Saturday, 26 October 2019

Creepy Crafting With Cats ~ Part XIII ~ Halloween Special ~ How To Make A Pumpkin Pouffe and Some Other Really Fun Pumpkin Inspired Stuff in Honour of National Pumpkin Day

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Thanks fur joining fur us fur Part XIII of our Crafting with Cats segment.  Mew know we have so much fun making all this stuff for feline enrichment, and we hope mew enjoy seeing it and/or making it too! 

If mew missed any of our previous CWC posts, stop by the Crafting with Cats Page and see all our previous projects, and mew don't have to be an expert in anything to make any of them.  Plus we offer workarounds and no-sew projects for those who don't like to sew.

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In Honour of...

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..this time we're making these pawesome pumpkin inspired goodies, and just so mew know this is a bit of a monster-sized [pardon the pun] post.

Pumpkin Pouffe with Catnip Leaf Cushions and Catnip Stalk Kicker Toy ~ OH YEAH! 

Cute Mini Pumpkin Trimmed Halloween Bandanna's

Easy Peasy Pumpkin Collar 

Furst up is the 

Pumpkin Pouffe with Catnip Leaves and Catnip Stalk Kicker Toy


What Mew Will Need:

Pumpkin - Orange faux fur - our piece was 1m x 1.5m 

stuffing/wadding - we used the filling from 2 x 18" square cushions we had spare

Leaves - green fabric, wadding, catnip

Stalk - 2 x beige felt squares, wadding, catnip

threads - orange, brown and green

needle, scissors, chalk, tape measure

sewing machine, or mew could hand sew if mew wanted

Optional Cat/s ~ Parsley, Smooch and Fudge were today's Craft Room Snoopervisors

TOP TIP

As we've never made a pumpkin before, instead of cutting into the faux fur straight away; we made a toile aka mock-up of the pumpkin to, a: see if the pattern worked and b: check that it was the right size - so if in doubt always make toile out of some old fabric or calico furst, as then if it doesn't wurk mew've not wasted your expensive fabric.

The Pumpkin Pouffe with Catnip Leaves and Kicker Stalk Creepy Crafting with Cats ©BionicBasil®Halloween Special Toile

1.  Cut 6 x ellipse shape, ours were approx 12" wide by 27" long.

2. Pin edges together and sew each panel in turn.  On the last panels to be sewn leave a 6" - 8" gap to turn right sides out before stuffing.

3. Check size suitability - Parsley was on paw for this step and he said it was purrfect.

4. Stuff to check overall shape and finished size.

So now that we're happy with the size, plumpness and dimensions etc...  we took our faux fur to make our pumpkin - mew don't have to make a toile unless mew want a bigger or smaller version than ours and to test it with your pet.

The Pumpkin Pouffe with Catnip Leaves and Kicker Stalk Creepy Crafting with Cats ©BionicBasil®Halloween Special faux fur

1. to 4. same steps as above on toile: cut, pin right sides together, sew and repeat with all panels, leaving a gap on the last seam.

The Pumpkin Pouffe with Catnip Leaves and Kicker Stalk Creepy Crafting with Cats ©BionicBasil®Halloween Special faux fur

5. Turn right-sides out.

6. Begin to stuff with the wadding.

7. Shape your pumpkin as you stuff until mew're happy with the desired amount of plumpness.  We didn't over-stuff ours as we wanted it to be nicely spongy, without being too full.  Hand stitch final part of seam closed.

8. This is how your finished pumpkin should look.

Optional Catnip Leaf Cushions and Catnip Stalk Kicker Toy

We had a look online as to the shape of a pumpkin leaf and drew straight on the fabric freehand. Our leaves are approx 9" x 9"

The Pumpkin Pouffe with Catnip Leaves and Kicker Stalk Creepy Crafting with Cats ©BionicBasil®Halloween Special catnip leaves

1.  We cut 4 pieces of some old green curtain fabric we had in stock from about 1999, but mew could use felt squares or any cotton fabric.

