Nyan Cat Kitty Costume

Remember the Giant Felt Popt-tart? Well, here’s who I made it for:

Our cat, Shadow, went as Nyan Cat this Halloween. He enjoyed it immensely, as you can see.

Not familiar with the Nyan Cat phenomenon? Here’s the pastry cat in all his glory:

No, nothing else happens. There’s no need to watch the whole thing.

Anyway, I thought I’d give an update to the tutorial on how to turn a felt Pop-tart into a Nyan Cat kitty costume.

Nyan Cat Costume Tutorial

1. Follow the instructions to make a felt Pop-tart here, but before sewing around the pastry edges (Number 5), pin some rainbow ribbon or fabric into one of the short edges. I used three ribbon strands of each color (about 1 yard in length) because I coudn’t find any rainbow fabric, but fabric would be easier to deal with. If you use ribbon, running a regular glue stick across the inside edge of the felt helps to position and hold the ribbon before sewing.

2. Finish Pop-tart as per instructions. Then cut two small rectangles (mine were 2″ x 3″) out of felt, a stronger material, or both. (I made two of cotton and two of felt to cover them.) Fold the rectangles in half, and cut twice into the folded edge. Unfold.

Tutorial – Giant Pop-tart

I made this giant felt Pop-tart the other night. Can you guess what it’s for? Hint: Halloween is coming up, and I have a gray cat…

EDIT: Nyan Cat costume tutorial here.

I didn’t take many pictures as I made it, but maybe I can explain and make this a bit of a tutorial (if for any reason you would want to make a large fabric pop-tart in the future!).

Giant Felt Pop-tart

Supplies:

  • 2 pieces pastry/peach-colored felt (11.5″ x 8.5″)
  • 1 piece light pink felt
  • darker pink/fuchsia acrylic or fabric paint
  • 10.5″ x 7.5″ piece of cardboard (I cut mine from a box.)
  • matching thread
  • fiber-fill or batting
  • white acrylic or fabric paint (optional)
  • white sparkles/glue with sparkles (optional)

1. Cut the light pink felt piece down about a three-fourths of an inch all the way around UNEVENLY. You want it to be slightly scalloped to give it more of an icing-on-pastry look. It will be about 10″ x 7″.

2. Cut around a pastry-colored piece of felt slightly, just to make the edges uneven like the pink piece.

3. Spread out some fiber-fill or cut down a piece of batting to slightly smaller than the pink felt piece. Place the batting/fiber-fill on the cut pastry piece and place the pink icing piece on top. Pin in place.

Tutorial – Shoe Organizer

The other day I tried to put a bunch of shoes away that have been collecting under my dresser, and around it, and… well, let’s just call it a “shoe infestation.” I’ve been really into flats this summer, and I guess it shows.

Anyway, I found that I really didn’t have a place to put all of them in my closet. I have a shoe stand, but it seems better for larger shoes, not little flats. I can’t hang over-the-door or hangs-from-the-closet-rod organizers due to the accordion doors and limited space. But I was able to find one tall, skinny piece of wall left open that was just wide enough for a pair of shoes…

Suddenly, I had just had to make a shoe organizer.

I tried to take pictures and write down instructions as I went. This is my first tutorial… ever. So, here goes!

 

Fabric Shoe Organizer with Box Pleats

Supplies

  • About two yards of cotton fabric (for the length)*
  • Tape measure
  • Pins
  • Scissors
  • Thread
  • Iron
  • Sewing machine (unless you really like sewing by hand)

*For fabric, I actually used a twin-sized flat sheet. Sheets have many uses besides just lying on top of beds – they are wider than most fabrics from the store and are often cheaper, so they make great fabric.

The space I wanted my organizer to fit was 70″ long by 8″ wide, so that is the size of my organizer. However, it would not be difficult to change the dimensions.

First, if you are using a sheet, cut off the hem down one side. (You are welcome to pick out the stitching to save fabric, of course, it would just take some time and for me this was a quick and dirty easy project.)

 

Next, starting from the top of the sheet (head), cut a strip for the back of the organizer. For simplicity’s sake, I added 1″ seam allowances all around, so my piece was 72″ long by 10″ wide.

 

I cut two strips for my backing to make sure it was strong (being that it was going to hold several pairs of shoes).

 

Now it’s time for the pockets. First I measured a pair of my flats across the largest part to make sure I cut the pockets big enough.

It took 3″ more to go around the tops of my shoes than straight across the back. I wear a size 8 to 9 in flats (is that weird?). If you wear a much smaller or larger size, or want to fit a more substantial shoe (though I woudn’t suggest boots!), you’ll want to measure your own shoes before you cut your pockets out.

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