Tuesday, July 2, 2013

DIY Kitty Cubie


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)
  • scissors
  • sewing machine
  • needle
  • thread
  • pins
  • ruler




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!!!

Carrie

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11 comments:

  1. OMG this is SOOO cute. It makes me wish I wasn't allergic to cats! Is it big enough that they'll be able to use them as adult cats? How old are the kitties by the way?

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  2. They are 3 1/2 months right now. But to answer your question, yes it is big for when they are adults. they look so small in it right now :)

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  3. Super sweet! Pinning:) Swim by http://www.sewsweetvintage.com/2013/07/vintage-swimwear.html

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  4. Super cute project! My cat would love it too :)
    Hope you have a good week!
    Hugs from Portugal,

    Ana Love Craft
    www.lovecraft2012.blogspot.com

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  5. on the side with the hole...you say put right sides together and sew around the hole, then turn right side out...I can't see how this is possible

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  6. What a lovely DIY! We've featured you over on the FaveCrafts Blog! :)

    http://www.favecrafts.com/blog/fc/diy-dog-bed-diy-cat-house/

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  7. Thank you so much for this tutorial, my kitties were climbing through the hole while I was sewing it together and they Love it!!!

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  8. Hi, just wanted to let you know that I linked to your tutorial on my blog: http://www.sewingshop.net/blog/thursday-treasures-1-theme-cats/
    Really nice project!

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  9. Really great, clear instructions and you chose such adorable fabric. I can't wait to make one of these for my cat! Thanks!

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