Saturday, July 24, 2010

Cozy Cat Cushion Craft

I'm amazed at myself for saying this, but it is totally true: I **like** a cat. I really do. Our new (old) cat. So, in this spirit of companionship I decided to make the cat some places to sleep and dream some funky cat dreams. Because he shouldn't have to sleep like this:
 He's not too happy about the blocks carefully stacked around him. The Munchkins goal behind this project was to stop his tail from moving. Hmmm. So, he definitely needs a designated sleep area for comfort and for boundaries....'cause then I can tell the Munchkin that when he's on the sleeping spots, he's off limits (yeah, that'll work). I made Danny a windowsill cushion and a bed.

So, here's what you need:

Thin Styrofoam Board
Lots of a fabric for cushion(depending on the # of projects)
Exacto knife
Sewing Machine and Thread
Velcro pieces
Alternate Fabric for Flower Paws
Glue Gun
Batting/Polyester filling

To Make the Cushions:
~A piece of styrofoam cut to fit for the windowseat (for the bed, you can pick whatever size you want). I don't do math and I don't like to measure so, I eye-balled it:
I just trimmed off the excess. 
~Next, you need to see how much fabric you require. I laid out the fabric, laid my styrofoam board on it, folded it over and gave about 3 inches of extra fabric for hemming and room for stuffing. I trimmed away the rest.
~Take the foam out. 
~Hem one of the short sides. Leave the other alone.
~Reverse the fabric (wrong side out) and stitch the longest sides together.
~Then, line up the fabric like this (picture below) and sew a straight line across the unhemmed, short side. It should look like this:
Hopefully, your stitches will be straighter than mine. **yeesh**
~Turn the whole thing right side out and poke the corners out. 
~Fit the board into it. 
~Fill it with batting/filling.
~Attach velcro to the inside hemmed edges and seal it up. I used adhesive velcro, which is going to get in the way of washing....but, I couldn't find any plain kind at the store I went to. You'd be better off getting the sewn on kind, I'm sure. 
~Add the fabric flowers (the shape of a paw, if you'd like) with the hot glue....I'm not going to give you directions on the flowers, but you can find them HERE at The Domestic Diva. I went with the hand rolled roses. :-) 
Here's a picture of the paw, close-up:
For the windowsill cushion, I attached it so the windowsill with some leftover velcro. That way the cat cat jump on and off without knocking it down all the time. We also put a bird feeder right next to the window, so he'll have some wildlife to scheme about. :-)
 Here they are, all put together:

Danny thinks it's Purr-fect. :-)

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