Wednesday 24 July 2019

**NATIONAL CRAFTS FOR YOUR SHELTERS WEEK** Craft-Fest with Cats ~ The Snuggle Mat ~ Day Three ~ Plus The Pet Parade Blog Hop

Welcome to our week long craft-fest 


Here's a quick re-cap just in case you missed Mondays post:

Everyday this week we'll be showing you how to make all kinds of stuff to take to your local shelter to give the kitties and K9's so they get to feel some love, and you get to flex your crafting skills. Any excuse to make something right? MOL

Now we know that some peeps don't sew and/or don't have access to a sewing machine or the like, so we will be incorporating some ideas that are completely NO SEW during the week, and don't think that the items are just for us cats, 3 of our items are for our K9 furriends too, so don't panic we've got you covered - of course we do, we're The B Team we've got everything covered! 

Also we love to upcycle, recycle and re-purpose items here at BBHQ, so most things can be made without having to buy anything in.

Here's what we've got on offer throughout the week

 As modelled by our youngest B Team memfur; Melvyn, and you can see he's absolutely blissed out.

Crafting For Your Shelter Projects July 2019 @BionicBasil®

1. Snuggle Buddy    2. Kicker Toy    3. Snuggle Mat  

4. Mini Cardboard Scratcher    5. Catnip Cracker


Today we're going to show you how to make this super easy snuggle mat.  This is purrfect for all kitties and K9's and can be made in any size and/or shape of your choosing.  Plus it's takes no time at all to run up on the machine, so it's a really quick project if you're short on time.
The Snuggle Mat and Melvyn - The B Team ©BionicBasil® Craft-Fest Day 3
What you will need



Sewing machine - needle and thread




*Fabric ~ for the top we used a fleece robe that the P.A. was looking to re-purpose, and for the backing we used a piece of this: Ikea STOPP FILT - Rug underlay with anti-slip which the P.A. bought ages ago to use under a rug in the lounge but then found the rug skidded all over the floor, so it was promptly packed away and put into stock, and it was purrfect for this project.

**Stuffing ~ we used regular 1" thick wadding as we also had that in stock.

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Lets Begin

How To Make The Snuggle Mat a ©BionicBasil® Craft-Fest Day 3
1. Here's the super soft fleece robe pre-scissors.

2.  We cut the entire back panel out and decided that we could make something approx  24" x 18" with enough for a 1" seam.

3.  We then cut the grey fabric aka former Ikea rug underlay and wadding to size - 25" x 19"

4. Then we tested for softness, at this point if you want another layer of wadding, feel free to add one.  Though we felt this was a rather nice thickness.

How To Make The Snuggle Mat b ©BionicBasil® Craft-Fest Day 3
5. Layer your fabrics together in this order.
a. wadding
b. top*
c.  bottom*

*b. + c. = right sides together.

6.  Pin all the way around and sew, leaving about 12" gap so that you can turn the snuggle mat right-side out.

7.  You should now have something that looks like this.

8.  Trim excess off the seams.

How To Make The Snuggle Mat c ©BionicBasil® Craft-Fest Day 3
9.  Turn the snuggle mat right-sides out.

10. It should now look like this.

11.  Turn in edges and pin. We hand stitched this final part of the mat together.

12. Your finished snuggle mat should now look something like this.

Here's our finished Snuggle Mat
Smooch has been loving the mat, yet Melvyn keeps going and hoofing Smooch off and getting all snuggled and not wanting to share.  So the moral of today's post is: make more than one as somepurrdy might be upset like Smooch!  AWWWWWW just look at his little face, and yes he will be getting his very own snuggle mat when the P.A. feels a bit better and makes a batch for the local shelter.

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If you missed our previous Crafting For Your Shelters posts, here's the links:

The Snuggle Buddy   Kicker Toy

And that furriends furry sadly brings us to the end of Craft-Fest Day Three. We do hope you've enjoyed it and feel inspired to make something, and we'd love to see how your projects turned out so feel free to post your pawesome crafty pics on our Facebook page at:

And if there's anything you'd like us to make, leave a comment with your idea/s.  

We'll be back on the morrow with how to make the fab Mini Cardboard Scratcher and do hope you can join us then, until then...

Keep calm and craft on

Bestest crafty purrs

Wing Commander Basil & The B Team xox

Don't forget to join in today's pawesome Pet Parade 


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  1. That looks like a great way to use old soft clothes...and trust us, petcretary has way too many old sweatshirts that would be great for this kind of project. And maybe some catnip inserted between the layers would add to its appeal?!

    Yes, we do hope Smoochie gets his own mat soon...

  2. That snuggle mat is epic, mew guys! Melvyn, be sure to share with Smooch, okay? Or maybe the PA can make one for each of you? :)

  3. This is tremendous, I am going to share it a lot, I added it to my Basil's sharing section on Social Bee.

  4. We would love a cuddle mat. Thanks for all your great crafts

  5. Oh so cute. You're so talented.

    Have a purrfect Wednesday. My best to your mom. ♥

  6. That would sure be popular...anywhere and everywhere!

  7. I am lovin' the crafts, especially because they can be made from old clothing! Sustainable fun for kitties and woofies. Thank you, thank you for doing this! xoxo

  8. Thanks for sharing throughout the week on how to make these crafts. The snuggle mat looks very easy to do. Just going to try one this weekend. They will be popular for comfortness. Have a great day.
    World of Animals

  9. guyz...thiz mattz total lee epic lee awesum....pleez ta tell de PA we haza recipe for a blanket her can use if her doez knot wanna get de sewin masheen out !!...hope mumz doin aye oh kay ~~ ☺☺♥♥

  10. I made some of these for our local shelter but cheated. I used an old summer weight quilt (4.5 tog) and made 12 mats from it. I put nip in the quilt pieces Then covered them in a pretty material

  11. That's a great snuggle mat, it looks very comfy ! Purrs

  12. That is sooo cool. We love recycling and that colour scheme is perfect!

  13. Smooch you are a star on that star studded mat! My purrivate carriage could use one of those mats, 'cause right now it only has a folded up pillow case. I could have mom make me one and another for the local shelter not too far from where I live. Hugs.


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