Saturday, September 10, 2011

One–yard part two

I finally got around to making another project out of the One-Yard Wonder book. 
(see first project here)
The project I chose was the cat bed.  Yes as my bio on the side claims I am in fact a cat momma (married into it.)
When looking through the book I knew this was a project I wanted to do.  Our cat (Fran) has long hair and is constantly shedding.  Her old bed was in terrible shape, so when we moved I just got rid of it, with the intention of replacing it – over a year later I finally got around to it! 
So as I mentioned Franny has long (shedding) hair – so I thought it would be most practical to make the bed itself out of muslin (shown above.)
Then I made a second bed, but didn’t stuff it, so it could be used as a slip cover.
The thing I really like about this cat bed pattern is that it is not just a round or square thing, like you normally see, it is actually a small trapezoid inside a larger trapezoid.
All in all it went together pretty easily.  I was able to get it done in a couple nights after work. 
I am a bit impatient when I cut things out (I think cutting pieces out is my least favorite part of the sewing process), so my pieces didn’t always perfectly line up (you can see some puckering in the above picture.)
But I am REALLY pleased with how if came together!
Doesn’t it look great! (If I do say so myself.)
After completing both the inside bed and the outside cover, my next dilemma was to determine how to close the slip cover so it could be easily removed and washed.
I had left one side of the trapezoid unsewn – I tucked in the seam allowance to make it look more finished, but still needed a way to close the opening.
My first thought was buttons – I have a LOT of buttons, thanks to inheriting half of my grandma’s stash.  After sorting through one of the bags, I found these fun leather buttons that I thought would look nice with the fabric.
But after considering how the finished product would look and hold up against my cat, I decided maybe a zipper would be a better bet.
A long time ago I bought a zipper grab bag for like 2 dollars – there are a lot of random colors, lengths and materials in the bag, and I was able to find a nice long zipper in that.  Also the pull is a little ball, which I thought Fran might have fun batting around.  Win/Win.
I am TERRIBLE at sewing in zippers, so I just did my best and reassured myself that there wouldn’t be a 4H judge looking at it when all was said and done.
Though I hadn’t considered I had a judge more harsh than the 4H ones to present it to – Fran herself…
As is the case with most cats (I presume) – she acted aloof for the first few weeks.  Despite me constantly encouraging her to give it a try, she remained uninterested (at best.)
I had given up trying – I knew that if Fran was going to use it at all, it was going to be on her own terms.  So I just set it on top of one of her favorite lounging areas.
Now most days when I get home from work and head upstairs I am greeted by this:
How cute is that?  I think the fabric goes nicely with her fur don’t you? Can you tell she loves having her picture taken?
Any other cat momma’s out there (by marriage or otherwise)?  Have you ever made anything for your cat? I’d love to hear about it!


  1. I love it and I'm glad Fran does too! :) I think she needs one on every story of the house.

  2. ><>
    Good idea to make a slip cover. She does look good on it and it looks like she likes it.