Cats are a big part of our life, so it’s only right they should get some presents.
This year I am making sleeping pads, like braided rugs, for Auntie Katie’s cats, Hopey and Maggie.
I have never made one before, but a cat-sized project is good place to learn. I found a good do it yourself video on Megan Nielsen’s youtube channel. It seemed like a good using-up-the-scraps project, too.
I cut a pile of Cotton polyester blend scraps into 1 inch strips, but tee shirt fabric works well, too. On my first try, I combined long and short strips, and quickly realized this made for a very bumpy braid.
So I undid the 7 feet I had done (about half an hour’s work) and cut more, longer strips.
I tied it around the back of a heavy chair so I could adjust it easily.
Then it got really long, really fast. I kept trying to guess when it would be long enough for a cat to sleep on, and finally realized I should just machine zigzag it together like Megan shows in her video, and see how big it got.
Once I started sewing, it was fiddley and tricky making sure the rug stayed flat and that the zigzag stitch caught both the rug and the new coil as it was added, but after not very long, I had a 12 inch diameter circle.
Measuring our own dear Mouse, I decided to make the rug 15 inches in diameter so the cats would have lots of room. This took more strips, and took a braid about 10 yards long in all. Adding the extra braid was interesting but not difficult.
And when it was big enough, I finished by tucking the end under and continuing the zigzag stitch.
I had a few gaps where the zigzag had missed, so I hand-stitched them up. And when it was all done, Mouse got curious…
I am so happy with the way it turned out, I may make one for Mouse. She would look sweet napping in front of the fire, like a real Pioneer cat.