Sunday, June 19, 2011

Fleece Basket Woven Pet Bed

I made this bed for my sister's cat a few months ago.... It's a nice dense bed that is made of rope and excess fleece strips.

Here's what you need:
- Rope,... I used a 3/8" size rope bundle (not sure what the length was).
- lots of fleece strips.
- a crochet hook helps to push the fleece strip thru holes.

Here's what to do:

1.  Start off by wrapping the rope with one end of fleece starting about 4 inches from the end of the rope, wrapping towards the end of the rope.  When you reach the end, fold the end piece over towards the already wrapped area and wrap both ropes together a couple of times around.

2.  Roll the wrapped rope around and wrap again by inserting the fleece strip into the circle formed by the fold and wrapping in around the rope. Wrap around the rope once, and then thru a hole in the previous row (first few times it will be the circle formed by the fold)  and around the rope once.  Continue in this manner going around forming a disc.  You may need to wrap thru the same hole twice.

3.  When you reach the size of the bottom of the bed that you desire, you'll continue to wrap the next rows as usual, but you will wrap the rope in the position just above the previous row (basically, building upwards instead out outwards).  Continue wrapping til you reach your desired height (or you run out or rope).

4.  To end, continue wrapping the fleece around the top row til you reach the end of the fleece strip, then just thread the fleece around til you've hidden all the of the fleece.

Changing fleece strips - To change fleece strips, just wrap the end of the 1st fleece strip along with the rope with the new fleece strip.

Unfortunately, my sister's cat was too big for the bed.  Maybe it can be a fleece fruit basket instead. (kidding)

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