Friday, 10 February 2012

5 items you can make with cat hair. Really, I'm serious

List by Tosca

"Got fur balls? Are your favorite sweaters covered with cat hair? Do you love to make quirky and one-of-a-kind crafting projects? If so, then it's time to throw away your lint roller and curl up with your kitty! Crafting with cat hair shows readers how to transform stray clumps of fur into soft and adorable handicrafts."
- Crafting with cat hair by Kaori Tsutaya

I know that you're thinking one of two things; either "This *cannot* be real. Somebody, somewhere is having a laugh at our expense" OR "Dude! This is so me! I've been waiting for something like this all my life and finally HERE IT IS!" Am I right, or am I right? I know because the first statement? That is me. That was my first thought when I came across Crafting with cat hair: Cute handicrafts to make with your cat by Kaori Tsutaya. Ok, I'll be honest with you, I haven't moved over to the second statement at all and I'm not sure I ever will. It's just a little too...bizarre seeming for me to want to brush my cat, collect his/her hair and take the time to knit me some gloves. If I couldn't knit with ordinary wool (and you might remember from an earlier post how badly I sucked at that activity), then I doubt I'm going to be any less sucky with a different type of material. Sometimes, it's just geography (and yes, I used a Pretty Woman reference there, although, you know, without money. And Richard Gere. And, well, prostitutes. But you get what I mean!). I was prepared to hate this book because my instinctive response is that doing any kind of craft project with any kind of hair (animal, human, other, although what 'other' could be I don't want to know) is total yucky bunny. Now that I've read the book, I've changed my mind SLIGHTLY. There's a lot of solid information here about the right way to groom cats, how to ensure that you're not harming them, lists of supplies, how to care for your cat and a few other things as well. So, yes, I respect it as an artform. There is still no way in Hades, though, that I'm ever doing this myself. No way. Your neighbourhood cats are safe from me. That doesn't mean I wouldn't love for one of you somewhere anywhere out there in the bloggerverse to use this, make somethinganything and send me a picture. You know what they or it didn't happen :)

Hats and scarves - Wrap your head and neck with warm kitty-inspired winterwear
"The soft texture of cat hair goes perfectly with the fluffiness of angora.

I made a fun design by allowing the cats' tails to move freely."

Mittens and gloves - Tuck your mitts inside cozy cat coverings
"You can make simple gloves much cuter by attaching these cat-hair felt shapes. Add style by varying the pattern between the left and right gloves."

Knickknack boxes - Recycle milk cartons and cat hair to make adorable containers for cat treats or knickknacks
"These little boxes are made from cut-up dairy cartons wrapped in sheets of store-bought felt with cute cat-hair designs on top.

You can put them together simply with double-sided tape, so even if sewing isn't your specialty, it's ok."

Tote bags - Carry your cat all around town
"These totes may be small, but they're just the right size to hold a magazine or electronic device.

It is easy to make them look more sophisticated by attaching felted cats and leather handles."

Portraits - Remember your pet forever
"To create a portrait out of cat hair, you must use more than one colour. You can arrange the picture to make a spotted cat, a striped cat, or even a Siamese cat. For three-dimensionality, stuff cat hair inside the finger puppets (page 12) and sew them onto fabric for framing.

If you have many different colours of cat hair to choose from, go ahead and challenge yourself."


Ngaire BookieMonster said...

We made our cat a kitty toy out of her own fur. Brushing after winter can get a whole ball of fur off them, so we rolled it tightly and then stuck googly eyes to it.

She didn't seem to like it that much.


catatonia said...

No! You didn't! LOL Aww that would definitely have been photo-worthy :P