Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Forever Homes and Crochet Pet Bed Pattern

I have an adopted bunny rabbit named Lillie. She came to live with me on February 19, 2009. She is an adorable, feisty, diva bunny, and I love her so.

A few weeks ago I crocheted Lillie a new bed out of upcycled bed sheets, great project if you have small animals (dogs and cats included). Plus, I have more information to share on adopting bunnies!

Hanging out with Lillie

First, about bunny adoption! The House Rabbit Society has everything you could want to know about bunnies. I also encourage you to check out this site, Make Mine Chocolate, that makes people aware of the commitment and responsibility of owning a bunny. Also I never miss the opportunity to express my support of adopting a pet (and never, ever buying in a pet store). House Rabbit Society has more information on bunny adoption.

Okay, time to crochet a bunny bed! When I moved in with my husband-to-be, we set up Lillie in her new bunny room that included the futon from my old apartment. Turns out, if left alone long enough with the futon, Lillie would dig in it. So I covered it with an old bed sheet that she also dug in. So I decided to cut it up into strips so I could crochet it up like yarn for this project.

Crochet with cut up bed sheets

How to Make Pet Bed from Upcycled Fabric
From craftstylish.com

Skill level

Jumbo sized crochet hook (Mine was 11.5 mm)
Stitch marker
Sheets or clothes to upcycle into yarn
Critter to fill bed

Crochet terms
Ch - Chain
Sc - Single crochet
Scinc - Single crochet increase
Rnd - Round

Single crochet
Single crochet increase
Crocheting in the round (this pattern is worked in continuous spirals, no joining of the rounds required)

  1. Begin by cutting your fabric into strips approximately 1 inch wide. 
  2. Tie them together to make a continuous strand as you go, trimming the ends where you tie together
  3. Now roll your upcycled "yarn" into balls!
    Upcycled sheets
  4. Pattern
    With your jumbo crochet hook, Ch 2

    Rnd 1: 5 sc into 2nd ch from hook

    Rnd 2: Scinc into each sc

    Rnd 3: *1 sc, 1 scinc, repeat from * around

    Rnd 4: *2 sc, 1 scinc, repeat from * around

    Rnd 5: *3 sc, 1 scinc, repeat from * around

    Keep up with this pattern, adding 1 sc in each round followed by a scinc, until your bed reaches its desired size

    To make the sides of the bed, work 1 sc in the front loops only of each sc around (no more increasing)

    Continue to work 1 sc in each around until the sides have reached their desired height

    Fasten off and present to critter
Crochet bed for Lillie

Lillie devastating new bed

How Lille feels about her new bed

1 comment:

  1. Lillie is the cutest little bunny! it's so neat that you adopted her. and i love her bed! i've always wanted to crochet with fabric, what a good idea!