Yesterday I posted about my new cat mats that are in my Etsy Shop. Today I designed and made a new round, rag quilted mat. As with most of my designs I use recycled fabrics and some new cotton fabric for appliques, patchwork etc.
I enjoy rag quilting, I used to make alot of tote bags using this technique. It looks good on a cat mat too. Lovely and soft, this mat consists of 4 layers of wadding and 3 layers of cotton fabric, and the raggy bits will get softer after a few washes. The cat in the centre has been hand appliqued by me using the blanket stitch method with a contrasting silk thread.
Measuring approx 18″ these mats are an ideal size to leave anywhere in the home, ready for your little friend to curl up on. Now I have all the measurements etc I can go ahead and make some for the shop, so do visit Etsy and put in the search ‘cattery57’ for the shop.
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!!!
This 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).
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.
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.
My two little boys have never had so many cat beds or mats to fight over before! And I promise you they do fight, they are twin brothers and don’t like sharing unless they have to. And I have made lots of cat beds and mats in the last couple of months, not only for my new Cattery57, but I am also trying to design a nice easy, cosy cat mat to start my Cattery57 Etsy shop. I want to keep the ethos of using recycled fabrics, but they need to be cosy and look pretty enough to leave lying around the home. So I have gone back to patchwork, but with a little twist of hand embroidery on some tiny kat kickers that are attached, they are removable to enable washing or to put your own cat toys onto the mat. This is my prototype, I am in the process of embroidering the little kickers which will be attached tomorrow. The mat measures 21″ x 21″, 2cms thick with wadding, this one is Butterfly and Flowers fabric, (although that will change due to the fabrics being recycled), fully washable, and my two boys love sleeping on it, although with the clocks going back I have had trouble catching them sleeping today!!! But I promise photo’s will be available tomorrow!!!!!
If you couldn’t tell from the pictures in the last post, my dream craft workroom is now a small boarding cattery!!!
We have 2 perfectly formed holiday homes………….
With heated bedrooms
Back to my roots and back to doing what I love. I will still be doing my crafts, but probably I will change again and concentrate on catty things. Like cat beds, mats, toys etc.
Perfect little bed for my perfect little cat, made by me.
Squishy cat mats for the cattery, made by me.
This is also a new cat I have designed, once the cattery is up and running (we were only granted the licence to open a couple of days ago) I will be making these as elaborate, one off crazy quilted cats.
I have plenty of space in the cattery to sit and do my hand sewing whilst talking to my little visitors and keeping them company. What could be more ideal?