This DIY cat pillow wasn’t a planned project until I came across these plush Halloween cat bath mats on the clearance rack. There were two in my cart before I knew it, and these kitty rugs were destined to be a cozy Halloween cat pillow.
This oversized cat pillow makes a great throw pillow on the couch or to use as a floor cushion. Plus it’s machine washable! It also made the perfect DIY Halloween decoration project.
DIY Cat Pillow
You can make a cat pillow too! There are so many animal-shaped rugs and bath mats on sale online or in stores. Find yourself a cat-shaped bath mat and create your very own cat pillow.
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- 2 bath mats (I found these Halloween Cat Bath Rugs on sale at Kohl’s)
- cotton fabric (you’ll need enough to cut two pieces the same size and shape of the bath mats)
- Poly-fil polyester filling
- basic sewing supplies (I highly recommend using Wonder Clips for this project)
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Here’s how I made my Halloween cat pillow.
The first step is to create a pillow insert that is same shape as the rug. Creating an insert will keep the stuffing from poking out of the pillow.
Layer two pieces of cotton fabric and place a rug on to. Trace a line around the perimeter of the rug shape 1/2″ larger than the rug. Cut out the shapes and pin around the edge. Sew around the perimeter with a 1/2″ seam allowance, making sure to leave a large enough opening for stuffing.
Flip the cat pillow insert right-sides out and fill with poly-fil stuffing.
Hand sew the opening closed with a ladder stitch (slip-stitch). Set aside.
Align the two rugs on top of each other with the wrong sides together. Clip or pin around the edge of the rugs leaving a large enough space to add the pillow insert later.
Sew around the edge of the rugs either by hand or on your sewing machine. Don’t forget to leave an opening! I sewed my rugs together with about a 1/4″ seam allowance on my sewing machine. This was right down the center of the rug binding and left a nice clean edge around the pillow. Make sure to go slow.
Carefully stuff the cat pillow insert between the rugs. Clip or pin the opening and sew closed.
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I’m loving my new cat pillow! Since the bath mats are soft and plush, this cat pillow is purr-fect for cuddling up to watch a creepy Halloween movie. :)
Did you make a cat pillow from rugs like mine? Post it on Instagram and tag @scratchandstitch. Can’t wait to see yours!!