Cat Naps in a Vintage Suitcase

Cat Naps in a Vintage Suitcase

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 trip that I had found these four salvaged furniture legs.

Salvaged furniture legs to be used with a repurposed vintage suitcase as a DIY pet bed for the cat by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Purr-fect for my pet bed project!

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 suitcase (circa 1960s) at my favorite vintage shop in Knoxville.

Vintage suitcase to use with salvaged furniture legs as a DIY pet bed for the cat by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

…and it matches my furniture legs purr-fectly.

Clearly I was meant to have a green theme. This post contains affiliate links for your crafting convenience.

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

DIY pet bed for the cat using a repurposed vintage suitcase and salvaged furniture legs by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Drilling holes for the legs…

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

DIY pet bed for the cat using a repurposed vintage suitcase and salvaged furniture legs by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

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.

DIY pet bed for the cat using a repurposed vintage suitcase and salvaged furniture legs by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

My “Security Straps” from the outside…

DIY pet bed for the cat using a repurposed vintage suitcase and salvaged furniture legs by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

…and knotted on 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!

DIY pet bed for the cat using a repurposed vintage suitcase and salvaged furniture legs by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

Ready for my sleepy furbabies!

Well…next to it is close enough (for now)…

DIY pet bed for the cat using a repurposed vintage suitcase and salvaged furniture legs by Sadie Seasongoods / www.sadieseasongoods.com

My little fluffy model…

Craft on!

S


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Comments

  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 🙂

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com 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 :).

    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com 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.
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    • sarahwpb@yahoo.com 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!

  11. Amanda Lake says:

    I love this project. Too bad I donated my old suitcases to goodwill. Might have to buy one to make this. I’ll check the street on garbage day first though (ha ha)

    • Sadie Seasongoods says:

      Haha, but isn’t that always the case? As soon as we give something away, we see a FABULOUS repurposing idea, LOL. It’s Murphy’s Law, upcycling-style.

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