How to make a no-sew fleece pet pillow – National Craft Month

by Robyn Wright on March 4, 2013

in Living

Peaches posing on her new cat pillowMarch is National Craft Month and I have an easy project for everyone to celebrate. I have three cats, Peaches, Lottie, and Ozzie, and they love warm and cozy places to nap. Somewhere online at some point I saw the idea of these easy no-sew fleece pet pillows and thought my cats would love them. I was right!

This is a great project for adults and kids, probably 8 or 9 and up. It would be great for a scout troop project too since so many have pets or know of someone with pets. Make a cat pillow, dog pillow, or whatever kind of pet pillow you need.

You can find fleece in a huge assortment of patterns and colors. I bought mine at Jo-Ann’s when it was 50% off. They had some fleece that seemed thicker and plusher than others, but I just used the least expensive for this project.




You only need a few supplies for this project:

  • Fleece – I used 3/4 yard for my pillow. This is folded in half on the bolt and it was the perfect size for my cats. If you have larger animals you would obviously need to buy a larger piece of fleece.
  • Polyester Fiberfill – I used about half of this large bag for one pillow which is loose, but my cats like soft more than firm. Adjust how much stuffing based on your pets needs/likes.
  • Yardstick
  • Scissors

Fleece layers Cut strips around perimeter

Just keep the fleece folded in half (like it comes off the bolt). Cut through the folded edge to make it into two pieces. If there is a printed edge, trim that off as well. Make sure the two pieces are the same size and keep them one on top of the other.

Now you are going to cut strips around the perimeter of the fleece, both layers. The strips should be about 1” apart and from 3” to 4” long. The longer the strips are the easier they are to tie so if younger kids are making this or those with dexterity issues in their hands use the longer measurement. Now, if you are a perfectionist feel free to mark off your cuts and measure them all out exactly BUT it really is not necessary. I eyeballed my cuts and they were not all straight and they were not all exactly the same length. You can see the end product still turned out fine.

nosey cats

Peaches and Ozzie (he’s the black cat behind Peaches) were checking out what I was doing. Lottie had just gotten chased off because she was trying to lay on it too soon!

cut strips all the way aroundTie top and bottom strips into knotsKeep knottingLeave the last side open so you can stuff it

In the corner you are going to actually cut off where the strips intersect – just a small square/rectangle. Again, it doesn’t have to be perfect.

After you get the strips cut all the way around the fleece it is time to start knotting. Simple take the upper and lower strip and tie them into a knot – just like how you start when you tie your shoes. I did it two times for each set of strips. Go around three full sides of the fleece with the knots and then do two or three on each end of the fourth side also. Do not worry that your fabric is puckered a bit at all.

Stuff pillow with polyester filling

Now start stuffing! Fill it as loose or as full as you think your pet will like it. Once you have it stuffed then you will finish knotting the strips on that open fourth side you used to stuff it.

Tie the remaining strips on the 4th side to complete

You are finished! Let your pets investigate and then enjoy the comfy cozy fleece pet pillow you loving made for them! It took me about an hour to make this one – the knotting is the longest part – but not hard. This project is incredibly easy and all levels of crafters should be able to easily complete it. I have to get busy making the other two so that all three of my cats have their own now!

What do you think? Will you try this project? Who will you make it for?

© 2013, Robyn Wright. All rights reserved.

  • Kathy

    I have made a blanket like this but never a pillow great idea

  • Robin O’Sullivan

    I can’t sew, but I would love to try making this. It looks fantastic! Nice job!

  • Robin

    by the way, your cat is adorable and seem very happy with the pillow!

  • Marnely Rguez-Murray

    Oh wow this is genius and perfect for a non-crafty person like I am! No sewing or even hot glue gunning required – perfect for me! I bet you could use old fleece jackets for this as well!

    • Robyn’s Online World

      Yes, as long as you had large enough pieces the old fleece jackets should work too! Great upcycle idea! Subject: [robynsonlineworld] Re: How to make a no-sew fleece pet pillow – National Craft Month

  • Wolfspirit29

    This is totally cool! I’m going to have to try this for my cats. :)

    • Robyn’s Online World

      Yay! They will love it! My cats are fighting over the one, I have to get busy and make the other two! Subject: [robynsonlineworld] Re: How to make a no-sew fleece pet pillow – National Craft Month

  • terrik

    This is such a fantastic idea! I also think it would be something easy for older people to do. If you did all the cutting ahead, you could do the knotting and stuffing on a long car trip. You could also make smaller little decorative pillows, with lavender or something stuffed inside with the fiberfill.

  • alas3lads

    My teenage daughter made several of the no-sew fleece blankets. A few years ago, she made one for each of her three brothers and her Dad as Christmas gifts. I never even thought of doing pillows, that’s a great idea. We have a new-ish puppy, maybe she will make a pillow for her.

    • Robyn’s Online World

      Congrats on the new-ish puppy!
      Subject: [robynsonlineworld] Re: How to make a no-sew fleece pet pillow – National Craft Month

  • Ravzie

    This is a cute idea, something that even craft-challenged me could do. My pup is way too big for one, I’ll think about where I could use one!

    • Robyn’s Online World

      Yes, even those that think they can’t craft can make this project. Great for people too if your pet is too big for one. Subject: [robynsonlineworld] Re: How to make a no-sew fleece pet pillow – National Craft Month

  • Diane MehimAndthecats

    I have made fleece blankets like this and my girl cat loves coziying up on and under it. She would love a realy loosely stuffed pillow like this. I bet I could even find some cheap fabric

    • Robyn’s Online World

      Peaches has spent all of her cat napping time on the pillow since I made it Sunday night – she loves it. She and Lottie also like kneading the pillow with their paws to get it all just right before they lay on it. Subject: [robynsonlineworld] Re: How to make a no-sew fleece pet pillow – National Craft Month

  • GenerationFabulous

    Heck, I want one for me!

    • Robyn’s Online World

      They are soft and comfy for sure! Subject: [robynsonlineworld] Re: How to make a no-sew fleece pet pillow – National Craft Month

  • Nancy Bowers

    I think children would like these too. They are too cute and fluffy!

  • slehan

    Since my sewing skills are about up to sewing on buttons, this would be a good project for me. I can tie my shoes (If I still wore shoes that tied)

  • Shelly Jones

    My dogs will love these! Thanks for sharing.

  • sandy

    Can you wash them in the washing machine? I’ll will definitely be making some of these.

    • Robyn Wright

      Good question and I’m not sure – will try it and update here!

  • Unicoideb

    Can you add catnip to the pillow and how would you go about doing that?

    • Robyn Wright

      Sure, you could sprinkle the dried catnip in while you are stuffing the pillow if you like. They also have a liquid catnip spray (what I use) and I just spray it occasionally on my cats toys or pillows – they love it!

  • Stacy

    This could also be a great service project. Animal shelters and humane societies are always looking for supplies to make the animals more comfortable. Could be a great way to get children involved in community service activities.

    • Robyn Wright

      Great idea Stacy! Thank you!

  • Nikat

    I’m going to make this for my two cats. They love fleece.

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