The (suit)Case of the Napping Cat

The (suit)Case of the Napping Cat

This is a project that has been on my radar for years- making a pet bed from a vintage suitcase. Finding all the right elements has never been the problem- the problem has been finding the right elements at the right price!

Well, I’m happy to say that it all recently came together! You may recall from this recent post that I had found salvaged furniture feet for a buck each at Nashville’s 8th Avenue Antique Mall.



And then the Gods of Vintage came together and their rusty, chippy stars aligned because on the trip home from Nashville, I found this green American Tourister Escort bag (circa 1960s) at Nostalgia On McCalla.

Clean and stain-free...SCORE!

Clean and stain-free…SCORE!

Clearly I was meant to have a green theme.

So, first things first- I broke out my crafting drill and put four holes in the bottom half of the case for the furniture feet.

Drill, baby, drill.

Drill, baby, drill.

Then I just used four random screws to attach the feet- gotta love using up some hoarded hardware!

Go, go Gadget Feet!

Go, go Gadget Feet!

The tricky part (for me) was figuring out how to keep the lid open securely without buying any more parts. Hurray for Google! I stumbled across this DIY Pet Bed tutorial in which this blogger used string to keep it open. So if you looked closely at the previous pic, you may have noticed two additional drill holes next to the back legs (near the hinges, which are unfortunately out of frame). I also drilled two corresponding holes through the top of the case.

But instead of using yarn, string or twine, I snipped out the ribbon “straps” that were already part of the luggage interior- previously used to hold folded clothing in place. But they worked PERFECTLY for this new task.

Secure straps from the outside.

Secure straps from the outside.

Secure straps from the  inside.

Knotted, secure straps from the inside.

…And I do apologize for the inferior photos in this post…I just couldn’t seem to get the lighting right!

Once the ribbons were knotted inside each hole and were snugly in place, I took an old bed pillow and a charming thrifted pillowcase and tucked it inside- voilà! A pet bed!

Ready for sleepy furbabies...

Ready for sleepy furbabies…

Admittedly, I have no idea if Cottonball or Wrigley will ever use it…BUT I can finally say that I made one and it looks awfully cute!

Craft on!



  1. My mom would love that! I will most definitely share

  2. Adore it!!

  3. too cute! Love it and if I was a kitty I would sleep in it 🙂

    • says:

      Thank you so much! I’m trying to convince Cottonball that he should nap in it but so far, he’s more content next to it. #Figures 😉

  4. The cat bed turned out great and Cottonball is such a cutie. I read the story about him too. It’s wonderful that you took him in. I’ve been thinking of making such a bed for our Barney but his favorite sleeping place changes every week. If I find a suitcase for the right price I’ll make one though, even if he uses it only for a few days :).

    • says:

      Cottonball is a great Sadie Seasongoods mascot…he can make everything, even a Pinspired failure project, look wonderful. 🙂

  5. Thank you so much for stopping by The WeekendSocial Link Party over at KitchenDreaming. Hope to see you next time!

  6. love this idea, and such a cute kitty! I’ve got 2-my babies!

  7. Thanks for linking to Create Link Inspire at The Crafty Blog Stalker. You have been featured and pinned! Thank you for sharing.

    • says:

      Thanks, Katie! Is there an “I was featured on…” button I can put on my page? Thank you again!

  8. How cute! Stopped by via Knick Of Time.

  9. Adorable!!

  10. I love it! What an awesome idea. I will be on the lookout for one of these suitcases so my fur babies can have one, too!


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