Gifts – mug rugs and baby snakes!

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Ha! I finished my last DIY holiday gifts!

I always do kitty thingies for Ashley and Darrin, parents to SIX kitties. And, yes, sometimes it’s hard to find something new. But I lucked out this year – two cute gifts.

 

 

First up, mug rugs. Actually, these could be used as treat mats as well. I started with a cat pocket pattern that I found on SelfAssemblyRequired’, no charge, courtesy of Emily. It’s adorable.

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And the size is perfect for a mug rug.

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I used 2 layers of fabric, with fusible fleece on one to add a little body and support the quilting. The rug was sewn right sides facing, turned, topstitched around the edges and quilted in the center.

Easy peasy 🙂 And a very quick project.

I did a variety of themes, including The Walking Dead (of course) and a Peeps version to match Ashley’s scrapbooking apron.

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Thank you, Emily!

Second gift, and this one is for the kitties themselves, Catnip Baby Snakes from Sew4Home (here). I’ve become addicted to this site – what great DIY ideas and projects.

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These are about 10″ long and are stuffed with poly filling and a generous portion of organic catnip. OK, a pause. What catnip isn’t organic? Anyway, these are so merry and different!

I used cotton calico paired with sherpa fleece. And I made a real mess with the catnip. But the suggested funnel didn’t work well for me, so I just used a spoon and smushed it inside. Plus, I didn’t mind the mess – DIY is supposed to be messy.

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I used a tube turner to turn the snakes inside out, and a chopstick to stuff them.

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Parting shot: he just knows Christmas is coming.

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Bye for now – Coco

11 thoughts on “Gifts – mug rugs and baby snakes!

  1. Hi Coco.
    A while ago my wife asked me to translate your mugrug pattern to danish.
    Now she asked med to make a blog with free quilt, patchwork and applicationpatterns and my question to you is, can i please put the translated version of the pattern on the blog, with full credits to you and link to your website. It will be with your text (translated) and a few of your pictures of the mugrug.
    The site is moenstre.dk, there isnt much there yet, started on it yesterday
    Best wishes
    Bernd

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    1. What fun! of course you can share the idea! I was not able to find your blog, so I assume you haven’t made it public yet. Best wishes to you and your wife with this endeavor – send me a link when it’s public!

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  2. Such a pretty kitty you have. As I am a “crazy cat lady,” I have downloaded the cat pattern and might even do the “adorable snakes.” Did you wash the fabric before doing the projects?

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    1. Isn’t he cute? Actually he’s one of Ashley and Darrin’s bunch (I’m allergic to cats) and has a lot of blue in him, as does one of brothers. And, yes, I pre-launder everything before I stash it.

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