2. & 3.  We used the same technique as we did with our Snuggle Mats to sew the wadding in place: Wadding on the top and the two green leaves underneath with right sides together, and stitched all the way around leaving about 4" - 5" gap to turn right-sides out.

4. Turn right sides out and stuff with as much catnip as mew want, and hand-sew the final part of the seam together.  We grow our own organic catnip, so we used loads, as we think more is better!

And mew should now have something that looks like this. Many apologies for the cat fur, crumpledness, drool and teeth marks, we got a little carried away before the P.A. could take a picture - OOPS! MOL!!

The Pumpkin Pouffe with Catnip Leaves and Kicker Stalk Creepy Crafting with Cats ©BionicBasil®Halloween Special catnip leaves c

Next we made the stalk.

The Pumpkin Pouffe with Catnip Leaves and Kicker Stalk Creepy Crafting with Cats ©BionicBasil®Halloween Special catnip stalk

1. Take your furst felt square as modelled by Smooch.

2.  Fold edge over approx 1" and stitch the entire length - on the shorter side of the square - to create ridge effect.

3. & 4.  Repeat until mew have something like this.

The Pumpkin Pouffe with Catnip Leaves and Kicker Stalk Creepy Crafting with Cats ©BionicBasil®Halloween Special catnip stalk

5. Fold felt in half ridge sides together, and draw stalk shape and sew.

6.  Cut excess felt away.

7. Turn ridge sides out.

8. Stuff with catnip and wadding to your desired plumpness.

The Pumpkin Pouffe with Catnip Leaves and Kicker Stalk Creepy Crafting with Cats ©BionicBasil®Halloween Special catnip stalk

9. Measure diameter of stalk and cut right sized circle from remaining felt sheet, as modelled by Fudge.

10. & 11. Check it fits and hand-stitch all the way around.

12. Mew should now have something that looks like a pumpkin stalk.

Aftur all of that, put it all together mew should now have something that looks like this! 

The Pumpkin Pouffe with Catnip Leaves and Kicker Stalk Creepy Crafting with Cats ©BionicBasil®Halloween Special

OMC IT'S FLUFFING EPICALLY EPIC! MOL

Talk about an ALL-IN-ONE solution for snoozing, playing and recreational nip activities, this is beyond purrfection and let's see who loved it the best! MOL
The Pumpkin Pouffe with Catnip Leaves and Kicker Stalk Creepy Crafting with Cats ©BionicBasil®Halloween Special catnip stalk WHO LOVES THE PUMPKIN

Cute Mini Pumpkin Trimmed Halloween Bandanna's
The Mini Pumpkin Trimmed Bandanna on Creepy Crafting with Cats ©BionicBasil®Halloween Special Melvyn

What mew will need:

Fabric - we used cat themed Halloween fat quarters

Mini pom pom trim in orange

thread; orange and colours to match your fabric

Quick release collar safety collar

The Mini Pumpkin Trimmed Bandanna on Creepy Crafting with Cats ©BionicBasil®Halloween Special

1. This is our fabric, isn't it epic?

2. Cut a triangle shape pattern with a straight edge at the top on the sides  - this is for the collar to go through. Our pattern dimensions are: 9.5" across the top edge and from the top to the point at the bottom it's 4.5" including a 0.5" seam allowance.

3. Cut 2 pieces of each fabric.

4.  Fold over and sew small straight edge with a zigzag stitch. Repeat on all other pieces of fabric, so in our case we stitched 8 x edges.

The Mini Pumpkin Trimmed Bandanna on Creepy Crafting with Cats ©BionicBasil®Halloween Special

5. & 6.  Place right sides together and stitch from the bottom of the zigzag seam along to the pointy bit and back up the other side, finishing at the zigzag stitching.  Then sew across the straight top edge, leaving a small gap to turn right sides out, as it would be rather fiddly to try and turn it right side out where the collar holes are.

7. Turn right sides out and press.

8. Mew should now have something that looks like this.

The Mini Pumpkin Trimmed Bandanna on Creepy Crafting with Cats ©BionicBasil®Halloween Special

9. & 10. take your pom pom trim and sew it around the bottom edge. 

