Today I’ve got a very special treat for all of you out there in the form an amazing guest post! RaChil from The Cwafty Blog is amazingly talented and super crafty AND a big fan of Dream a Little Bigger. So a guest post here just seemed like a super awesome way to get this Thursday going! It’s so lovely to have another “crafty cat lady” here to show you some DIY that your little furry ones (pups, too!) will really enjoy. Without any further ado, I’d like to introduce you to my blogging buddy and rising crafty star,RaChil…
Hello everybody! My name is RaChil, usually I blog over at The Cwafty Blog. Today I’m so excited to be posting at Dream a Little Bigger and getting to fill Allison’s adorable DIY shoes, though! What an honor it is to get to post on one of my favorite blogs.
Besides crafting, and being generally awesome, Allison and I both love our furbabies. (Allison’s cat pictures were what originally drew me to her blog.) When I read that Allison was looking for guest posters, I immediately had this idea and contacted her. She seemed enthusiastic and I dove in. The results of my inspiration are below.
Now that we got all of those introductions out of the way lets get on to the fun part, making the project!
- Old Sweater to recycle (Or a blanket or a robe or any fabric your cat really loves)
- Basket (Big enough for your pet to fit comfortably)
- Spraypaint (Main color)
- Acrylic Paint (Secondary color)
- PaintbrushNot Pictured:
- Clear Coat Spray Paint (Optional)
Before I even start the project, Sooty can sense this is a present for him. He has officially taken over the basket so I am forced to start with the cushion first.
But I couldn’t move him, look at that face! That is a face of pure kitty joy at receiving a new basket.
Step 1: Lets disassemble this sweater! Begin by cutting off the waistband if there is one.
Next cut off both sleeves at their seams.
This is what you should be left with.
Step 2: Now place your basket on top of your sweater and cut an inch around the whole thing.
Roughly how pieces for a a similar rectangle bottomed basket would look.
Turn the pieces inside out and pin together.
Step 3: Sew around all 4 sides of the cushion with a 1/2 in. inseam. Stop before you sew it completely shut.
Make sure you leave a two inch hole in the seam to turn the cushion inside out with. Go ahead and turn it out!
Step 4: Next stuff your cushion full to desired fluffiness. I had Marble come over and inspect it for kitty approval.
When its all stuffed go ahead and close it with some a simple ladder stitch, or any other hand sewing stitch.
Now that Sooty and Marble finally left the basket alone I can give it a facelift. I really wanted to thrift a basket for this project but had 0% luck finding any. I did happen to go to Michaels and find this one on sale for half off though, and I snatched it up! Now it’s a beautiful basket, and apparently hand constructed, but I am just not a pink gal, or a brown/neutrals one either. I needed bright color so I picked out the tiny aqua blue squares from the sweater and matched the color.
Step 5: Anyway, you’ll want to give your whole basket (well except the bottom, who’s gonna see?) a basic coat first and then let it dry. I used 6-7 thin coats.
I used Krylon Color in Seaglass. Krylon is my favorite spray paint because it dries quickly(10 minutes), they’ve got a great color selection, and they have a precision tip for spraying at all angles which was super useful with this project full or nooks and crannies to get into.
Step 6: My basket had an obvious design built in, the pink rope. So I used a spare bottle of fabric paint to make the rope contrast again. I painted everything that had previously been pink, black.
If I hadn’t gotten this particular basket, I probably would have gone with a diamond pattern to match the sweater or something. I think polka dots would look good as well, or even stripes!
Step 7: (Not pictured, just like its supply whoops!) Give your basket a top coat of clear spray paint just to finish it off. Let dry and air out overnight and the next day you can add the cushion, then present your kitties with their newly finished bed!
I think it came out great, beautiful and functional, my kind of DIY!
Sooty looks so satisfied here. Even though he’s the only one you see in the pictures, I assure you my other cat, Marble, loves the bed too; she was just not feeling very photogenic this week. My room mates brought home an extremely adorable kitten and her chi is all out of whack.
I hope you guys can find inspiration in my tutorial and enjoy making your pets cute and cozy places to sleep, for cheep! I plan on making a second one with an old robe the kitties love to make biscuits on.
I’d like to thank Allison for lending me her shoes today, and for being so helpful and encouraging during the process! Thank you also reader for checking out my post. I’d be ever so grateful if you would come visit me over at The Cwafty Blog sometime!
I have more recycling projects like my Little Black Dress to Long Black Glove Refashion , and my Recycled Flower Vase. If you like art journaling/exploring/Adventure Time, or any combination of the three, you’ll enjoy my ongoing series Art Adventure Time. Or if you enjoy reading, I’ve got some great book inspired tutorials, like my Madd Hatter Coffee Cup. Hope to see you soon!
Thanks for guesting and sharing your fab cat basket DIY at DALB! What an epic kitty filled post just perfect for this blog :)
And how about a round of applause for the lovely Miss RaChil! If you haven’t hopped on over to her very own craft site, The Cwafty Blog do that now and check out all of the DIY goodness she has to share with you!