Monday 22 January 2024

**VALENTINE'S CRAFTING RE-RUN**PART I** Crafting With Cats Valentine's Special ~ How We Made A Valentine's Heart Crinkle Mat

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Supurr Furbulous Greetings Pawesome Pals

Thanks for joining us for our supurr fun Crafting with Cats re-run. Today, we thought we'd get a head-start on the Valentine's Crafting, as the big day is only three weeks away, so if mew want to make anything we share over the next couple of weeks, mew should have plenty of time! 

Stay tuned for more epically epic crafty fun!

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 a pawesome 

What We Used:

Fabric of your choosing, ours is red
Lining fabric
Plastic shopping bags ~ yes we're doing our bit and recycling

Sewing machine

scissors - cotton - pins - needle - tailor's chalk or similar - ruler

Optional Cat ~ Smooch was today's Snoopervisor

First, we suggest measuring one of your kitties to see how big your fabric needs to be, as not all kitties are the same size.

Take your fabric and give it a quick iron.

Fold it in half and draw half a heart shape directly on the fabric with your tailors chalk, so your heart is symmetrical when mew open the cut fabric out. It's so much easier than trying to draw a complete heart on the fabric.

Cut out your heart.

Cut out two pieces of lining fabric and one piece of your padding using your furst heart as a template.

Take your plastic bags and see how many mew need to fill the size of your heart.
We used 5.
Optional kitty for testing if there's enough rustle! MOL

Pin your padding between your main fabric and one piece of lining fabric, pin together and sew around the edge.  We used a zigzag stitch.

Your heart should now look like this.

Take your ruler and tailor's chalk, then mark your quilting lines.

Mew don't have to do this, but we think it looks really nice.

Sew along your quilting lines. We sewed larger squares as it looked better, and your heart should look something like this. Use a piece of fabric off-cut to rub any tailors chalk off the heart - it should come off furry easily.

Next, take your quilted heart and place it and your second piece of lining fabric 'right-sides together' pin and sew all the way around the edge with a straight stitch leaving about half an inch / 1cm seam width.  Leave about a 5" or 13cm gap so mew can turn it the right way out and stuff the bags inside.

Position the bags inside the heart so they aren't lumpy or bunched up together, then hand stitch the remaining seam closed.

And mew should have something that looks like this:

It took approximately 90 minutes to make from start to finish, as we always make it up as we go along. We have an idea of what we want to make, and then we just dive right in. So we think it shouldn't take more than an hour to make with our instructions!

And here's Smooch testing it, watch for Pandora's total eclipse! MOL

All in all, each of The B Team has had a try, and give it all paws up!

In fact, Fudge, much to Smooch's chagrin, got himself on it and then refused to move! MOL

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And that furiends furry sadly brings us to the end of the first Valentine's Crafting With Cats post, we do hope mew liked it and feel free to post your pawesome crafty pics and ideas on our Facebook page at:

And if there's anything mew'd like us to make, leave a comment and we'll do our best.  

We'll be back on the morrow with Chapter Twleve in our epic adventure, Claws of Terror, and if mew missed Chapter Eleven, click here.

Epic crafty purrs

Wing Commander Basil & The B Team

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  1. That's a really beautiful Valentines mat! Thanks for joining Angel Brian's Thankful Thursday Blog Hop!

  2. We love that Valentine's Day mat, dear pals. And we can see that both Smooch and Fudge adore it, too! XO

  3. Others might make such a thing in an hour, I couldn't do it in a lifetime. My hat is off to your skill!

  4. That is a lovely Valentine's mat, and Smooch gave it a good work out. That was an epic photobomb, Pandora!

  5. Purrfect fur Valentines! We luv this design and can feel and hear it fur-om here! Precious

  6. You're so talented. I love Valentine's Day.

    Have a purrfect day and week. Scritches all around and a big hug to mom. ♥

  7. THAT is the best looking Valentines Heart for a kitty baby I have ever seen! Truly. I love it.

  8. That is so cute! Just love that nice cushy quilted effect!


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