle & Thread
Cut the sleeves off your T-shirt at the seams. Then cut your T-shirt across the shoulders, directly underneath the neckline. If need be, patch any holes in your t-shirt, use the sleeve fabric if so desired. I generally keep the sleeves for rags and use fabric scraps from my stash. Once you have your shirt adequately patched. Its time to start sewing.
Turn your shirt inside out and sew the bottom hem together, then sew the arm holes together. You should have a t-shirt pillow case at this point. Turn the shirt right side out. It’s time to begin stuffing. Stuff with your desired materials and to your desired thickness. I wouldn’t overstuff your bed. Most pets like to nest a bit and in order to do that there needs to be room for the stuffing to shift in your bed.
Once you have your bed stuffed, you’re ready to seal it up and give it to best friend. Fold over the remaining edge, so that the raw edges are on the inside. Pin and then stitch your bed closed. Place in a spot for your pet and let them enjoy.
You can see that my t-shirt has a few bleach spots and even a grease stain. The pet beds stay in our bedroom and so aren’t seen by guests, etc., so I don’t mind the stains, but if you did you could cover them with more patches.