DIY knitted cat house

Not long ago, thick knitted yarn appeared on sale, from which rugs and baskets are crocheted. The choice is huge, both from Russian and foreign manufacturers. The color palette and composition are also pleasing: you can even find printed yarn, not only made of pure cotton, but also with the addition of acrylic. It seemed to me that such threads would be quite suitable for a cat bed. I like the very first one the least, it was more likely to test the capabilities of the yarn. It turned out to be a large bed, very comfortable for cat moms. I even had to make a mattress. The basket fits quite well into a child's box and is quite in demand, although the walls hold their shape rather poorly.

So I decided to knit a couple more. It’s not that we don’t have enough of this goodness, but, as it turns out, knitted beds are very convenient for the cold season. In sunny weather, cats love to soak up the sun, and our window sills are quite cold, and this decision turned out to be successful; all cats will definitely be comfortable on a frosty and windy day. I knitted again according to the basket principle. You can find enough master classes and descriptions on the Internet that even a beginner knitter can do it. The following yarn was purchased, three bobbins of each color - that’s how much was spent on each bed. Everything was crocheted with number 9 crochet.

The baskets have different shapes - I’m just not very interested in repeating the same thing all the time, so the bottom of the green one is knitted in a square; this does not affect the knitting of the sides. At the same time, first I made two rather tall baskets. The cats liked them, but I didn't like them. Firstly, they didn’t keep their shape well, and secondly, they didn’t look very neat.

In general, I twirled them a little in my hands and decided to slightly transform them:

When a pet appears in the house, and even one as cute as a cat, it becomes more comfortable and warm, cozy. Why does a furry pet need its own personal hole, since it has all the space in the apartment at its disposal? Fluffy feels comfortable on your pillow or in your bed, on an armchair or even in your closet. But this cannot replace a personal home for a pet.

And besides, a beautiful, homemade cat house knitted, crocheted or made from any other materials will be an effective addition to the interior, giving it special charm and harmony.

Maybe buy a cat house? Online stores and specialized boutiques offer a wide range of cozy, comfortable homes for pets. But making a cat house with your own hands has its advantages.

Firstly, it is economical. To knit an aesthetic product, you will need yarn, knitting needles or a hook, a pattern and a little imagination. Secondly, it will fully match the size of your pet and will fit beautifully into the interior of the room.

Crochet pattern

A cat house is crocheted quite quickly and easily if you are at least a little familiar with this technique. Let's start from the bottom. To perform it, we use hook No. 8. Cast on 3 air loops (hereinafter ch), close the chain into a ring using 1 connecting post (hereinafter ss). The rows will begin with one ch rise and end with a ss.

  • 8 single crochets (hereinafter sc), close in a circle;
  • increase x8 (16);
  • (sc, inc) x8 (24);
  • (2sc, inc) x8 (32);
  • 32 single crochets;
  • (2 sc, inc) x8 (42);
  • 42 single crochets;
  • (2 sc, inc) follow the sequence until the end of the tier (56);
  • 56 single crochets;
  • (2sc, inc) we follow the sequence until the end of the tier;
  • single crochet in each loop of the previous tier;
  • (4 sc, inc) repeats until the end of the tier;
  • 13-16. single crochet in each loop of the previous tier;
  • (5 sc, inc) and so on until the end of the row;
  • single crochet in each loop of the previous tier.

Now you need to make a kind of entrance to the home. To do this, you need to knit half a row of sc in each loop, cut the thread, leave the end (this is the 19th row). Then we perform one sc in each loop, when only 5 remain, we tie in the tail remaining from the previous row and break the thread.

Next, 10 single crochets - skip, we start knitting from the place where the previous row began, we knit the remaining ends of the threads into the main fabric to give the product an aesthetic appearance (20 row). We repeat the 20th row five more times (21-25 rows). The entrance to the house is knitted in 7 circles.

