Make This Adorable House for Your Dog or Cat

Photo: Chris Middleton
Your pet will thank you for their own little palace.

Now that you've made some adorable cushions to relax on, don't forget about your furry friend. With Beci Orpin's new book Sunshine Spaces, you can craft a cute and functional pet bed for your dog or cat they're sure to love. Equipped with tough felt for your scratching kitties and a comfy cushion for your pup, this pet pyramid is sure to please.

Pet Pyramid

What You'll Need

Pyramid

  • Circular saw
  • Pencil and ruler
  • 94 x 47 in. piece of 1/2 in. plywood
  • Round template, about 8 in. in diameter
  • Electric drill
  • Jigsaw
  • Medium-grit and fine-grit sandpaper
  • Cloth or rag
  • PVA glue
  • Twelve 1 1/4 in. screws, or a hammer and twelve 1 in. nails
  • Scissors
  • Offcuts of industrial felt or carpet, or anything that has a good surface for cats to scratch (natural jute rope is also an option) – enough to cover one side of the pyramid, 19 1/2 in. square

Cushion

  • Pins
  • 2 pieces of durable fabric, about 14 in. square
  • Large circle template, about 12 in. in diameter
  • Sewing machine and thread
  • Cushion stuffing
  • Needle and thread

Pompom

  • Wool
  • Pompom maker

Directions

Step 1: Using the circular saw with the blade tilted 30 degrees inwards, mitre along one of the long edges of the plywood panel. Then, with the blade still tilted inwards, cut out a 19 1/2 in. wide strip down the length of the plywood, ensuring the two mitred edges are facing inwards.

Step 2: With the blade of the saw tilted back to a right angle (or 90 degrees), cut the strip into three panels 19 1/2 in. long. You should now have three 19 1/2 in. square panels, each with two mitred edges.

Step 3: Take one of the panels and draw a circle in the centre for the 'peep hole'. I used a plastic plate as a template for the circle. TIP: Cats will not go through any opening that their whiskers won't fit through. The average length for a cat's whiskers is 8 in., but if your cat has particularly long whiskers, make the hole bigger.

Step 4: Drill a hole at the edge of the circle to start you off.

Step 5: Cut around the marked circle with the jigsaw.

Step 6: Use the medium-grit sandpaper to sand all the edges of the panels until smooth. Sand around the inside of the hole. Dust off with the cloth.

Step 7: Glue the panels together to create the pyramid. Make sure you match the angles of the panels as shown.

Step 8: Add some screws using the electric drill, or use a hammer and nails to secure the panels in place. Use fine-grit sandpaper to sand all the surfaces and edges, then dust off with the cloth.

Step 9: Cut the felt to size and glue it to one side of the constructed pyramid (the side without the peep hole). I used three strips of felt in different colours.

Step 10: Cushion: Pin the two squares of fabric together. Using your template, draw a circle onto the fabric about 12 in. in diameter. Cut out two circles from the fabric, adding a 1/2 in. seam allowance all round.

Step 11: Pin the right sides together. Sew around the edge, leaving a 4 in. opening. Turn right side out and fill with the stuffing. Close the hole with hand stitching. TIP: Don't overstuff the cushion. You want it fairly flat so your pet doesn't knock it out on their way in and out of the pyramid. The cushion will also flatten out the more they sit on it (especially if your pets are rather 'big boned' like mine).

Step 12: Pompom: Wind the wool around the pompom maker and, once full, cut the wool. Place some string (I used a length of wool) around the cut wool, then pull it tight and tie a knot to keep in place. Trim your pom pom and hang it at the entrance to the pyramid.





Excerpted with permission from Sunshine Spaces by Beci Orpin, published by Hardie Grant Books April 2017, RRP $24.99.