Monday, 5 October 2015

Wrinkled and puckered

Hiya one and all, Twas crafty Club this morning and Carol brought in our Christmas tree to show us. This is going to be entered in the Christmas Tree Festival in a church in town in December. She has made a good job of it, forgot to take my camera but it's free standing so quite tall, like a large cone, made out of a snooker table green baize cloth. We have all got to make the decorations for it now. It will be brilliant once it's finished. 
A while ago I was given a lightweight quilt. I didn't need it, I have enough bedding already, but I thought it would come in useful for something. Today I had an idea for it, why not cut it up into biggish squares and make small dog, and cat quilts with it. I divided it up into nine squares, and made up three of them today.   
The chequered fabric is two cushion covers I bought a while ago for £1 from the Age UK charity shop. The idea was to cut up the squares for quilting, but then I thought why cut it up and sew it together again, just use them for quilt covers as they are. Luckily they were just the right size so all I had to do was to sew up the open end, and run the machine over it a few times to hold the layers together. 

Then I looked in my bedroom cupboard and found a full size quilt cover which I was given nearly a year ago. It isn't anything special, having had a lot of wear, but just the job for cutting up and covering animal beds. There's enough fabric in it to make up the other six. The sewing isn't perfect, wrinkled and puckered in places, but hey, apart from the £1 for the two chequered covers the rest of the materials are all free. I haven't made removable covers, the whole lot can be put in the washing machine. These will be sold on our car boot stall and at Christmas markets, for the cats.  

The weather has been miserable today, raining and windy, I think it will be the same tomorrow. Not to worry, I have plenty to keep me occupied indoors. Sewing and more sewing, finding uses for the fabrics I already have, making something out of recycled materials is what I like doing. 
Thanks very much for popping in. Catch you soon. Toodle pip

20 comments:

  1. I've never thought of quilts for cats. I always have blankets for my cat. I shall have to try and make one - great idea for giving to cat charities. Natalie

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  2. Having reached the age of 57 last week, I'm feeling a bit " wrinkled and puckered in places" myself ha ha

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    1. I was thinking something very similar in regard to myself, Kath! ;)

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  3. I love this idea, easy to wash too.
    Briony
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    1. Hi Briony. You could make them the size of a seat cushion to protect your best three piece suite from the little darlings.

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  4. Kath,I thought well aren't we all when I saw Ilona's header!

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  5. You have such great ideas Ilona on how to re-purpose things.

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  6. There's some lucky cats round your neck of the woods !

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  7. I like your idea of cat quilts.

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  8. Those look really delightful for the kitty kats in the area. Dog and cat beds in the stores are really expensive.

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  9. I really enjoy your creativity in using what you have and creating other items. Your fund raising efforts are wonderful. I am glad that there are good people in the world like you Ilona.

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  10. From your title I thought you had soaked in the bath too long. Ha ha. Great idea for your cat quilts. I use old fleeces to make a cosy washable cover for my dogs bed. I've even made a simple fleece jacket for her to wear on really cold nights because she's short haired and like me, feels the cold. I hope you make lots of money for your cat rescue and with all your hard work you'll need a table just for your handiwork.

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  11. Hi.Your are so very resourceful,Ilona.Your kitty quilts are a great idea.Truly, you are one of the most productive people I know,a force to be reckoned with.Ha ha.Bye for now,D.

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  12. This is a great way of using odds and ends of fabric. I make them in various sizes for a local pet rescue, they go through loads so never have too many.

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    1. Well done, Pam. We have a dog rescue which takes donations of bedding, they have loads given already so they don't need mine.

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  13. Very resourceful. I might make up a few of these for our assortment of cat and dogs beds. It would be easier to pop one of these in the wash over Winter than it would be to wash and dry the whole bed each time.

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    1. Hi. Yes, they would work very well as a topper for an existing bed, easy to wash.

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  14. Like everyone else - I thought you were describing what I see in the mirror!

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  15. Both my dog and my cat seem to be just as comfortable sleeping on concrete as they are on their cosy quilts. Sometimes I wonder why we bother.

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