My kitties, like most kitties, have a weakness for jingle toys stuffed with catnip. My Moonunit likes to carry them around the house in her mouth while yowling loudly! And Prince likes to fling them against the ceiling as hard as he can! Every once in a while I make them handmade toys, which usually turn out to be their favorites! (The key is super fresh catnip, I use SmartyKat organic catnip.)
I decided this month they needed a jingle fish with cute little scales. I decided your kitties needed one too so I made a little pattern and tutorial for you to follow. Do it. Your cats want you to.
Felt, 2 colors
2 Snap in Safety Eyes
I zipped this guy through the sewing machine just to save time but I usually hand stitch them which is more time consuming but more fun, (in my opinion.)
First you'll want to print and cut out your pattern. Then grab your felt and fold each piece in half because you'll be cutting two of each pattern piece for each side of your fish toy.
Pin your pattern pieces to your felt and cut. Make sure to use sharp scissors to really define your scalloped scales.
All cut out! You should have two of each piece.
Pin your scales to your fishes, front, middle and back.
Then zip them through the sewing machine or hand sew your scales onto your fishes.
At this point I sewed some decorative fish tail markings on both sides of my fishy, this is completely optional.
First, I sewed Only the top seam across the fish. I then used a seam ripper to rip a TINY hole in each side for the snap in eyes to fit, don't make a big hole or your eyes will pop out which is dangerous for your babies! I sewed the top seam Only at first because it would be super difficult to machine sew so close to the metal safety snaps after they were inserted. (You can always make felt eyes if this is a big concern for you.) Stuff your cat toy with fluff (don't forget to stuff in a little catnip and a jingle bell)
Then sew around the entire outside edge and trim closely.
I couldn't resist sewing a blanket stitch around the outside edge of my fish once he was done. I think he turned out pretty cute.
Fortunately it doesn't matter how cute it is because your kitties will tear it up anyway!
Here's the printable pattern if you're interested in making some jingle fishies for your kitty cats.
(The pattern should take up half a sheet of 8x11.5" printer paper so make sure you have the orientation correct before printing, mine worked best on the "Shrink to Fit" setting.)
My kitties love the heck out of these guys! Prince cat prefers the big, felt toys he can throw against the ceiling and Moon really prefers the knitted ones made out of natural fibers so she can pretend that she's hunting game in the wild. Hehe.
Thanks for reading! Let me know if you give this pattern a try!
Things have been crazy lately! I've been super busy with Holiday prep and crafting and planting new plants and working on my Super Secret Christmas Project. I thought I'd share a quick round up of some of the adventures, and of course, the recipes, I've been working on this last week.
I'm still knitting on my Slanket, I haven't had time for other crafts lately, this thing is time consuming.
I got some new plant friends from Succulent Treasures on Etsy. One is a Panda Plant and the other is a Zebra Aloe Vera. I love them both! I hope I can keep them alive, I have a notorious black thumb.
I've been doing 30 Days of Yoga with Adriene again on YouTube, I figured I should get some extra exercise in my days what with all these foody Holidays coming up. I would definitely recommend her workout videos, she's funny and smart and the routines are challenging without being frustrating.
In food adventures last week, I did lots of prep work for Friendsgiving, I baked delicious Peanut Butter Blossoms,
I also made Cranberry Sauce from scratch.
Unfortunately that's where the food pictures end, I got too busy eating and serving food to photograph during the Friendsgiving Feast. But I did make Veggie Meatloaf and Mashed Potatoes and Vegetarian Gravy (I tried to make Crock Pot Mashed Potatoes but they took too long to cook so we ended up with the re-hydrated kind. They were still delicious.)
My guests brought tasty chips and dips and some Veggies that we got too busy to actually cook! We watched Dutch and Planes, Trains and Automobiles and sat around with tasty mugs of Peppermint Tea and crocheted and made hand Turkeys from construction paper. I ended up crocheting Perchik a cute little Wool Christmas Sweater so he doesn't get chilly during the cold Fall nights.
Alex and I (naively) tried to have Jess take some photos of us for our annual Christmas Card this year but to no avail. For some reason our otherwise cute and cuddly kitty cats would not sit still for a Holiday photo shoot! We did not end up getting a card worthy pic but we did get some lovely outtakes.
What a monster kitty! Both the kitties were total cranky pants cats the whole time we had friends over. After the guests left the muffins morphed back into sweet Angel cats and all was right with the world.
Moonunit begging for some midnight snuggles.
Prince, exhausted from all the hubbub!
All in all we had a successful week and a successful Friendsgiving. We will be celebrating a simple Thanksgiving just the two of us on Thursday with Slow Cooker Corn and Red Pepper Chowder, Bread Machine Bread Bowls, Deviled Eggs and Nantucket Cranberry Pie. We'll be tuning in to the MST3K Thanksgiving marathon and hopefully getting up early enough to catch the end of the Macy's Day Parade.
