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1  HOME SWEET HOME / Pet-Related Crafts: Completed Projects / cat lounge bean bag on: January 29, 2012 04:35:18 AM
My boyfriend has got one huge, green fatboy bean bag, which he also kept when we moved in together. I'm not such a fan of this apple-green monster as my cats are. They were crazy about it. After some long discussions my love allowed me cut this thing in pieces and make two much smaller and quite nice cat lounges out of it. (Which fatboy also offers - for 'just' $99!) I think it is a big improvement now and much less prominent in our living room.

Tipp: The best way to empty a bean bag is to put it into a duvet cover, so this tiny little, very light filling bubbles don't make your living room change into a winter wonderland if you just sneeze once. Also a duvet cover doesn't facilitate the static charge of the styrofoam balls as a plastic bag would. And it is big fun for the cats, if you let them anywhere near it. Smiley 

The cat bed measures 70x40x15 cm. I first sewed a zipper and velcro fastener to one of the small sides.
Then I sewed together the sides, before I connected them to the top and underside.

A better description (in German) how I made it  can be found here: http://fraushizzle.blogspot.com/2012/01/fatboy-slim.html

2  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Making a round 'frame' for your embroidery on: January 21, 2011 12:41:08 AM
Aww, so cool that you guys like it. Smiley
3  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Making a round 'frame' for your embroidery on: January 20, 2011 09:28:08 AM
I love embroidery framed in the hoop. But sometimes i like an even cleaner look, without any frame but still round. So I went into the craft store, got some inspiration and came up with the following solution. It is like the 'lacing your embroidery tutorial' by muddlepud, but round. And also it is fast, easy and cheap. Smiley

I blogged about it in German ( http://fraushizzle.blogspot.com/2011/01/runde-sache.html ), but I thought maybe someone would be interested in an English tutorial as well. Smiley
It is my first tutorial,  please bear with me and my wobbly English.  Roll Eyes I use a lot of pictures to make it easier to understand.

You need:

-a circular painting panel (or some sturdy cardboard to cut in shape on your own)
- some strong thread
- fiberfill (or volume fleece)
- a loop or hook
- felt
- glue for textiles

1. Wash and iron your embroidery
2. Draw the size of the panel plus 2-3 cm onto the back of your embroidery. Make sure, that the motif is in the very center of that circle. Cut out.

3. Draw the size of the panel minus 0,5 cm on the felt and cut out. This will be the backside.
4. Take a very strong thread and baste around the edge of the embroidery circle. The last and the first stich should overlap. Leave enough space to the edge, so it doesn't tear out.

5. Aligne the fiberfill with the panel. Make sure, that it is evenly thick.

6. Put both panel and filling onto the back of the embroidery and pull the thread.

7. Have a look, if the motif on the front is in the middle. If not, adjust before you sew up the remaining thread to secure it.
8. Glue the felt and the hook to the backside to hide the raw edge of the embroidery. (You can add a signature or something like that too. This piece is for my partner in the Phat quarter embroidery swap.)

9. Let dry, maybe under a stack of books, so it gets nice and even.
10. Voila, you are done.  Smiley

What do you think?

4  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: The Raven on: September 22, 2010 08:35:14 AM
I'm so in love with this raven! Great poem, great animal and great stitching, of course. Smiley
5  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Gibson Girl on: September 22, 2010 08:29:23 AM
She is so gorgeous! And that face, so pretty! What stitch did you use for the sleeves?
6  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Cats suck, well, at least mine does... on: September 22, 2010 08:22:14 AM
Thanks so much for the nice comments! Yeah, cats are pretty amazing and can be so inspiring.@ Lanysmiles: My cats love to lick toes, too. And stick their noses deep into worn sneakers. eeew! Roll Eyes Next project on my embroidery list: My other cat fetching balls. (Yes, cat, NOT dog.... my cats are both totally nuts...) But I didn't manage to get a good shot of her yet, always too blurry. Wink
7  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Cats suck, well, at least mine does... on: September 10, 2010 09:24:30 AM
Ohhh, that is so cool being featured! *jumpingupanddown* Yeah, made my day after a day that REALLY sucked. Smiley
8  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Doodle Pillow on: August 30, 2010 05:34:53 AM
This is so lovely! And a perfect way to try new stitches. Love the Yeti!
9  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Cats suck, well, at least mine does... on: August 27, 2010 04:39:26 AM
@urka: Hahaha, I know that feeling! Smiley
10  NEEDLEWORK / Needlework: Completed Projects / Re: Geisha embroidery on: August 24, 2010 11:46:45 AM
It is gorgeous, she looks so elegant. The seed stitch def. adds the special touch.
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