DIY: Add a Kitten Pocket with Polish Remover and Sharpies

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This month’s DIY Challenge theme is Cats, so send in all your favorite kitty projects for the round-up at the end of the month. Visit the challenge page for more information, and use the handy-dandy form to upload your project photos. We can’t wait to see what you’ve made!

I like to “joke” that I have a kitten biological clock. Every couple of years I start thinking about how much fun kittens are, and how cute, and how nice it would be to have the pitter patter of little feet.

Dangerous.

To nip this in the bud this year, I’ve signed up for some future fostering, and came up with this little kitten pocket to bridge the gap. It’s based on a picture of Wee Cooper (our last kitten) and I thought I would share it so you can all have a kitten pocket of your very own.

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Supplies

  • Cotton Tote that kneads needs a kitten. It’s important to use cotton or another natural material because acetone can eat through a lot of synthetic materials.
  • 100% Acetone finger nail polish remover.
  • Cotton pads, balls, or rags.
  • Bone folder or similar tool for burnishing
  • Masking Tape
  • Sharpie Markers – Black and Silver
  • This kitten template* printed with a laser printer or copier. Use the reversed image on the right for transferring.

Step One: Printing and Prepping Your Template

Use a Laser Printer or Copier to print the Kitten Template* on a normal sheet of paper. Black and white is fine. It’s important to use a printer or copier that has TONER instead of ink. The transfer process with move some of that toner onto the fabric. If you try it with ink you’ll end up with a mess!

If you don’t have access to a toner-based printer or copier, or this process doesn’t work for some other reason, never fear! You can use a light table to trace the kitten on your bag, or use transfer paper to apply the design. You can see examples of those processes here and here.

After you have printed your page, cut out the cat and pocket on the right, leaving a large border.

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Step Two: Layout Your Design

Decide where you want to put your kitten, and tape it firmly face down on your bag. Make sure everything is as straight and tight as you can make it.

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Step Three: Blot and Burnish

Saturate a cotton pad with acetone, and press it into the paper. You will start to see the design through the paper. Saturate a small portion of the design with acetone, then switch to burnishing with your bone folder. Rub the side of the bone folder on the paper to press it firmly down into the fabric. Repeat on small sections of the design, then go back over each portion one or two times, adding more acetone and pressure.

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If you can, peak to make sure that you have transferred the kitten. If not, you may want to repeat the process with more acetone and more pressure. If you see the design, move to the next step!

If you don’t see anything at all, there’s a chance your printer won’t work for this process. Don’t fear! You can use a light table to trace the kitten on your bag, or use transfer paper to apply the design. You can see examples of those processes here and here.

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Step Four: Fill it in

If you used a smooth material and have a good transfer you could skip this step altogether– it’s up to you. If you’d like, use a black Sharpie to darken in the design. You can use the left side of the template as a reference for portions you can’t see as well on the transfer.

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When you have the kitten filled in, use a silver Sharpie to add in the whiskers. It will show up on the black of the kitten and on the light bag as well!

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When you’re done let it dry for a couple of minutes, pile all your stuff in it, and take a kitten everywhere you go.

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Purrfect.

 

 

 

*Kitten template includes an original illustration by Alison Lang. We’re happy to share files for personal and educational purposes, but please don’t use it for anything else without our permission. Thanks!

RECIPE: Crunchy Tuna Cat Treats

RECIPE: Crunchy Tuna Cat Treats #catlover

I will admit I’m a bit of a crazy cat lady. There’s just something about those moody, independent fur-balls that I can’t seem to get enough of. That’s why I decided to whip up some homemade cat treats for my favorite felines, Simba (the fat orange tabby) and Dinah (the tiny brown tabby).

RECIPE: Crunchy Tuna Cat Treats #catlover

After the treats cooled from the oven, Simba graciously volunteered to pose for the camera while doing the all-important taste-test. Dinah is much more camera shy, so you’ll just have to settle for Simba’s two paws up review!

First things first, you’ll want to make oat flour. You can do this by simply grinding old-fashioned oats in a clean coffee grinder until transformed into a light powder.

Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment and set aside.

RECIPE: Crunchy Tuna Cat Treats #catlover

Combine all ingredients in a food processer with the blade attachment. Blend until mixture is smooth.

RECIPE: Crunchy Tuna Cat Treats #catlover

Roll into small ½ teaspoon balls and place onto the parchment. Press a finger each ball to flatten slightly.

Bake for 10-12 minutes until they are slightly browned. Cool completely before surprising your kitty with a treat made just for them!