11. Top stitch across the top straight edge to finish off the seam.

12.  Thread your collars through the holes and mew should now have at least one mega, funky bandanna like this.

Don't Fudge and Melvyn look epically EPIC?

The Mini Pumpkin Trimmed Bandanna on Creepy Crafting with Cats ©BionicBasil®Halloween Special Fudge and Melvyn Modelling the Bandannas

**SAFETY NOTE**

Never leave your cat alone wearing a bandanna or clothes of any description.

Easy Peasy Pumpkin Collar 

What mew will need:

1 x collar - quick release safety type is our fav

Some orange pom poms approx 1" size
  
 Non toxic glue and/or glue gun

Creepy Crafting with Cats Halloween Special ©BionicBasil® BBHQ Easy Peasy Pumpkin Collar
1.  Lay collar out and see how many pom poms are required.

2.  Start gluing pom poms onto collar.

 3.  Continue gluing leaving clasp area fee.

4. It should now look like an over-sized orange caterpillar! MOL

Find a willing kitty model and voila; one pumpkin collar, looking epically epic on our very own Parsley who was the purrfect choice to wear this fun creation.

Doesn't Parsley look SPOOKTACULAR?

Creepy Crafting with Cats Halloween Special ©BionicBasil® BBHQ Easy Peasy Pumpkin Collar

**SAFETY NOTE**

Periodically check for loose pom poms and don't leave your kitty unattended while wearing.

Check out last years epically epic Spooky House and Catnip Pumpkins 


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And that furriends furry sadly brings us to the end of our 13th Crafting with Cats post, we do hope mew liked it and if mew decide to make your furry own pumpkin themed goodies we'd love to see.

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We'll be back tomorrow with some SPOOKY SELFIES and do hope mew can join us then.

Bestest crafty purrs

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11 comments:

  1. Totally, totally amazing and we totally admire your talent!

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  2. You have made some wonderful things, and if petcretary had more time she would be at it pronto! We think those ideas could even be adapted to other festive days, too.

    Parsley sure is a purrfect model!

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  3. Wow ~ Boo! The human here can barely sew a button on (hand tremors contribute, along with lousy close up vision) ... but ... what we say is:
    You have the LUCKIEST clowder of cats in the whole wide world! I mean, look at all the wonderful toys and clothes and pouffs and things they receive as a results of YOUR amazing talents ... is Zoey envious? You bet she is. Happy Meow-O-Ween to one and all ... BOO!

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  4. I'm not a crafty person like you. That pumpkin looks amazing. We really like the bandannas and collars too. Good choice of fabric for bandannas. Happy pumpkin day.

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  5. Totally TOTALLY EPIC!!!! There are no other words really for this Halloween delight.
    Got to be one of the all time bestest things you have made——anyone has made, ever. Well except maybe them nip nanas and the big guy who made mice ;)
    Purrs
    ERin

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  6. WOW THIS WAS EPIC! We hope to soon have some crafts! Dad has just about sold all of his old metal working equipment. He got a new camera, we got a cat fence (being installed as we purr), and he wants to get a sewing machine. Wow maybe he will be making fun stuff. He has the craft room all set up with a table and stuff.
    Thanks so much for all the fun and we will be checking back friends
    We really love your modeling too

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  7. These all came out great. Your human is so talented. XO

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  8. What fantabulous Halloween stuffs for kitties! Think I'm going to try my hand at bandanas for Da Boyz...

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  9. WOWY, I can't decide which craft purroject of these I like the best! B Team, you are all 'sew' creative and ' 'stuffed' full of ideas galore! Winks! Mom has been thinking about buying me a pouf, but now she can make me one following your directions! Cool! Purr purr purr.

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  10. Wonderful creations ! The pumpkin pouf is amazing ! Purrs

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  11. I enjoyed last year's catnip pumpkins and now this is just epic. I didn't know about National Pumpkin Day but I made some spider pumpkin cat toys! MOL
    I have some orange pompoms, if I have time maybe I'll make a quick collar. Thank you for the pawsome post! xx

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