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« on: June 18, 2004 11:46:20 AM »

I have gotten many questions about this pattern (Simplicity 9004) since it is my avatar.  I made this for my cats. 
Of course they do not use it but the mouth is too small anyway.  I made it about 2 1/2 years ago so my memory of its construction is foggy.  Anyway, it was fun to make.  I was a little confused about how the head attached to the body.  There is an unfinished seam inside but I dont care since no one will really see it.  I also did not put the eyes on it because I got lazy and did not want to search for ping pong balls.

I have used it as a funky bag but it was cumbersome.  Now it is eating a monster in my living room.  Yeah!

Feel free to ask questions, but like I said, my memory is foggy about construction.  Someday I plan to make the others on the pattern (a tent and a house).  I may even try to make them lifesize.  That'd be real fun!
« Reply #1 on: June 18, 2004 12:09:25 PM »

Ha!  That is fantastic!  And such fantastic colors . . . are the other patterns larger?  do you think the cats would use those?

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« Reply #2 on: June 23, 2004 08:09:18 PM »

My cats only sleep on things you don't want them to sleep on.... *sigh*

I think that is so funny and ironic that is looks like a FISH eating a CAT...

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« Reply #3 on: January 08, 2005 06:21:52 AM »

I saw that when I was browsing through pattern books. Was it easy to make?
« Reply #4 on: January 08, 2005 11:13:59 AM »

Penguingrrl, if you are still around, I have to thank you for inspiring me to make my own fishbed:

Fortunately, mine was made for a rather small cat, and she climbed right in and claimed it as her own as soon as she saw it.  Smiley

Candycanechild, the construction was a bit of a puzzler at times, but nothing too impossible.  I think the greatest difficulty was in working with the foam (pattern called for 1/2 inch, but I used 1/4, which worked just fine), because it is so bulky and is sticky with metal (pins, foot of sewing machine, etc).

And, just for fun, here's a pic of the cozy recipient:
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« Reply #5 on: January 08, 2005 06:46:26 PM »

Aww...  mitsumame, your kitty looks so content in her fish bed!  I love the fabric you chose too... it's so bright and fun. Thanks for the hints, I definatly want to try this one day.
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« Reply #6 on: January 09, 2005 07:30:31 AM »

When I first saw that pattern, I fell in love with it!
I hope I can find that pattern somewhere in Sweden (because I don't have a credit or debit card to order stuff from the US), because my cats sleep on places where they always manage to knock things over! Smiley

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« Reply #7 on: January 14, 2005 10:46:02 PM »

OMG!  Those are the cutest things ever!  I MUST make one (or seven) for my cats...now... Grin

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« Reply #8 on: January 15, 2005 12:32:28 AM »

ack!ack! that is just too awesome....
it's definately on my list so stuff to make now!!!!

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« Reply #9 on: January 15, 2005 01:03:02 AM »

That bed makes me laugh.  I should go look for the pattern, I'm sure my cat would use one.

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