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.

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My First Recycled Craft Workshop

I gave my first craft workshop last week.  I taught some lovely ladies how to make Button Bracelets with Tshirts and cord.  It was a fun evening and everyone went home with 2 completely different bracelets.  A timetable for future workshops will be on my website within the next few days, tinasragbag.co.uk.  The workshops include: Rag Wreaths, Magazine Weaving, Junkmail Bead Making, Teacup Pincushions and Milk Bottle Shoulder Bags.

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Lots of concentration going on here!

Our first bracelet was made using cord and buttons, with the help of a great tutorial on hopestudios.blogspot.co.uk, the ladies were able to finish a bracelet quite quickly, the only thing  we found was that the cord did fray quite alot, plus I hadn’t told them at the beginning to pick out the buttons with big enough holes!!!  But with the help of some wax and some needles that problem was overcome.

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Two completed bracelets

The second bracelet was my own design made with a recycled tshirt.  This way the buttons didn’t twist and you had a solid bracelet.  Whilst researching button bracelets I  found some people were making them by sewing buttons and beads onto a length of ordinary elastic.  I wanted something a little neater.  By cutting a tshirt into 1″ strips and stretching each strip into a cord, 6 of these cords were plaited together and sewn to form a bracelet.  then the buttons and beads were separately sewn on to the bracelet.

I thouroughly enjoyed hosting this workshop and I will be doing many more in the future.  Please visit my website for pricing and booking.

Also I have finally found some time to complete a Viking Knit Bracelet made using the recycled copper wire that my lovely partner has spent hours and hours stripping for me.  It was so easy to make but took a bit more time to add the closure etc.  I made a tool out of an old crochet hook and a bit of thick board to begin the loops.  It has had a lot of admirers and I will be making some more to sell on my website.

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My very first Viking Knit Bracelet