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Are you owned by a cat or two? I am, two of them. And they are both rescue cats. Lionel, my oldest lived in the neighborhood. His owner said I could have him since they were moving. Bailey was intended to be a foster cat but how could I give her up? I feed them 9Lives® cat food. You know Morris the cat is their advertising icon and I know he approves because he is an advocate of recusing kitties. To show them how special they are to me I created two easy sewing projects for your cat. It celebrates my love for them.
And speaking of the love of cats and who celebrates and champions them is 9Lives Cat Food and their spokescat, Morris. I think Morris was one of the first famous cats I was aware of. I would stop and watch the commercials. And I have loved him ever since. Can you believe he is celebrating his 50th Adopt-i-versary! Morris is considered the Clark Gable of cats. He is so charming and personable. Of course, 9Lives is a brand of cat food I feed my cats. And have for years. It is available at all Dollar General Stores which happens to be convenient to pop in and stock up. I also love the fact that Morris has a program called Morris’ Million Cat Rescue for those cats who aren’t as fortunate as yours and mine are. I am a big believer in cat rescue, just like Morris is.
Bailey and Lionel enjoy the wet food. What do your kitties like? 9Lives is offering a coupon for the wet food and I expect your cats will gobble it down like Bailey and Lionel do. In their own kitty way, they say it is delicious. The way they devour the food tells me it is tasty and nutritious. 9Lives is serious when it comes to the health and happiness of all cats. And you can’t beat the variety of flavors. You know cats don’t want the same flavor day after day.
So let me get down to business and show you what I sewed for Bailey and Lionel. Although you know they don’t know the toy is Bailey’s and the bed is for Lionel.
I have been thinking about making Bailey a special toy for quite a while. Turning to my huge selection of upholstery samples I knew I would find a pattern I liked. I used the sample of the fish as inspiration on another project and decided this would be an adorable toy. Before starting a sewing project I like to wash the fabric first.
Find a motif you love and cut it out. Use matching fabric for the back. I like the fish and decided to also make it as a fishing pole toy.
Don’t do what I did and forget to sew the ribbons on before sewing around the edge. Get ribbons that match the colors in the fish. I cut 2 each of yellow, red and black. I also cut a long piece of the red. Use stitch witchery and iron the ribbon in place. This way it won’t move as you sew around the fish.
Sew a straight stitch around the edge, making sure to leave enough room for the stuffing. I added dry catnip to make it more enticing for them.
Ater stuffing the toy, sew around the edge with a contrasting thread, using a zig-zag stitch. Trim off the excess fabric. Now, a word of warning; you may need to go around it multiple times. I say that because the next day I noticed it was torn up a bit. Somebody was playing with it while I was sleeping and got rambunctious. I sewed around it a couple more times.
To make the fishing pole, buy a dowel. Mine is 3/8. Use a nail and hammer to tap a pilot hole at one end. Screw a ½ inch screw eye in the pilot hole. Tie the long ribbon to it.
Watch the cats have FUN.
Buy the softest fabric you can find. I am not providing exact measurements but I got a half yard of Sherpa. A little material was cut off to make it about 19” x 48”.
Cut a piece of batting half of the size. My piece is 19” x 24”. Sew it to one side of the bed. I felt it would give it more stability and keep the shape better.
Right sides together, sew along both of the side edges. Do a 1/2 inch seam. The final size is about 18″ x 23″. Clip the corners and turn right side out.
Sew the open edge together. The kitty bed is done!
Good food in their tummies from Dollar General, toys to play with and a soft bed to nap on is what Morris wishes every cat had. So do I. My cats have a good life because they have all that. And they appreciate it because they remember their time on the street, just like Morris does. Two easy sewing projects for your cat are fun to make. So will you be spoiling your cat by making a toy and a bed? I expect Morris approves of spoiling our cats, don’t you? His goal is for every cat is to have a comfortable home and that includes feeding them a great tasting and nutritious food, 9Lives.