I hope you're having a relaxing Holiday week and are getting some time off to enjoy all the tasty food and friends and family time that you can handle!
Don't forget to get some exercise! haha!
-Thanks for dropping by!
My big sister needed some new curtains whipped up for her super 60's themed basement she's been working on. I came up with a simple pattern for her four tiny windows (16.5"x34" windows to be exact.) It's quick and easy and doesn't use very much fabric at all! Traditional Valance patterns call for using double the amount of fabric width for the width of your window to create a more pronounced ruffle; ex. 30" wide window, 60" wide fabric, but this is my simple (cheap) version which uses as little fabric as possible so these are a bit smaller.
Jeanne picked out these wonderful cotton retro print fabrics for her new curtains. Her windows are small, standard basement windows; approximately 16.5"x34" so I created a pattern to match using 1&1/3 yards of each fabric for 4 small curtains.
Here are the Turquoise and Orange panels. You can find this fabric here.
And here are the light Aqua Kitty Cat panels. You can find this fabric here.
Didn't they just turn out precious! She has 4 windows in her basement and each one will be getting a little, retro valance!
If you also have tiny windows that need new curtains, here's how I made these guys
First of all you'll need to wash and dry your fabric to ensure it doesn't shrink on you after you've done all that time consuming sewing. Iron it so it's all perfectly flat and beautiful then cut out your pieces. Mine were four 44"x24" rectangles. This is the pattern that I put together so I could make the most of my fabric.
Whew! Got it? Here's a JPG of my little pattern if this is helpful to you.
I wish I had a picture of how they look in their new home!
I do like how they turned out, if I had to make them again I think I would buy a little more fabric and make the curtains wider, even if they ended up having a center seam. I think these turned out a little flat and could use to be more scrunchy.
I searched around on Pinterest to get some ideas for how to make a set of tiny, basement curtains and had no luck! I hope this diagram is helpful for anyone needing to cover up little windows, be it a tiny, over the sink window, RV windows or teeny basement windows!
Thanks for reading!
Every kitty needs a place to snuggle and hide all their toys!
Prince was particularly upset when this bed got shipped out. He had grown quite fond of it. His purple crocheted bed was actually supposed to go to my sister but by the time I found a box big enough to ship it in he had done considerable damage to it already. Bad little muffin.
This is the first pattern I've written, so let me know if you give it a try and if there are any issues! It displays my fine skills with MS Paint so if nothing else, check it out for the illustrations. ( ; Tag me on Instagram @ashweather_fibre_arts if you make one! I'd love to see your kitty enjoying his or her new nest!
Downloadable pattern available HERE ↓
I'll be mentioning them often so you should be formally introduced!
This precious princess is Moonunit, the blog and my Etsy store's namesake.
This ridiculous beast is The Artist Formerly Known as Prince.
These guys are my constant companions and help me with every single thing I do, all day (and night) long.
I got little baby Moonunit when I first started out on my own. she's been my bff for eleven years! She has always had some attitude issues and has, for years, let all of my friends and family know that she merely tolerates their presence and wishes they would go away. She's very suspicious of all people who aren't me, including my boyfriend, whom she has known for almost her entire life. Her favorite hobby is collecting socks and mittens and carrying them around the house in her mouth yowling. She is sneaky, and way too smart for her own good. She's essentially just a tiny, cranky little old lady.
She's sweet as pie with me, of course, treats me like gold. (;
This monster muffin is Prince. I got him in 2007 on a camping trip, there was a little girl with a box of kittens! How could I resist!? He is part Maine Coon which means he is a giant beastie, weighing in at around 20 pounds. He is a bundle of nerves! He generally acts like he's had one too many cups of coffee. He's aggressively friendly and needs lots of attention from every available person at all times. Lately he's decided that in addition to needing head bonks and scritches from Everyone, he also needs to yell until he gets them. Princes favorite hobby is tearing around the apartment like he's the star of an action movie. He's not the brightest crayon in the box but he is super duper loving and affectionate. And he loves belly pets, which is an added bonus.
These sweet, spoiled house cats may love us but they despise each other. Moonunit can't be trifled with by Princes enthusiasm. They often get into (lazy) fights and you'd be hard pressed to even find them sleeping on the same couch cushion. I like to think, deep down, that they enjoy each others company, I've even caught them snuggling once or twice in the middle of the night!
I'll likely be posting more kitty cat photos here and there, as they are my constant companions. There might even be a silly video or two in the future. Get pumped!
Thanks for stopping by to meet my silly kitties!
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