Transform a basket into a plush cat bed that every feline will love

Those who have a soft spot in their heart for their feline companions understand that cats crave spaces in the home that are plush and comfortable. Being creatures of habit, cats will often claim a long-term sleeping space for themselves that provides equal part privacy and enjoyment. Cat owners understand that these finicky, yet fantastic creatures require furnishings that take an above and beyond approach to happiness. When it comes to creating the ideal cat bed, a wicker basket and some extra fluffy toppings are all it takes to craft a space worthy of a cat’s affections.
A round wicker basket works best when tackling a DIY cat bed and one with handles makes it easy to transport around the home when necessary. Poly-Fil stuffing topped with a faux fur topper creates a delightful cat lounger that also looks stylish in any room. Adding a yarn tassel toy to the handle keeps this basket cat bed personalized and provides hours of entertainment for those moments when your cat chooses to refrain from snoozing. Feel free to place this cat bed in the living room for felines that are more social or tucked away in a favorite closet for cats that prefer a place to sleep that’s far from the crowds.
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Materials
- Round wicker basket with handles, 18-inches in diameter
- Poly-Fil
- Sewing needle
- Yellow thread
- Scissors
- Round faux fur mat, 18-inches in diameter
- Double tassel yarn cat toy with bells attached
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Instructions
 
1. Place a round wicker basket with handles on a flat working surface.
2. Fill the interior of the basket with Poly-Fil until the stuffing reaches the top edge of the basket.
3. Thread a sewing needle with yellow thread and cut to approximately 4-feet in length. Double the thread over and knot at the end to secure.
4. Run the needle through the basket and loop the thread around the top support bar near the handle. Knot the thread to attach to the basket and cut away excess thread as needed.
5. Place a round, faux fur mat on top of the Poly-Fil inside the basket.
6. Sew the edge of the round mat to the basket using the needle to loop the yellow yarn through the mat and around the top basket support bar. Keep an inch of space between stiches.
7. Continue sewing around the entire perimeter of the basket. Knot the thread and cut away excess as needed when complete.
8. Tie and knot a double tassel toy with bells to one of the basket handles for added feline fun. Cut away excess thread as needed.
9. Place the basket cat bed on the floor in the living room or bedroom and watch felines fall in love with this plush new piece of DIY furniture.
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