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it all started when i saw these little mice in little beds made from altoids mint tins (the type i used for my travel watercolors) on facebook. i immediately thought, “are you kidding me?! my little girl would go wild for those!” it’s possible to buy the pattern, but i wanted to make them my own way.
i had some scraps of a northcott fabric called “kitty kaleidoscope” that i’d used years ago for my daughter’s cloth baby wipes (which i’m still using now with my son), and some other scraps of cotton terry and flannel, so i decided to use those for the bed linens and make stuffed cats out of the printed fabric. but first… the beds.
i decided to spray paint them. they looked great until they started drying and the paints started peeling off.
i tried taking off as much of the peeling gunk as possible, but they looked awful. then i attempted painting a tin with a paintbrush and acrylic paints. it didn’t cover the tin well and was streaky. as a last attempt i applied strips of colored tissue paper with dilute glue as we’d done to make a cute vase last year, but spots of rust formed. in the end, all seven tins ended up in the trash. sob!
luckily i still had a few tins left, so i glued a wide colored ribbon on the top and inside and a more narrow ribbon all around.
the cats were too big for the tins, so i sewed them smaller, keeping the little faces and ears intact. i braided embroidery thread for their tails (like i did with this snake‘s tongue).
here they are snoozing in their little beds.
for a very sweet little girl i also wanted to make a little buddy that looks like her dog. i decided to use scraps of felted wool sweaters and to embroider the features. (you can download the shape here.) the dog in question is a sort of hard color to reproduce, but has something like brownish rings around its eyes. except in my dog they look more like the whites of the eyes. but i felt like he needed a friend, so i made my dog version of the little girl, all colored and cute! as final touches i sewed down the floppy ears and added the first letters of their names on their dog tags.
even dogs need a warm and comfy bed!
ah, i was forgetting about the beds. i made stuffed pillow and then blankets with two sides of flannel. i made the materasses the same way, but sandwiching in an extra layer of terry cloth to make them thicker and more rigid. i sewed the edges with an overlocker.
i gave a complete set to both my daughter and my son and they both love them. sofia, as always, took a little skirt from some other mini-toy and dressed up her cat in it.
here you can see the tail a little better, as well as the backside.
who knows why kids love teeny tiny things so much!