A Mini Blanket for a Cat Named Mini

Mini with her blanket

Mini’s with her blanket

I work out of my home office, & I have this little assistant hanging out under my desk all day.  She just loves her comfy velvet bed, & I love having such great company!  Every now and then, she snores…it’s a dainty little noise, but she does snore!  So during the winter, I’ll drape a little blanket over my lap, and she’s all to happy to share it with me.  I started thinking, “Mini needs her own blanket!”  So here’s her soft little blanket, crocheted out of leftover baby yarn.  Not very fancy, but I think she doesn’t mind!

Sweet dreams little Mini!

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Scrap Busting Sunday – Pattern Weights

 

Pattern Weights

Pattern Weights

 

I love a good project that allows me to use up some of those scraps I have in my sewing room.   In fact, I think just about every seamstress feels the same way.  It gives us the chance to breathe new life into a favorite fabric.  It gives us the chance to try something new without fear of messing up.  It gives us the chance to re-purpose.  It’s an inexpensive creative outlet.

I’ve been on the lookout for a cute little pattern weight idea, and I’ve seen some really clever ideas out there (creative people make me smile).  After a fun search all over blog-land, I ultimately decided to make up my own.  I just love drafting things myself.

So I decided that  3 – 1/4″ square weights would be a good size, so I sketched a little boxy flower to fit inside of  those dimensions.

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I’ve always been a sucker for a pink and gray color combo, and lucky for me…I had fleece scraps of each.

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I’ve had these black velvet heart buttons for ages, just waiting for the perfect project to use them.  I think they add a sweet touch.

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Leftover dry sushi rice (from making California rolls) provided the perfect stuffing.  I don’t know if it was necessary, but I microwaved the rice for a couple of minutes to prevent little buggy-critters from nibbling on my project!  Years ago when I made bean bags out of dehydrated beans, I remember the recommendation of baking the beans first, to better preserve them.  Who know if it helps…couldn’t hurt, though.

So there ya have it… a quick and useful project, which I was able to make from start to finish even before the rest of my family woke up on
Sunday morning.  …Stolen moments…gotta use them, they’re too precious to waste.

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