I bought a new jumper on Friday and it wasn’t till after I bought it I realised it had elbow patches (I saw chunky purple jumper and just had to have it!)
Well you guys know me, I can’t help but add cats to things so I sewed a cat onto one of the elbows. It’s the first time I’ve embroidered anything and it’s a little messy but still cute. I used a special pen to draw the cat on, it disappears after a while leaving just the stitching showing.
I might do something different on the other elbow.
I was so happy with the purses that I made last week that I decided to work on a bag idea. This is one style I’m trying out, I’ve another idea too which is similar but more simple to sew. I think this one is a little deep (or narrow!) so back to the sewing machine
I got a wine box for £5 last week for Arty. He loved it straight away but it was a bit deep as he likes to rest his chin on the side. With a bit of foam and a pillow case I’ve transformed it into something a lot more comfy and a better depth.
I got the foam cut to size, it cost about £3. It’s 5mm smaller than the inner dimensions of the box which seems the perfect size to allow for fabric etc. The pillow case was from a charity shop for a few pence.
All I did was put the foam in the pillow case, tucked the edges in and put it in the box. No need for any sewing!!
Arty loves it. He likes boxes that are on the small size so he is a snug fit.
You will have seen yesterday that the chair in my office is really boring. It’s the cheapest office chair Ikea do and is a very dull grey colour. I can’t really complain seeing as it was only £12.99.
The back rest has two main pieces that are just pushed together so it’s easy to open it up to reveal how the fabric is fastened on. It’s just a flat piece of fabric with a string around the edge that has been tied tight to hold it in place.
I took the fabric off, flattened it out and used it as a template to cut out cat fabric. I simply stitched the cat fabric onto the original chair fabric, making sure to not go too close to the edge to interfere with the draw string.
Then I just put the fabric back onto the plastic and foam back-rest and tied it back up.
The back of the back-rest just pops back in with a bit of pressure and seals in the edges of the fabric.
It’s that simple, it took about ten minutes.
The seat of the chair is covered in much the same way so once I’ve got some more fabric I’ll cover that too. A once boring grey chair is now a cool cat chair.
When I redye my hair, my hairline always looks awful for a few days because my scalp is as pink as my hair. I thought I’d make a hairband to conceal it until the dye has washed out of my skin. Being me, I’m totally incapable of making something that isn’t cat related so I put ears on it. It was so difficult taking photos – winter sun makes me squint so much (and Arty)!
The pencil-case I made a while ago is looking a little tatty and I felt like a change. I decided to make a roll instead of a pouch this time. I padded it with a layer of fleece fabric inside to protect my precious pencils.
I found the fabric whilst browsing eBay. It’s great for buying fat quarters of funky cat fabric.
(The brushes are erasers with a brush on the end to brush away the rubbings not paintbrushes incase you were wondering why they were in a pencil-case)
Even the kitties are getting handmade goodies this year. I used some scraps of felt to make the fish shapes and stuffed them with dried homegrown catnip. I used a simple blanket stitch around the edges. So simple, cheap and very popular with the cats. They all tried to help me make them.
I made four. One for each of our cats and one for Poppy, Daz’s mum’s cat.