Thursday 14 December 2023

**CATMAS CRAFTING RERUN** Crafting With Cats ~ Catmas Special Part 1~ Make Your Furry Own Purrsonalised Catmas Stocking **AND** How To Make A Bahumbug Burlap Cat Tree Decoration ~ Level Easy Peasy

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Supurr Greetings Pawesome Pals

Thanks for joining us for a rerun of our Catmas Special Crafting with Cats segment. Mew know we have so much fun making all these fabulous things for feline enrichment and also just for fun, and we do hope mew enjoy seeing it and/or making it too!

We really like the idea of a handmade Catmas [Christmas to the normal folk out there!], and we've been making lots of things over the last few months as our old decorations are getting a bit tired after 20+ years, and in all honesty, we don't like what's available in the stores; plastic, plastic and more plastic, so this year we decided to go another route, and so here we are with a more natural approach.

All of our previous CWC posts are on the Crafting with Cats Page, 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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**A quick note before we begin**

All Crafting with Cats ideas and creations are of our own design, and we share them for purrsonal/home use only.

  So purrlease do not copy for commercial/resale purrposes.

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This time we're making a pawesome easy peasy 

Crafting with Cats Catmas Special ©BionicBasil®  Purrsonalised Catmas Stocking

Ready fur Santa Paws to stuff full of goodies just fur mew!

What Mew Will Need:

Mini pom poms

Faux fur 

Burlap/hessian or a fabric of your choice


Red and white twine or a colour of your choice

needles/thread/scissors/glue gun, or regular fabric glue

optional sewing machine


Optional Cat ~ Smooch was today's Craft Room Snoopervisor

Basil's Catmas Stocking - Crafting with Cats ©BionicBasil® Smooch Craft Room Snoopervisor

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Let's Get Started

How to make Basil's Catmas Stocking - Crafting with Cats ©BionicBasil®

1.  Choose your fabrics and trims - get your supplies together

2. Make a simple boot/stocking shape template, ours is A4 sized

3.  Cut out 2 pieces

4.  Take your pom poms and make initial of your choice - glue in place onto one piece - use a piece of card so mew don't accidentally glue it to your table top

How to make Basil's Catmas Stocking - Crafting with Cats ©BionicBasil®

5.  Once dry - stitch both pieces together - right sides out - a basic zigzag stitch will be fine or hand-stitching will also be ok

6.  Take your faux fur trim and cut to size - ours was approx 5" or 13 cm deep and just over 2 times the width of the top of the stocking

7.  Make sure the nap [direction of the pile] on the fabric is correct - in this case, facing downwards - test this before you sew in place

8. Sew faux fur approx 1.5" or  4 cm from the top of the stocking

How to make Basil's Catmas Stocking - Crafting with Cats ©BionicBasil®

9.  Fold faux fur into the top of the stocking, so it looks like this and hand-stitch in place; a simple running stitch will suffice

10.  & 11. Next, take your twine and a large needle, and sew in a stitch of your choice around the stocking edge, ours is just a basic stitch

12. Finally, take a loop of ribbon and attach it to the inside of the stocking, and mew should now have something that looks like this

Isn't it furbulous, and we made a few more so no-pawdy feels left out! MOL

Crafting with Cats Catmas Special - Part 1  ©BionicBasil® Catmas Stockings

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Next, we're making 

Crafting with Cats Catmas Special - Part 2 ©BionicBasil® The Bahumbug Burlap Cat Tree Decoration

What Mew Will Need:

Burlap/Hessian or a fabric of your choice


wool or embroidery thread

mini pom poms

black felt

large needle or darning needle

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Let's Get Started!

Crafting with Cats Catmas Special - Part 2 ©BionicBasil® How To Make A Bahumbug Burlap Cat Tree Decoration

1.  We love burlap! MOL

2.  Fold A4 paper in half and draw your template ours is approx 3.5" wide x 2.5" high or 9 cm x 6 cm
[if mew have a tub of Whiskas cat treats - mew could use the lid as your template].

3. & 4.  Cut out and place on fabric.

Crafting with Cats Catmas Special - Part 2 ©BionicBasil® How To Make A Bahumbug Burlap Cat Tree Decoration

5. & 6.  Pin to the fabric while mew cut; as tailors chalk doesn't show up very well, so it's easier to pin the template and cut around it. Cut 2 pieces.

7.   Place both pieces together, take your wool and a large needle. Sew around the edges in a stitch of your choosing.

8.  Leave a gap and stuff to your desired level with wadding.

Crafting with Cats Catmas Special - Part 2 ©BionicBasil® How To Make A Bahumbug Burlap Cat Tree Decoration

9.  Finish sewing and leave a loop of wool to hang your Burlap Cat.

10.  Glue on pom pom for the nose and stitch whiskers in place.

11. Cut out small triangles of black felt for the pupils and glue them to the white pom poms. Glue eyes onto cat, and mew should now have something that looks like this; a really cute but rather grumpy little face looking back at mew! MOL

Here's ours in the tree at BBHQ, and we've affectionately called it Amber! MOL MOL MOL

Crafting with Cats Catmas Special - Part 2 ©BionicBasil® The Bahumbug Burlap Cat In The Tree

A very Bahumbug Catmas indeed! 

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And that furiends, furry sadly brings us to the end of our first crafting reruns post, we do hope mew liked it and if we decide to make your furry own Catmas Stockings or Bahumbug Burlap Cat we'd love to see, so feel free to post your pawesome crafty pics on our Facebook page at:

Amber will be here tomorrow with a brand new book review, and we do hope we can join us then, and on Caturday we'll be sharing the Catmas Pudding Pouffe with Catnip accessories - OH MY COD!!!!

Until then

Keep calm and craft on...

Wing Commander Basil & The B Team

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  1. The stockings and the kitty are all adorable! Thanks for joining Angel Brian's Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

  2. All natural and all very kitty like. That's what we like. Homemade is always the best and full of memories, especially if the kitties are there to put in a paws worth of work.

  3. Pawsome I might try the 2nd one and hopefully no glue or cat hair 😺😻

  4. Great stocking and ornament. XO

  5. Those would be so much fun to make and they look really cute too! Cool!

  6. So cute. What a great job. You're so talented.

    Thank you for joining the Wordless Wednesday Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous day and weekend. Scritches to all the kitties and a hug to mom. ♥


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