RECIPE: Crunchy Tuna Cat Treats #catlover

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Serves: Approx. 3 Dozen
Ingredients
  • 1 (5 oz) can tuna in water, drained
  • ½ cup oat flour*
  • ½ cup whole wheat flour
  • 1 egg
  • 1 tablespoon olive oil
  • 1 heaping tablespoon catnip
Instructions
  1. *To make your own oat flour, simply grind old-fashioned oats in a clean coffee grinder until transformed into a light powder.
  2. Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Line a baking sheet with parchment and set aside.
  3. Combine all ingredients in a food processer with the blade attachment. Blend until mixture is smooth.
  4. Roll into small ½ teaspoon balls and place onto the parchment. Press a finger each ball to flatten slightly.
  5. Bake for 10-12 minutes until they are slightly browned. Cool completely before surprising your kitty with a treat made just for them!

RECIPE: Crunchy Tuna Cat Treats #catlover

CRAFTY COMIC #2: Halloween Cats + GIVEAWAY WINNER!

Every year for Halloween I daydream about dressing my cats up in costumes. I know they’d HATE it, so instead I decided to draw up my favorites for this issue of Crafty Comic (#2)! Which one is your favorite?

Halloween Cats #comic #illustration #catlover

Also, check Crafty Comic #1

The Giveaway Winner

Thank you to everyone who participated in the October giveaway. We loved hearing about your favorite fall traditions.

Now without further ado, the winner is…. RACHEL KNIGHT!! Congrats Rachel!

DIY: 10 Cat Craft Projects

Alison and I are both cat lovers. After making my own Cat Nap Eye Pillows, I’ve been on the lookout for new cat-themed DIY projects to try. Here are 10 of my favorites that I found around the web. Meow!

DIY: 10 Cat Craft Projects

1. DIY Cat Purse by Lucille Michieli
2. DIY Embroidered Cat Sweater by Kittenhood
3. DIY Cat Toe Shoes by Scathingly Brilliant
4. Cat Pumpkins by AllYou
5. Black Cat Twinkle Lights by Cakies
6. DIY Cat Rope Basket by Hello Natural
7. DIY Shrink Plastic Cat Earrings by The Pink Samurai
8. DIY Cat Planter by Bru DIY
9. Here Kitty Kitty Pillow Tutorial by Smile & Wave
10. Cat Nap Eye Pillows by Adventures In Making

Have you made any cat crafts lately? Share them with us! #adventuresinmkg

DIY: Black Cat Stamped Scarf

DIY Cat Stamped Scarf #craft #kitty #blackcat #fashion #fall
I can’t believe it’s almost October! Autumn is in full swing and I’m excited to finally do some fall crafting. I’ve had this project on my to-do list for a few months so I was eager to finally work on it and have a fun new scarf to wear for Fall.

Supplies Needed

• White scarf (cotton or linen is best)
Black stamp pad (for fabric)
Carving block
Linoleum Cutter Tools
• Pencil

DIY Cat Stamped Scarf #craft #kitty #blackcat #fashion #fall

You can use scratch paper to decide how you want to draw your cat. I kept mine simple. Then use a pencil to draw the cat onto the carving block. Once you’ve finished, get out your carving tools.

Using the smallest carving blade, I carved the face of the cat first.

DIY Cat Stamped Scarf #craft #kitty #blackcat #fashion #fall

Then I switched to a larger carving tool and carved around the shape of the cat head.

DIY Cat Stamped Scarf #craft #kitty #blackcat #fashion #fall

I continued to carve out all the negative space around the cat head until it looked like this:

DIY Cat Stamped Scarf #craft #kitty #blackcat #fashion #fall

Now that you’re stamp is ready, do a test on a piece of scratch paper to see what it looks like.

DIY Cat Stamped Scarf #craft #kitty #blackcat #fashion #fall

Next, start stamping your scarf! But first, make sure to iron out any wrinkles from the fabric. Lay it flat and begin to stamp. Start at one end and work your way to the other. I stamped in rows and tried to make them as evenly spaced as possible.

DIY Cat Stamped Scarf #craft #kitty #blackcat #fashion #fall

Once you’ve stamped the entire scarf, use an iron again to heat set the ink by pressing for 10 seconds or put on high heat in the dryer for 15 minutes. And you’re done!

DIY Cat Stamped Scarf #craft #kitty #blackcat #fashion #fall

This scarf would make a great gift for a cat-loving friend, or if you’re like me, you’ll wear it yourself all season long!

DIY Cat Stamped Scarf #craft #kitty #blackcat #fashion #fall