When doing the work, you need to make sure that the lines are perfectly even and neat; you should start and finish knitting in the same column. Next, we carry out the work according to the scheme:

  • 26th row we knit sc in each loop (hereinafter kp.) of the previous row, we close the row after knitting 8 loops above the entrance;
  • 27-30. sc in k, repeat until the circle is completed;
  • (4 sc, dec) repeat until the end of the tier;
  • 32-33. sc in k, repeat until the end of the row;
  • (3 sc, dec) repeat until the end of the tier;
  • sc in kp, repeat until the end of the tier;
  • 36-37. (3 sc, dec) repeat until the end of the tier;
  • 38-39. (2 sc, dec) repeat until the circle is completed;
  • 40-41. (sc, dec) and so on until the end of the tier.

The ring should close. If this does not happen, we continue to knit tiers with decreases. We carefully hide the remaining ends of the thread in the fabric so that they do not stick out and spoil the appearance of the product.

If you have experience and skills in this technique, you can additionally knit cat ears or perform any other decorative elements. Here, in fact, the personal space for the pet is ready. You can lay something soft inside and put the house into operation.

You need to crochet a cat house strictly according to the pattern. Any mistake, even one missed loop or stitch, can have a bad effect on the aesthetic characteristics of the product. Such housing for a pet is not only beautiful, but also cozy. There the fluffy will feel protected and comfortable.

A homemade cat house will harmoniously complement the interior if you choose the right yarn color and also use a creative approach to its design.

Cats love hiding places, but finding them in an apartment is difficult. Cat houses help create comfortable conditions for your pet. They are sold in pet stores and pet supply departments. But if none of the ready-made options suits you, you can make a knitted cat house with your own hands. The pet will feel comfortable in it, and the owner will be able to enjoy communication with a happy and calm animal.

How to sew a round fabric cat bed

What do you need

  • Soft fabric (fleece, terry, faux fur or other);
  • measuring tape or ruler;
  • paper - optional;
  • scissors;
  • clips or pins;
  • threads;
  • sewing machine (you can sew by hand, but using a machine will be faster and easier);
  • filler (synthetic fluff, holofiber, cotton wool or something else);
  • rope.

How to make a bed

Cut two circles from the fabric with a diameter of 40–50 cm or larger, depending on the size of the animal.

Place the pieces on top of each other with the right sides facing inward and secure with clamps or pins.

Sew the pieces around the edges, leaving a small hole for stuffing.

Turn the workpiece through this hole. In the center, sew a circle of smaller diameter than the workpiece itself. To avoid mistakes, you can make a round pattern and attach it with pins in the right place. Leave a small hole in the fabric opposite the previous one.

Fill the center circle with filler through the two holes left. Then sew up the opening of this circle.

Place a seam along the edge of the workpiece at a distance of approximately 2.5 cm from it. Leave a hole opposite the first one.

Then stuff part of the workpiece around the middle. Sew the hole so that the filling does not come out.

Insert a rope into the remaining hole and stretch it along the entire edge of the product. Tighten the rope and tie the ends with a strong knot.

Which yarn to choose: pros and cons of each type

For a cat to like its new home, it must be comfortable for the pet. Much depends on the material. You need to choose yarn based on the needs of the animal, not the owner.


Wool is a good option for a winter home. It retains heat well and does not allow moisture to pass through. The woolen house will not lose its shape after several washes, and cat claws will not ruin it immediately.

Among the disadvantages: pellets may form on the product, and if the yarn is of low quality, then the cat’s home will turn out to be prickly. The first problem can be solved by careful care and dry cleaning, the second by choosing high-quality material. There are allergies to wool - not only in people, but also in cats; this fact cannot always be identified in advance.


Acrylic is cheaper than wool, and there are practically no allergies to it in either people or cats. It is durable, the resulting products are easy to care for, and a variety of colors will help make the cat’s house a stylish piece of art.

But there are disadvantages - acrylic does not allow air and moisture to pass through well. If the acrylic house is not washed often enough, the cat's hair may begin to fall out. To solve this problem, you need to use additional bedding inside the product. Another trouble is static. It is unlikely that a cat will want to climb into a house where discharges crackle from every movement. The animal may find the smell of antistatic agent too strong.


