Monday 12 July 2021

Crafting With Cats ~ Part IV Revisited ~ How We Made An Epically Epic Rainbow Pom Pom Hammock

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Supurr Monday Greetings Pawesome Pals

Thanks fur joining for us for a revisit of Part IV of our Crafting with Cats segment. 

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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This week we're making this!

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What We Used:

A gazillion pom poms [MOL just kidding 1000 x 1" should suffice!]
Glue gun and lots of glue sticks
Fabric backing
Timber and wood screws
Paint - if mew want to paint it. [We used white gloss.]
Staple gun and/or upholstery tacks
A length of ribbon or trim

Now we made a supurr king size cat hammock, so if mew make a small one then obviously mew'll use less pom poms, glue and timber etc...

Optional cat/s fur snoopervising and general assistance

Are mew ready?

We'll start with the supurr easy bit

Furst, we'd suggest than mew sort the pom poms out, keeping the colours separate. Luckily we had a few spare baskets this week, absolutely purrfect timing as they ended up as pom pom sorters.

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Next get your fabric, cut it to size and give it a quick iron, then place it on a flat surface.

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Now we're hot gluing straight onto the fabric, so if mew luffs your table purrlease protect it as the glue will soak through and possibly ruin the finish.  Our table is purely fur crafting/sewing/painting etc... so we just give it a good clean between projects.

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Ok, get your glue gun ready, oh and do make sure mew have plenty of glue sticks.

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We ran out at this point and the P.A. had to do a quick re-order! MOL 

Thank Cod for Amazon Prime...

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And voila approximately 800 pom poms later [MOL!] and we're ready to move onto the frame. I did have to come and snoopervise the P.A. at this point and do my 'quality control check' for loose pom poms, and yes, they're all firmly stuck in place.

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Making The Frame

I do suggest mew familiarize yourself with the wood mew are going to be using, I do take my wurk furry seriously so this step did take quite a while.
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Furst mew need 8 cut lengths the same size and 4 spacers.
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Check that mew are putting it together squarely, I had to intervene at this point with my purrtractor just to check! MOL  Aftur rigorous checking, the second one was made.
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Place the spacers on the corners, then put the second square on top and screw together.  So mew have something like this below.  We suggest that mew pre-drill the screw holes, as this makes it so much easier.
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So now your frame is complete, mew can either leave it au natural or mew can paint it.  We used gloss paint.
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Putting it all together!

Now comes the really fun part, putting the hammock onto the frame. Now mew'll notice here that the pom poms don't go all the way to the edge of the frame, well there's method in our madness which will be revealed in a moment.

So now mew need to place the pom pom hammock onto the frame and get a gentle fall happening towards the middle of the frame. Staple one side, then the opposite side furst, then repeat on the two remaining sides. Slowly wurk your away around the entire frame until it looks like the bottom right picture. Trim off any excess fabric, so mew have a nice clean edge.  Take the remainder of your pom poms and finish gluing them right up to the edge of the frame, so mew have a purrfect edge. Finally mew can use a wide ribbon or upholstery trim to cover the staples. We opted fur a nice wide blue grosgrain ribbon and glued it on as at the final hurdle the P.A. couldn't find her upholstery pins/tacks.

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And finally, mew should have something like this ~ isn't it epically epic or what!?
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So what was The B Teams verdict?

Well actually we luffs it, Amber got furst dibs when it was in the lounge.  Pandora and Fudge were circling like sharks as she got her boose comfy.
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Then it was moved into its final position upstairs in the new office under the corner desk, where Smoochie promptly got himself, his catnip nana and Mr Ratty installed post haste! MOL

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It was made in 2017, and still is a in 2021 a total hit at BBHQ, right now it's in the bedroom and Parsley loves it there.

If there's anything mew'd like us to make, leave a comment and we'll do our best, and don't furget that mew can now purrchase epically cool stuff for cats made by us, at our new Kwerky Kat Boutique at Etsy.

We'll be back on Wednesday with a spot of Gardening with Cats, so get your gardening gloves ready and let's get dirty! MOL

Epic crafty purrs

Wing Commander Basil & The B Team

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  1. That is really beautiful, not to mention totally amazing!

  2. Am a total fan of all of that colour!

  3. Wow, I really like that ! I love designs with lots of color!

  4. How cool is that!! Epic as you would say!!
    Pipo and Minko might have tried to remove the pom poms, as they had loose ones, albeit larger, that they loved to bat around and sing to when they carried them:)

  5. It looks lovely, a hammock to be proud of.

  6. That was a lot of work, but ever so worth it. You have a wonderful hammock to nap and lounge on.

    Have a purrfect day and week. Scritches all around and my best to your mom. ♥

  7. Nice to see Amber. That is epic! I love it, but I could never glue all those pom poms on-every time I use a glue gun, I get a burn. XO

  8. Wow! Mom Paula says she loves us but she doesn't believe her arthritic hands and aging eyes would allow her to make this for us. We love it!!!

  9. Oooo that looks so comfy. Dad make one for the family alright! I bet it is as soft as my cloud!


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