DIY – Cat toy / Katzenspielzeug

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Today I will do something unusual for this blog , I will translate part of this post into German as I want to post it in a German facebook group. Anyway, this weekend I was doing some DIY projects and I wanted to show you the first one in this post. I was planning to do this for some time already but just didn’t found the time. Yesterday I was planning to use the sewing machine anyway so I thought why not also do this project.

What you need:

  • Some scrape fabric (I took a piece of approximately 10×20 cm/ 4×8 in)
  • Sewing machine or needle and thread
  • filling cotton (or an old cushion)
  • some Valerian root or cat mint

What to do:

Cut your fabric into the right size and fold it in the middle with what you want to be outside on the inside, sew around the edges and leave a small hole (approximately 4-5 cm/ 2 in). Turn it inside out through the hole and fill it with the cotton. Put the Valerian root or cat mint inside (try to put it into the middle) and close the hole by hand (you can use the instructions in the video below to do so).

And voliá your cat toy is ready to be played with.

Some pictures for illustration can be found at the end of the post.

###German translation###

So heute gibt es eine Bastelanleitung für die allseits beliebten Stinkekissen.

Das wird benötigt:

  • Stoffreste (ich habe ein Stück von etwa 10×20 cm genommen)
  • eine Nähmaschine oder Nadel und Faden
  • Füllwatte (es geht auch ein billiges Kissen, dass ihr aufschneidet und einen Teil der Füllung verwendet)
  • Baldrianwurzel oder Katzenminze

Und so geht’s:

Falls notwendig schneidet ihr den Stoff in ein passendes Stück und faltet es mit der Stoffaußenseite nach innen. Nun näht ihr die Seiten außen zusammen und lasst dabei ein Wendeloch (ca 4-5 cm). Ihr wendet das Stück und füllt es mit der Füllwatte. Anschließend tut ihr etwas Baldrianwurzel oder Katzenminze in die Mitte. Nun braucht ihr nur noch das Wendeloch per Hand zu vernähen (eine Anleitung wie das ganz Wunderbar funktioniert gibt es in dem video unten) und schon ist euer Stinkekissen fertig zum bespielen!

Nun folgen noch einige Bilder die den Herstellungsprozess sowie das anschließende bespielen zeigen!

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Guest Post: DIY Cat litter box

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The second part of my guest post about DIY for cats on Katzenworld.co.uk is online now. Again the post is also available in German. The Link can be found in the post! Head over there and have a look if you are interested!

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As promised, Sarina from Saris Corner is back with the follow-up on the DIY Cat litter box. Please find her post below. For those that missed last week’s post on the Cat bed please check it out here.

(This post is also available in German on Katzenworld Deutschland)

Hello everyone on Katzenworld,

The second thing I wanted to do was to get the HOL box and make a litter box holder of it to reduce the amount of litter lying around everywhere. The HOL box is a simple storage box and can be found in two sizes. I don’t really have that much room so I decided to go for the small one. Again the boys were everywhere and even helped with unpacking the box. After assembling (that was pretty easy as well) I decided where the cats should enter the box and used a jig saw to make…

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Guest Post: DIY Bed for Cats

Today I did a guest post over on Katzenworld.co.uk (this post is also available in German, the link can be found in the post!)

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(This post is also available in German on Katzenworld Deutschland)

Hello everyone on Katzenworld,

I am Sarina a fellow Blogger from Saris Corner  from the Netherlands (originally from Germany) and I am into Photography and DIY stuff, and my cats 😉 So today I want to blog about something that combine all of these.

Did you ever heard about IKEA-Hacks ? Well there are several people out there that like to reuse IKEA products for something else then their initial purpose. If you search the web page with the search term cat you get 1,850 results so apparently there are a lot of things you can do with IKEA stuff for your cat. I saw two of them that really got me  hooked:

1. The DUKTIG Cat bed (initially from this post, but see here (http://www.ikeahackers.net/2007/02/ikea-pet-bed.html as well)

2. The HOL Litterbox (see here (http://www.ikeahackers.net/2010/03/a-hol-for-kitty.html))

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Bonte Belevenis

As I already mentioned in my last MM post, it was my Birthday last week and my mum was here and we went to this farm called “Bonte Belevenis“. It is a farm where you pay entrance and inside they have a lot of animals running around freely (more to that in a later post) and you can visit different stations where they explain to you how to craft different things (like bread, candles, soap and paper) and if you pay some extra money you are even allowed to participate and make your own thing that you can take with you afterwards (If you are considering doing this yourself plan enough time to wait for your products to get finished, in case of paper you get an already prepared one as it takes too long to wait for it to dry). My mum and me decided to go for the full program, which was clearly thought to be for kids but we had fun anyway! It was really nice to see all these things and participate in it (even though I probably wouldn’t do it a second time) and I really like the end products.

What do you think?

