Are your favorite sweaters covered with cat hair? Do you love to make quirky and one-of-a-kind crafting projects? If so, then it’s time to throw away your lint roller and curl up with your kitty! Crafting with Cat Hair shows readers how to transform stray clumps of fur into soft and adorable handicrafts. From kitty tote bags and finger puppets to fluffy cat toys, picture frames, and more, these projects are cat-friendly, eco-friendly, and require no special equipment or training. You can make most of these projects in under an hour—with a little help, of course, from your feline friends!
|Product dimensions:||7.30(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.50(d)|
About the Author
Born in Tokyo, Kaori Tsutaya is a cat lover and freelance writer whose writings have been published in magazines and special-interest books. Many of her published works are based on the subject of cats and include articles, photography, and books on crafting.
Her blogs “The Laws of the Cat” (nekono-okite.cocolog-nifty.com) and “The Cat Hair Craft Room” (nekoke.com) are popular in Japan.
Amy Hirschman is a translator, crafter, and pop-culture enthusiast living in California. She studied Japanese for four years at the University of Pittsburgh and has lived in Japan. Though she is not a cat owner, her friends will attest that she is the greatest cat sitter they have ever had. This is her first published translation.
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TABLE OF CONTENTS
CAT-HAIR CRAFTS Q & A
Can I really make crafts with my own cat’s hair?
SUPPLIES: I have a cat. What else do I need to craft with cat hair?
PROJECT 1: Finger Puppets
This is the first step! You can make these finger puppets out of the hair you brush off your cat.
It is recommended for your cat’s health.
PROJECT 2: Book Covers
Apply cute cats to homemade book covers.
The color and texture of your cat’s undercoat is different from its topcoat.
PROJECT 3: Portraits
Remember your pet forever.
What is the difference between sheep wool and cat hair?
PROJECT 4: Tote Bags
Carry your cat all around town.
Cats do not naturally produce any bad smells, and neither does their hair.
PROJECT 5: Coin Purses
Save your pennies in a cute cat coin purse.
Take care to prevent pesky bugs from latching onto your cat’s hair and your cat-hair crafts.
PROJECT 6: Knickknack Boxes
Recycle milk cartons and cat hair to make adorable knickknack containers.
These crafts are not recommended for people with cat allergies.
PROJECT 7: Pincushions
With an old sweater and some cat hair, you can make crafty cat pincushions.
The amount of hair that comes off your cat varies with the seasons.
PROJECT 8: Badges
Show the world how much you love kitty crafts.
Cats are naturally eco-friendly—and so are cat-hair crafts.
PROJECT 9: Mittens and Gloves
Tuck your mitts inside cozy cat coverings.
Advice on the proper handling of cat-hair crafts.
PROJECT 10: Hats and Scarves
Wrap your head and neck with warm kitty-inspired winterwear.
Different cat brushes you can buy.
Meet the cats who donated their hair for these projects.
Make something special with your cat.
Most Helpful Customer Reviews
If you've ever seen the amount of hair that comes off your cat when you brush it, especially in the spring, you've probably wondered if there's anything useful to do with it. In Crafting with Cat Hair, author Kaori Tsutaya shares her discovery of how to use cat hair to make super easy felt crafts. Felt is incredibly simple to make (even out of cat hair!), only needing tangled fibers that you compress to turn into delightful crafts. Most of the crafts in this book don't even need sewing skills, really only using a using a felting needle and sponge to complete the projects. Crafting with Cat Hair includes instructions on how to make charming finger puppets and mini portraits of your cat entirely out of cat hair and then goes on to crafts like tote bags, mittens and gloves that you can apply the cat felt on top of. The book also contains several two page spreads of cat facts from why cats have no smell, to the differences between a topcoat and an undercoat. And the back of the book includes profiles of the sweet felines who "donated" hair to the book. My favorite project was the lovable three-dimensional mini portraits you can make of your own cat. I can't wait to make one of my Siamese kitten once he's sheding enough hair, his portrait will be (almost) as cute as he is!
Vibrantly designed book with some really adorable crafts. A must-read for cat people!
I am not a crafty person (last in line when God was handing out talent in that area), but I do have a cat. And she Sheds! I brush her often and with her offerings my friends are trying out the projects. Rather, I hang around for support, snack, and drinks while they have fun. I never realized what you could do with cat hair besides complain about it. The finger puppets are great for kids.
I like cats and I like crafts!
Who knew about cat hair?
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