Viscose allows moisture to pass through well, does not electrify, is available in a variety of colors, and retains heat. She is very soft. But this type of yarn is not without its drawbacks - viscose is demanding to care for, and if washed incorrectly, it quickly loses its appearance and shape.

To combine the advantages and compensate for the disadvantages of each type, combined threads are used - wool/viscose or acrylic/viscose.

How to sew a cat bed from fabric in the shape of a slipper

What do you need

  • Soft fabric (fleece, terry, faux fur or other);
  • chalk or felt-tip pen;
  • ruler;
  • scissors;
  • padding polyester;
  • pins;
  • threads;
  • sewing machine (you can sew by hand, but using a machine will be faster and easier).

How to make a bed

Fold the fabric in half with the right sides facing in. Draw two details that are shown in the photo. The sole of the slipper should measure 55 × 40 cm, and the top – 60 × 40 cm.

Cut the fabric along the marked lines. Since it's folded in half, you'll end up with four pieces.

Bend a sheet of padding polyester into three layers. Place the top pieces folded together on it, secure with pins and cut the padding polyester to size.

For the sole, take four layers of padding polyester. Also attach the lower parts folded together to it and cut along the contour.

Without removing the pins, sew each piece along the outline. At the same time, leave one small hole on the side of the curves.

Insert your hand into the hole left and, pulling out the opposite end of the part, turn it out so that the padding polyester is inside. Turn out the second piece in the same way.

Sew the holes with a hidden seam, hiding the padding polyester inside. In the center of the sole, draw a figure that follows the contours of the sole, but is smaller. Sew along the lines, thereby fixing the padding polyester inside.

Divide the top of the slipper into four equal parts with three longitudinal lines and sew along them.

Place the top piece on the bottom piece so that the product resembles a slipper. Sew the details.

Which knitting method is suitable

The most convenient way to crochet a house is to get the desired shape easier. But if the housewife likes to knit, this is also doable.

Short Crochet

The main technique that is suitable for a cat house is short crochet. The loops and posts are successively strung on top of each other, gradually creating the product. It takes patience and perseverance, but the results are worth it.

Tunisian knitting

Tunisian knitting is suitable if you need to make a large house for a Maine Coon or a cat that likes to stretch out its paws in its sleep. A long hook is used, on which loops are cast on, like on a knitting needle.

Circular knitting

Circular knitting is suitable for quickly making beds with low sides. The fabric is supported by four knitting needles, the fifth is used as a working knitting needle. The method is not suitable for complex structures.

How to make a cat bed from a sweater with your own hands

What do you need

  • Sweater;
  • threads;
  • needle;
  • scissors;
  • filler (synthetic fluff, holofiber, cotton wool or something else).

How to make a bed

Sew up the neck of the sweater completely.

Sew the sweater approximately along the dotted line shown in the photo. The seam should be semicircular and go from one armpit to the other.

Stuff both sleeves and the top sewn part of the sweater with stuffing.

Stuff the entire bottom of the product. For this place, you can use a single piece of foam rubber or several layers of padding polyester. Sew up the bottom.

Insert one edge of the sleeve into the other and sew to each other.

Sew the sleeves to the middle of the bottom edge of the workpiece.

If desired, you can connect this entire edge to the sleeves.

Instructions for crocheting a cave house

In order to make a cat house, you will need:

  • two hooks (No. 8 and 10);
  • tapestry needle;
  • stitch markers (you can work without them, but it’s inconvenient).

Dimensions of the finished product: diameter of the bottom and roof - 38 cm, height of the walls - 18 cm. It will require 400g of acrylic/viscose. The main method of knitting is double crochet and single crochet.

How to make a cat bed out of cardboard with your own hands

What do you need

  • Cardboard box;
  • measuring tape or ruler;
  • soft fabric (fleece, terry, faux fur or other);
  • scissors;
  • glue gun;
  • anti-slip fabric;
  • twine.

How to make a bed

Measure the length and width of the box. Fold the fabric two or three times or more and cut a rectangle to fit the box.

Separately, cut out a rectangle from the fabric with the following sides: twice the length of the box + 5 cm and the width of the box + 5 cm. Place the piece of fabric from the previous step in the center.

