Make a kitty cushion for a Battersea cat
It's kitten season, a time when Battersea Dogs & Cats home is inundated with abandoned pregnant cats. Make their stay more comfortable by creating a special kitty cushion designed by Helen Philipps
During the summer months Battersea Dogs & Cats Home sees an influx of pregnant cats and kittens. The charity is calling for more volunteers to get involved in cat fostering and provide a safe and calm foster home for pregnant mums, kittens, and, on occasion, cats with medical problems.
Battersea is looking for people who have a secure spare room, and who have had cats (particularly newborn kittens) before. To find out more, visit battersea.org.uk/cats/fostering.
If you can't offer a cat or kitten a home, you can still help. The charity is encouraging crafters to set up their sewing machines and have a go at creating a fantastic kitty cushion to make Battersea cats feel more at home. We've specified the colour and pattern of fabric below, but feel free to use up leftovers if you prefer.
What to do
1. Iron a piece of Bondaweb, following the manufacturer's instructions, on to the back of a piece of blue spotty fabric and trace the cat motif on to it, then cut out carefully. Iron Bondaweb on to scraps of blue and pink fabric for the eyes and nose.
2. Sew together two pieces of red stripy and blue spotty fabric to make the cushion front so it measures 52 x 36cm, plus seam allowance.
3. Press the central seam then place the cat motif on the stripy side and iron in place on the front.
4. Using matching sewing cotton and blanket stitch, sew around the cat shape. Iron the eyes and nose in place and sew around each with matching cotton and blanket stitch. Use white cotton and straight stitch to sew the whiskers.
5. Take the blue spotty backing fabric and place with the front, right sides together. Pin the piece of red check ribbon at the top left hand side to be sewn into the seam. Sew around the cushion, leaving a small gap at the bottom. Turn the cushion to the right side and press.
6. Place the piece of wadding inside the cushion and sew the gap closed. Stitch a top stitch around the outside edge of the cushion, and stitch several vertical rows of running stitch to hold the wadding in place.
Where to send your cushion
Kitty Cushion Appeal
Battersea Dogs & Cats Home
4 Battersea Park Road
Or you can take it along to the Home yourself. It's open to the public every day, and you can visit the public kennels and cattery to see their lovely lodgers.
Source: The Guardian