Crafting With Cats: How We Made the Scratch’n’Purrch Magic Shroom and Mini Faux Lawn
If you have cats and love to make things, we've got a supurr project for you today. We regularly share crafting posts on our blog, and you don't have to be an expert in anything to make these items. Plus we offer no-sew workarounds for those who aren't keen on sewing.
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What You Will Need
Fur the shroom:
- Empty cable reel
- Sisal rope - we used 10 metres or 10.94 yards
- Faux fur green
- White felt square
- Fabric of your choice - we used a piece of raw silk dupion in candy pink for the top of our shroom
- Optional sewing machine
- Optional staple gun
- Glue gun
Fur the mini faux lawn mew:
- Faux fur in green
- Backing fabric
**Check out our blog for a tutorial on how to make the mini faux lawn aka snuggle mat**
Let's Get Started
We had an empty data cable reel, so we squirrelled it away in the craft room for future use, and this week an idea finally struck after a dry spell in the creativity department.
- 1). Cut your wadding/padding to size and place atop the soon to-be-shroom.
- 2). We used double thickness for extra softness and comfort.
- 3). Take the felt and cut as many circles as you want; we made five. Place them on your fabric and pin in place.
- 4). Sew either on a machine - we used a simple zig-zag stitch - or sew by hand, or, if you're not into sewing, glue in place.
You should now have something that looks like this. Place atop the wadding and position for best effect.
- 5). Flip your shroom and staple the fabric in place, pulling gently to keep it taut. If you're not sure about this step, watch our chair renovation video below - fast forward to the six-minute mark and you'll see exactly how to do it. You can also glue this step if you don't have a staple gun. Cut off any excess fabric near the inner core.
You should now have something that looks like this. It's starting to look shroom'a'licious!
- 6) Take your faux fur and mark around the reel cutting your circle about 2" or 5 cm wider.
- 7) Measure the width from the inner core to the edge, then cut out the exact size circle so your fabric looks like a doughnut and fits around the core purrfectly.
- 8) Glue the faux fur to the reel, then flip over and glue the remaining overlap to the underneath.
- 9) Take your sisal rope and begin gluing so it covers the staples.
- 10) Work your way along the full length of the core sticking the sisal rope in place until you reach the faux fur.
And you should now have something that looks like this, and is covered in happy cats!
Pop to our Instagram feed to see the video - scroll through the pics as the video is in the middle.
The B Team love it!
The Scratch'n'Purrch Magic Shroom took approximately an hour to make but should take you less time as we didn't have any instructions. And you can make it without using a staple gun or doing any sewing whatsoever - how epic, epically epic! You can also use any colours you like and that goes for the faux lawn too, it's just that we used these colours to match our
Valentine's Cottage, which we made in a previous post on our blog.
We do hope you enjoyed our tutorial, and do stop by the main blog at www.bionicbasil.com as we always have something epically epic happening!
Super crafty purrs,
Wing Commander Basil & The B Team
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