Archive for June, 2009

* cat sachets

Posted on June 30th, 2009 by maitreya. Filed under Toys (cat and kid).


We got a new cardboard scratcher for the cats, and it came with a packet of catnip.  I always forget how crazy they go for it.  Since I already had the machine out, I sewed up some little catnip packets for them to play with.  Originally I just made one, but then they started fighting over it (or rather, the giant cat was being a big bully), so I made another one.  The dense wool+double-zigzagged seams are secure enough that no catnip has escaped yet, and so far they’re holding up to the biting.

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* piped pillow

Posted on June 28th, 2009 by maitreya. Filed under Home and Garden, Sewing/Fabric Crafts.


Amazing, I actually sewed something.  When we moved to our new apartment, we finally got rid of our old Ikea couch that we’d been dragging back and forth across the country since I was in grad school.  The new apartment is small, so we gave the couch to some friends and got a new smaller couch* (also Ikea) that we’ve been calling the pocket couch.  It’s dark gray and even folds out into a twin bed, which is very useful since we no longer have an extra bedroom for when people visit.  The new apartment place also let us choose a color to paint an accent wall, and we chose mustard.  Clearly this calls for new throw pillows.

I’ve been wanting to redecorate the living room in gray and mustard for a while now, inspired by a bag that I bought from Zaum a few years ago (sorry, can’t find a picture atm).  Anyway, the bag is lined with this awesome geometric print from Ikea, and I was lucky to find a yard of it on clearance.  The backing is the mustard deco weight that it’s laying on in the photo, which I got at the Joann’s that I can now walk to.   It’s just a simple envelope pillowcase, but it’s the first time I’ve used piping (which is an olive color).  I’m pretty happy with how it turned out.  Of course I ran out of piping before I finished the second pillow, which is super annoying.  At least everything is cut out and ready to go for the second one once I make a Joann’s run this week.

pillow

*One bad thing about the couch is that it contains a bad fire-proofing chemical that is probably what gave our older cat Beckett hyperthyroid disease. :(  We were hoping to find a new couch that wouldn’t be poisonous, but we caved and went for the cheaper cuter one instead.  Yes, I feel guilty.

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