New Cat Mats

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I am having a lovely week at home, away from the cattery, before the little Christmas guests arrive. My sewing machine is working overtime making cat mats. The ones I made for the cattery have been a great success. The ones at home have too. Dillon and Stalker spend most of their days on my bed, I put two of the mats on the bed and they will only sleep on them now!!!

dscf4490This week I have been rummaging through secondhand shops for fabric and designing, practicing and making lots of cat mats. Some of which will be going into my Etsy shop.

There is a small, soft, kicker toy that can be removed, on one edge of the mat. The ring allows you to attach your own toys. (No catnip has been used).dscf4493

The beauty of them being padded mats is that I can do anything on the top of them. I will be making patchwork ones, appliqued ones and plain ones depending on the fabric I can get hold of. So from fabric that has been thrown out I can make beautiful, practical and cuddly mats for cats.

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One of the cat mats with a pillow my son bought me that has a photo of my two little boys when they were babies……….gorgeous.

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Cat Applique Coin Purse

Tody I spent some time designing my new purses for my Etsy shop and Christmas craft fair. I really enjoy applique so decided to use that as well as quilting. These purses are made from recycled denim and cotton fabric, the applique is handstitched and I have quilted the back. The lining is the same fabric as the cat background.  A little lace finishes it off. I’ve already got an order for one with a dog applique.

SAM_2177 SAM_2178 SAM_2179My list of ones to do include: horse, car, rabbit, owl, flower, motorbike and skull, any more suggestions? I can see the next few days are going to be spent with needle and thread and my sewing machine can have a rest!!  Lovely……….