Tuesday, March 20, 2012

Kitty Catnip Pillow

Years ago we bought our then two cats pillows stuffed with Poly-fil and catnip at Portland’s Saturday Market. I decided to go ahead and make one for our cat, Dexter.

For years I’ve had a plethora of upholstery fabric for various projects that either have already been completed or never even came to any sort of fruition. When I redid our bedroom and guest room, I used upholstery fabric for the bedspreads for a couple reasons, but the biggest being we have animals and they like to sleep in places we really shouldn’t allow them to. The other was because of the large-scale prints in easy to clean duck cloth. Anyway, lots of denims, canvas, duck cloth and jacquards all in heavy enough weights to withstand kitty claws and one-hundred and twenty-five pound dogs are now taking up space on my fabric case and not being utilized. So I decided to make a kitty catnip pillow with a small portion of one of them!

What You’ll Need:

6½ x 12 inch piece of heavy weight fabric

The first thing you will want to do is take your fabric and fold it in half like a hot dog bun with the right sides facing.

Starting with the short end, sew closed two sides, leaving you with one end open.

Now take your tube and carefully pull it inside out.

Next, take a handful of Poly-fil and stuff it into the tube. I use a chopstick to help ease it down to the bottom. Sprinkle a little catnip inside and alternate until it is nice and plush but not overly stuffed.

Fold the ends inside by about ¼ to ½ an inch and sew along the edge. For extra strength I sewed forward then reversed it to sew another line backwards. You can use any decorative stitch you’d like as well or even a simple zig-zag stitch. Clip the loose threads.

Give to cat and let him or her enjoy!

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