Look what I found while sorting through boxes of junk from my childhood bedroom....
A big ball of braided fabric. This was meant to be sewn into a rug a few years ago, but I was sewing it by hand which took forever, and other things came up.
So, I figured I might as well finish what I started... and threw the braided fabric on my sewing machine (much quicker) and used a zig-zag stitch to sew it together.
Instead of making a rug, I decided to make a cat bed or cat basket. (since one of my dogs chewed a hole in the fleece cat bed I made for them before, it was time for another)
One of the cats is always occupying the new bed...
To make this, it's the same idea as making a braided rug (which if you google search it, there are several great tutorials). Except, you braid a little tighter, and let it coil up while sewing. (every now and then I'd do a slight overlap of the connecting braids)
Update: Apparently my cats prefer the basket a little shorter on the sides than it was... they folded the edges over on the pet bed and use it that way now.