Friday, March 9, 2012

Six Thrifty Ways To Get Your Kitty Cat Craft On

I've partnered with Apartment Guide to serve as an Official Apartment Guide Pet Blogger! As an official blogger, I will be sharing articles filled with tips for living on a budget.

When it comes to budget-friendly kitty themed decor, getting crafty is the way to go. Not only will you end up with a super unique piece that you can't find in stores, but you'll also have the satisfaction of knowing you made it yourself.

To help get you started, I've rounded up a few of my favorite feline craft projects and kits, that will no doubt transform you into the crafty cat lady that the world already thinks you are!


1. Crafting With Cat Hair :// $9.58, Amazon.com
I've already written ad nauseum about my love for the book that shows you how to turn your cat's excess fluff into finger puppets and portraits, and am currently working on another cat-hair themed project I'll be be sharing with you soon. Best In Show: Knit Your Own Cat is also another book I've featured, if you desire working with yarn over fur when creating your kitty cat crafts.

2. Plush Cat Bed Knitting Pattern: // $5.99, Shiri Designs
Ready made cat beds and accessories can get super expensive, so why not save some cash and make them yourself? Does your cat need a hat? Yeah, there's a pattern for that. I found a tutorial on how to crochet an abstract cat afghan, too!

3. Crochet White Kitten Doll :// Free online guide, Instructables.com
Amigurumi is defined as the "Japanese art of knitting or crocheting small stuffed animals and anthropomorphic creatures," but all I know is that they're super cute. While you wouldn't want to give these intricate dolls to your cat to slobber on, they're purrfect for decorating your home or office, or giving to your lucky friends as gifts. There are plenty of patterns and instructions online for trying amigurumi - including this precious "Mao Mao" white kitten doll tutorial for the more advanced artisan.

4. Marmaduke Tea Towel Cloth Kit :// $15.50, Sarah Young
I love kits because you don't have to worry about getting the right materials or spending extra cash on every little thing. This beautiful silkscreen design can be used as an attractive tea towel, or be cut out, sewn, and stuffed to make a stylish toy or cushion. For an equally adorable DIY project, I'm also a fan of the Make Your Own Kitten Sewing Kit by Nanette Regan.

5. DIY Cat Toy Kit :// $10, Miso Handmade
This do it yourself kit comes with everything you need to personalize a catnip heart with the name of your very own little heartbreaker, including pre-cut felt, catnip, and even a few pins and needles!

6. DIY Japanese Needle Felt Cat Kit :// $12.00, Hanami Boutique
Felted kitties are some of the most adorable little creatures I've seen, and these kits are a fun and inexpensive way to make any small area like a desk or nightstand just a little bit more cute!

Do you have a favorite kitty craft or project?

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4 comments:

Max the Quilt Cat said...

We will start saving our fur for toys... I think we might just start our own toy store.

pawhugs, Bugsy and Knuckles.

MyCatBoys said...

I have the cat hair book too, and it has some great ideas!

Catsparella said...

Cree: Have you made anything from it yet??

MyCatBoys said...

Not yet, but I'm slowly collecting fur and should be able to do one soon!

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