Saturday 22 July 2023

**NATIONAL CRAFTS FOR YOUR SHELTERS DAY** Crafting with Cats ~ How We Made Supurr Easy Catnip Cushions Using Fabric Scraps


Welcome to another 


It's Day Three of our Annual Craft Fest for National Crafting for Your Shelters Day, and today we're finishing with a brand new project.

If mew're thinking of making things for your local shelter, we have projects to suit all crafting levels and no-sew ideas too, for those who aren't into sewing or just don't like it! MOL

If mew missed our two previous posts here are the links:


Supurr Easy Catnip Cushions

Crafting with Cats - Crafting For Your Shelters 2023 ©BionicBasil® Fudge and The Catnip Cushions

Mew know how we like to upcycle, recycle and use stuff we already have to make new things, so everything we used today was already kicking about the craft room.

And if mew don't have any spare fabric or scraps, mew could always use an old item of cotton clothing that purrhaps mew were thinking of donating to a charity shop or clothing bank. Using old clothing to make new things is a great idea, especially if mew love the fabric.

What We Used:

Fabric Scraps

Wadding/Stuffing Scraps

Catnip (Homegrown organic)

Sewing machine


Iron + Ironing Board


Optional Craft Room Snoopervisor
Today Pandora was in charge of the craft room!

Crafting with Cats - Crafting For Your Shelters 2023 ©BionicBasil® Pandora, The Craft Room Snoopervisor

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Let's Begin

Crafting with Cats - Crafting For Your Shelters 2023 ©BionicBasil® Supurr Easy Catnip Cushion - 1-4

1. We used a couple of off-cuts from some fat quarters. (Approx 20" x 7" or 50 cm x 17.8 cm)

2. After pressing we laid them flat, to gauge how many cushions we could make.

3. Folding in half, we cut down the fold.

4. Fold again and we cut along the fold, so we had enough for 4 x cushions.

Crafting with Cats - Crafting For Your Shelters 2023 ©BionicBasil® Supurr Easy Catnip Cushion - 5-8

5. Pandora had to sign off on the sizes at this point! MOL 

6.  We decided to make our cushions with a different design on each side.

7. & 8. Pin the right sides together. And sew around the edge using a straight stitch. Remembering to leave a gap of approx 2" or 5 cm for the stuffing and catnip.

Crafting with Cats - Crafting For Your Shelters 2023 ©BionicBasil® Supurr Easy Catnip Cushion - 8-12

9. Mew can't really see, but these are all stitched.

10. & 11. Snip the corners off at an angle. And trim any excess fabric from the seam edge.

12. Turn right sides out and they should look like this after a quick press with the iron.

Crafting with Cats - Crafting For Your Shelters 2023 ©BionicBasil® Supurr Easy Catnip Cushion - 13-16

13. Next top stitch around the edge of the fabric, remember to leave the gap open.

14. & 15. & 16. Then take your wadding plus catnip and stuff your cushions. We used a wooden chopstick to push the wadding in the corners.

Crafting with Cats - Crafting For Your Shelters 2023 ©BionicBasil® Supurr Easy Catnip Cushion - 17-20

17. Once they are filled to your total catisfaction, they should look like this.

18. Next, top stitch the gap shut.

19. & 20. And now mew have 4 supurr epic catnip cushions which measure approx  5" x 6.5"  or 12.7 x 16.50 cm (depending on how big your seams are if mew used similar size fabrics scraps to us).

Let's See If The B Team Gave Them The Paw Print of Approval

And surprise, surprise, look who claimed them all! MOL

Crafting with Cats - Crafting For Your Shelters 2023 ©BionicBasil® Fudge Claimed The Catnip Cushions

Watch the video:

Direct link to watch on YouTube - Click Here.

Fudge took ownership of all the catnip cushions for the video, but Melvyn, Smooch and Parsley did get to try them out later!

They all said, "The catnip cushions were epically epic!"

Now we'll make some more and send them to a local cat shelter, well we can't send those as they've been slobbered on! MOL

And that furiends furry sadly brings us to the end of our mini craft-fest, we do hope mew enjoyed it and we'll be back tomorrow with our usual selfies post and new UK Travel destination, so we do hope you can join us, until then...

Keep calm and craft on

Epically crafty purrs

Wing Commander Basil & The B Team

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  1. Fudge, she can make more...take them all!

  2. Epic is right! Lynn used to buy me stuffed nippy toys and then had to open them and
    refill with fresh nippy. Now she'll just make me fresh from home toys. Precious

  3. THose are great! I think I can handle that level of sewing. XO

  4. OH gosh it makes me wish I had a sewing machine. I would love to do those for the shelter! Beautifully done. Pandora, My mom loves Torties...she always had one till I broke the streak.

  5. Those are really beautiful and look like lots of fun for the kitties. What a great use of clothes we no longer wear, with fabric we still like!

  6. WOW, those sure look like wonderful pillows!

  7. so epic! the pillow can be good like that, I will try it at home later.

  8. Amazing, loved watching video.x😻🐈‍⬛🐾


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