Round, Rag Quilt Cat Mat

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. dscf4523

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.

Beds, beds and more beds!

I still haven’t managed to get either one of my little boys to sleep on the last one I made. There are so many around the house now, with all of my experiments, they would rather not have to make a decision so sleep on my bed instead.

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Stalker after a hard morning, I would love to know what he is dreaming about. He always has a smile on his face!!

So this week I have been trying out my fabric yarn and crochet. This little bed worked out perfectly. Not very inspiring colour wise, but now I know what size it turns out and how much fabric I need I will be able to make them alot more colourful.

It started with a recycled cotton bottom sheet.

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Then I tore up the fabric to make my yarn ready for crocheting. There are lots of websites on the net with tutorials on how to make your own fabric yarn. Very simple, you just need to have a large crochet hook to crochet it with.

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I made a small pillow with the fabric, before I made the rest into fabric yarn. I then crocheted round the pillow and made a lovely warm cuddly little bed. (Yes, another one!!)

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Crochet fabric yarn is lovely and thick so stands up on its own, but is still slightly stretchy and soft. I made this little bed with less than a single sheet size of cotton fabric. It measures 12″ across (nice size for small cats or kitten) and stands 7″ tall with the top folded over, the cushion inside is about 5″ deep but sinks to about 3″ when someone gets in. So it is very cosy and very durable. These will definitely be going into my shop, with a little tweaking and a bigger size, and some decoration, after Christmas.

This weekend I have been busy trying things out to make for the shop. Along with this little bed idea I have made an easy 30 minute make cat pillow. I had seen these no sew, quick pillows before, made from fleece or tshirt fabric. The fleece doesn’t fray, and the tshirt fabric doesn’t fray and stretches. I wondered what would happen if I made it from the left over cotton fabric from the last cat bed. And this is what it turned out like………dsc_0214Perfect, I used to love making the rag quilt bags and I can imagine after a few washes this little pillow will fray and look shabby chic just like the rag quilts. I can see alsorts of designs with this one.

I am still working on my new Etsy shop. Working towards putting items in the shop after Christmas. Alot of the things I will be posting will be hand finished or hand made as I am doing most of my crafting now in my new boarding cattery (sewing machine noise is not acceptable). I am sitting there keeping my little guests company, having catty conversations and crafting. A wonderful way to spend my days…………..

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My crafting chair, and a little guest.

Fabric Hearts

In October I was crafting for Christmas. I had some orders for my Personalised Fabric Hearts, and this was my favourite one.

12191959_794374737338998_8878003984162371314_nIt was made for a lady that collects teapots. and apparently was a much loved Christmas present.

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All wrapped up in tissue paper and in one of my lovely new packing boxes my hearts looked very professional  I am hoping that when Valentines Day and Mothers Day comes along they will be popular. They measure approx 5.5 inches, so are larger than the ones you normally see on other sites.  They are now for sale on my website.

Manic last couple of weeks

I really don’t know where the last few weeks have gone since my last post. But I have managed to achieve completely updating my website, starting a new business page on facebook, making¬† some new things for sale, and half way organising a small sale of items for locals at my studio. Christmas will soon be upon us, as I am quickly realising. so I am concentrating on gifts…….. Which are for sale on my website and etsy shop.

SAM_2216I have personalised fabric hanging hearts, I will print any message you want, and hand stitch it to one of my stuffed fabric hearts. The hearts are boxed and include a matching fabric covered notecard.

SAM_2206There are also, fabric pouches, which I have found so handy to keep my handbag tidy. I have a pouch for my phone, one for my camera and another one to keep small items such as headache tablets, lip balm makeup etc together. I get so fedup trying to find things floating around the bottom of my handbag, these are so handy to keep everything together.

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You will also find hand appliqued coin purses, with dogs and cats, on my website. Please take a look.

In the meantime, I hope this year, I will be ready for Christmas, making lots of things for a local craft fair, my studio sale and keeping fingers crossed for orders from my facebook page and website. Good luck to all the other crafters who will be doing the same.