Cover the central piece with the edges of the other and glue them to it. Glue the open edges of the workpiece. This will be the bedding for the bed.

Measure the height of the box. From the fabric, cut out a piece with the following sides: box length + box height + 10 cm and box width + box height + 10 cm. Place the cut fabric in the box.

Glue the overhanging edges of the fabric to the sides of the box on the outside.

Glue several pieces of anti-slip fabric to the bottom of the box to stabilize the bed. Cover the bottom of the box with twine.

Place the prepared bedding in the box. The author of the master class also wrote the pet’s name on the bed, making letters from glued pieces of fabric.

Types of knitted houses with photos

There are many types of pet housing. The main distinguishing parameter is the shape of the house. The photo shows the most common options:

  • Round knitted house (nest);

  • House-bed;

  • Pipe house;

  • Soft Cave House;

  • Bed with low sides.

Video: Instructions for crocheting a basket for a cat

A cat house is a useful thing that makes it possible to make your pet’s living environment as comfortable as possible. If you have time, materials and imagination, then it will be easy to incorporate cat’s joys into the interior of the room.

How to make a regular cat bed with your own hands

Sewing a cat bed is quite simple; the most important thing is to choose a model according to the habits of your beloved pet.

What you need to prepare for work

Before sewing a cat bed with your own hands, you need to prepare suitable material:

  • corduroy and jeans;
  • cotton and calico;
  • knitwear and knitted fabrics;
  • plush and similar soft materials.

Any synthetic compounds can be used as padding.

Advice! It is better not to use natural filler, such as feather or down, as it may contain parasites.

The sleeping place can be decorated with interesting decor, for example, pillows PHOTO:

Simple patterns for making your own cat bed

In order for the fluffy to use the sleeping place with pleasure, it must be suitable for him in size. It is best to pre-measure your pet and add 5-10 cm to the measurements. We have selected several universal cat bed patterns that are quite easy to make with your own hands.

Rectangular sleeping place PHOTO:

Simple house template PHOTO:

How to make a cat bed with your own hands: step-by-step manufacturing instructions

A soft mattress is a universal bed that any pet is sure to love. The presence of high or low sides will create a feeling of personal space and keep the kitten warm in the cool season.

How to make an ottoman for a cat with high sides with your own hands

Even an inexperienced craftswoman can make an ottoman bed for a cat with her own hands, and our pattern and step-by-step master class will help in the work.

The whole process can be seen in more detail in the video:

How to sew a cat bed with low sides with your own hands

Not all pets like high sides; in this case, it is better to make a bed with low sides.

Step-by-step master class on sewing a bed with low sides with your own hands PHOTO:

How to make a cat bed from a suitcase with your own hands

What do you need

  • 4 furniture legs with screws;
  • spray paint;
  • suitcase;
  • felt-tip pen;
  • ruler;
  • drill;
  • 4 washers;
  • 4 nuts;
  • pillow.

How to make a bed

Spray paint the legs and let them dry completely.

Divide the suitcase into two parts. You only need one, deep one.

On the back of the suitcase, use a felt-tip pen to mark four points for the legs at the same distance from the edges of the object.

Drill holes at these points.

Screw furniture legs into the holes.

Secure the legs on the reverse side using washers and nuts.

Place a suitable size pillow in your suitcase.

How to make a hammock bed for a cat from a basket

What do you need

  • Thick rope;
  • scissors;
  • ruler or measuring tape;
  • Wicker basket;
  • curved metal rod for the bathroom;
  • rod fastener;
  • 2 S‑shaped metal hooks;
  • soft fabric.

How to make a bed

Cut four identical lengths of 90 cm from the rope.

Tie one rope on one side of the basket with a strong knot.

Tie another rope to the side from the same edge.

Tie the ends of these two ropes together.

Repeat the same on the other side of the basket.

Attach the rod to the walls in the corner of the room. Hang two knotted ropes on a hook. Hang the hook on the barbell.

Insert the hook into the other two tied ropes and hang it on the barbell as well. Place a soft cloth in the basket.

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