 

DIY Kindlebag

As I already told you in the last few posts I went to Switzerland for the birthday of my sister. I gave her a Kindle as a present and I thought I make her a Bag for it so she can safely transport it. While she was over  for a visit only a week before her Birthday we went to Alkmaar and there we passed a fabric store. We stopped and I let her choose the fabric (yes I was a spoilsport and told her what she will get beforehand, and yes she didn’t like it- shame on me! But this way I was sure she will like it).

Fabric for the DIY Kindlebag

Fabric for the DIY Kindlebag

So in a first step I cut the fabric in the right size. I had an outer fabric, an inner fabric and some non-woven fabric, that you have to iron on the fabric to give a bit more resistance to the bag. I wanted to have a latch closing it on the top, but that didn’t need to be cushioned, so I left out the non-woven fabric for that part.

Cutted Fabric for thye DIY Kindelbag

Cutted Fabric for the DIY Kindlebag

I first Ironed to non-waven fabric on the other parts and then started sewing. I started with the latch and fixed the two parts together with a biased banding.

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After the ironing of the non-woven fabric to the top fabric

Finished Flap of the DIY Kindlebag

Finished Flap

Next I sewed the inner and outer fabric together, but I left a little piece open in the inner fabric (don’t make that too small otherwise you will have problems turning it around) and I then turned the inner fabric around and put it inside the still inside-out outer fabric and sewed the upper part together. I then turned the whole thing through the hole in the inner fabric around.

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First step

DIY Kindlebag Step1

Second step

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Turning trough the turning hole

I then added the flap on the back of one side, which was only half successful, as the opening of the bag was not big enough to go around the lower part of my maschine and I constantly ran into danger to sew together to top of the bag. I would therefore advise to probably attache the flap before sewing together the inner and outer part. Don’t forget to close the turning hole! I the simply added a button to the bag and some thread to the flap and finished!

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My sister really liked her present! 🙂

DIY Decopatch Chain Lights

I already showed you, that I am really fond of Decopatch and I even did a jewlery box myself at somepoint, where I also posted a link with an explanation on how to do it. I wanted to make some kind of lamp for my living room to bring some indirect light to the room while watching tv or just sitting on the couch. I browsed the internet for a bit of inspiration and found the following link on buzzfeed where it said: “Decopatch lamp”. After having a closer look at the link I realized that they don’t really use decopatch there but I thought it is still a great idea. So I went on and bought some plastic cups and a chain of lights.

Then last weekend I started with preparing the cups with decopatch.

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Already after the first day I had some nice and colourful cups ready.

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Initially I bought 35 cups and a light chain with 35 lights, but after about half of the cups I ran out of time to get them ready before Easter. And I wanted to finished it before this weekend as I had visitors over and didn’t wanted my creative stuff all around the house while they were here. So at a certain point I stopped and made some holes in the bottom of the cups and put the lights through it. I went for puttinga cup on more or less every second light and I think it turned out great!

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What do you think?

 

DIY Pouf

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My DIY Pouf

I love to have my feet a bit higher on something soft while sitting at my desk. So I was playing with the idea of making a pouf since some time. Last week Friday I decided to start with it and had a look around on the internet for some ideas. I found this really nice description and immediately loved the square layout and the white cording. I still had a lot of the sheep fabric left that I used for my sheepbag so I decided to use that as the general fabric and a black one for the bottom. On Sunday I started with cutting the fabric.

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The parts of the fabric for all sides, top and bottom

I first sewed the sides together so that I ended up with a ring. I then took the cording and added it to the top fabric.

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Afterwards I added the sides to that. It took me some fiddling around to get everything the way I wanted it but I was really satisfied in the end. The last step was to add the bottom part to the sides as well and remember to leave a bit open so you can still turn the fabric and fill it.

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Adding the bottom to the rest

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The unfinished side to turn the fabric inside out

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Turned pouf with the wool ready for filling

I needed a bit more than 3 bags of wool to fill the whole thing but it looked really nice in the end!

The last step is to close the remaining opening by hand.

Volia!

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DIY Jewelery box

I got a new necklace for this Christmas and I wanted to keep it safe when back home. So I realized that I don’t have any Jewelery box at home. After scanning some on the internet I didn’t found any one that I liked and I gave up and postponed the search until later. The following day I was shopping in Hamburg and also stopped by a store called “Idee”, which means as much as idea in German. They are the paradise for anyone that is into crafting and the store is huge and I only went in the check out their Decopatch paper. Next to the paper they had some beautiful wooden boxes. And suddenly I had an idea (Yeah the store definitely deserves it’s name ;)), I just make my own jewelery box! My mind was running like crazy and within a few minutes I had it finished in my mind. So I went ahead and bought some of the Decopatch paper, one of the wooden boxes, some purple color and a brush.

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So this weekend I finally had time to go for this project. I started yesterday with painting the whole box in purple. Image

After letting it dry over night I went on today with putting up some highlights with Decopatch. You don’t know what that is? here is a small video on how to do it:

I choose three different types of paper and did the lid with one, the front and back with the second and the sides with the last one.

