We recently adopted 2 kittens. So little by little I buy things for her. I was at walmart yesterday and noticed a nice kitty cubie, but they we're wanting more than I was willing to pay which was $15. So after looking at the construction of the cubie. I said to myself "I can make that and for less".
I knew I already had material in my material closet that would be perfect for my little cutiepie's, so all I needed to find was the filler that goes inbetween the material. it felt thicker than regular batting. I first went to the craft section and found the perfect material, but again they wanted to much. this was a 42"x72" roll of 3/4" spongy batting for $17.00. I planned on making 2 cubbies but that would still make the batting $8.50 a piece. So I thought to myself this material feels like the egg crate toppers you put on mattress's. So off to the bedding aisle to look for padding. I found a 36"x72" sheet of egg crate foam mattress pad for $10. ($5.00 per cubbie) ok SOLD.
Material you need to make 1 kitty cubbie.
- Foam padding (I found the best deal in the bedding aisle)
- 1 1/2 yards of (2) different patterned/solid material (one for the inside, one for the outside)
- sewing machine
This is a photo of the padding I found in the bedding aisle at Walmart.
Fun, Fun, Fun material
First step: (this is for 1 cubie) cut 6 squares 18"x18" of each material. You will have 12 squares total.
Second step. cut 6 squares 17"x17" of the foam padding. To sew each wall. take a square from each material, put together rightside out. sew around 3 sides of the square and cut. Now take 1 square of padding and put inside pocket you just made. Once padding is inside, go back to the sewing machine and stitch the last side shut. Do this 4 more times.
The 6th square is a little different because you will be putting a circle hole in the middle of this one.
Do this square in the following order.
- draw a circle in the middle of the square. (the square consists of the front and back material)
- cut out circle (through both materials)
- lay on top of foam square and draw circle on foam square
- cut the circle out of the foam square
- flip top & bottom squares so that the tops are facing inward
- sew around the circle.
- flip material inside out so that top of material is on the outside now.
- place foam square in between the 2 sewn pieces.
- use pins to secure material in place
- now sew all the way around the square sealing the foam square in.
When sewing the finished sides together i used my sewing machine to sew the 4 sides together (sew the seams together) the top and bottom were a little to awkward to sew with the machine so i hand sewed the edges.
My kitties love it. I had a hard time keeping them out of it until I was finished with it.
Happy Kitty Day!!!
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