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For the inlay I took an old black velvet shirt that I still had but never wore and started with cutting out. I have some of stud earrings that I wanted to be able to keep in pairs so I came up with the idea is making some kind of cushion with segments in it where I can put them in. After cutting the pieces I made seams on the edges and fixated them with my sewing machine.

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I wanted the put my hanging earrings on some braid trim in the top of the box and I still had some that I bought about half a year ago which were fitting nicely with the colors and the whole set up.

The final part was the to bring these two things together. I just took double-sided adhesive tape to fixate the velvet inside the box.

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I am really satisfied with how this worked out and I already love the end result!

What do you think of it? Do you also want to make one? I was also thinking about decorating it with some stones/shells or braid trims on the outside of the box.

Do you have any ideas about how to make it even nicer?

Enjoy your Sunday evening!

DIY Camera inlay for a purse

During my various trips to different cities I got somehow fed up that I had to decide if I want to take my camera with camera bag with me or if I want to just take a normal purse. Most of the times I didn’t wanted to leave my camera behind so I took my camera bag, but that one was kind of small and also didn’t look as nice as my own bag (you remember my nice sheepbag?). So I had this vague idea that I could make an inlay for my bag, so that I can put my camera in a safe place within my bag.

Last week I started to Google around a bit and and found two pages where they describe how to do it (you can find them here and here). So on Saturday I went to the market on the mainland and found a stand were they sell foam in different sizes and thickness. I bought a 50x50cm and 2 cm thick piece, because they only sold foam thicker then 2cm in smaller pieces (I would had preferred a 1 cm thickness). At home I tried a first layout and soon discovered that it would fill my whole purse, which was not what I intended. So I first wanted to stop the project, but it kept sneaking back into my mind. So on Sunday I tried another layout and it turned out to work much better.

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The bottom with the 2 cm thick foam

For that I cut a part of the foam in the middle to reduce the thickness. and then fitted the parts to the fabric which I still had leftover from the Sheepbag project, where I didn’t use it at all.

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The finished bottom

 

As I wanted to add some inlays that should support the camera I added a Velcro band to it.

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Attaching the Velcro

Now I just had to sew the outer part of the fabric together and attache the two sides.

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Finishing the side

Now the only part left was attaching the upper part to the bottom which unfortunately has to be done by hand. I only did it really roughly so far but will do it better the following days.

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The two parts attached to each other

And then it’s already finished, the inlays for stabilization have to wait a bit 😉

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The camera in the bag (this was taken with my phone camera, not as bad as I expected it to be)

sorry for the bad pictures but the light in my room is not really the best 😉

Cheers,

Sarina

The Sheepbag

As I will not have new Projects to write about for the next few days, (Spoiler: There is something exiting coming up on Wednesday and I hope to be able to write about it during the later days of this week!) I thought I just recap one of my projects from the last months. I made a Handbag, after my first one started to fall apart. The first one was actually one of my first real sewing projects I ever did and I was quit proud of it but you could also see that I was not really experienced in it.

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My poor old Bag after one year of almost constant use

So I started to look around for a nice fabric that I could use and stumbled over one I really loved with a sheep pattern. But I decided to make the main part of the bag in simple black fabric and only do the cover and the front bag in the sheep fabric.

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All the stuff I ordered for my new Bag

So one Monday at the end of October my package arrived, I was feeling sick but I wanted to start badly with my bag because I wanted it to be finished for my trip to Germany the following weekend. I had the pattern from a German book that you can find here. The first evening I started with cutting the fabric and iron all the filling fleece onto the different parts of the bag.

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Result of day one

I still had to work during the day so in the evening of the second day I started with the actual sewing and I first added the cover top and bottom fabric and sawed a rim band around it. and I added the front pocket and a small pocket to the back. The small pocket was not really easy and it took me some time to get it right, and I actually hat to cut the inside fabric for the pocket twice because I screwed it up. But luckily I had enough fabric to redo it.

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The work of the second day, I am still not 100% satisfied with the small pocket at the back.

On the third and last day I felt really sick and had to fight to finish the bag. But I managed 🙂 So first I joined  all parts of the outside of the bag together and as you can see on the middle picture it already looked a lot like a bag from outside but the right hand picture shows the inside still looked rather rough.

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The outer part of the bag on the third day.

So I continued by joining the parts of the inner bag together and that really looked strange… But after putting the inner Bag inside the outer one it really felt like a bag.

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The inner part is being finished

So the only thing left to do was joining the outer bag with the inner one at the zipper, i did most of that with my machine but part of it I did by hand.

And TADA there was my new Bag:

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My New Bag ❤

It barely left my side since that day and I really, really love the pattern of the fabric and how it turned out to look.

I hope you enjoyed reading this post and I would love to get feedback and/or questions!

Cheers,

Sarina