This weeks crafty blog post is all about your cat! Here at Wagtail and Willow
we love animals,and we can’t think of anything better than seeing your pet happy.
What you will need:
- a cat
- a medium t-shirt
- a 15 x 15 inch piece of cardboard (mine was 13×15 and a little wonky)
- two wire hangers
- safety pins
- something to cut the hangers with and help bend them – I used a large pair of pliers.
Step 1: Cut off both hook ends of the coat hanger.
Step 2: Shape the hangers so they look like the below – try to make them smooth
and pretty uniform. You want two graceful curves that will go from corner to corner
of your piece of cardboard.
I also took this time to tape on a couple supports to the cardboard and tape all
around the edges for a little more stability. This is really only necessary if
you’re using a piece of cardboard with a crease in it.
Step 3: Next poke a hole in each corner, you should be able to use the end of the hanger to do this!
Make sure it’s at least a half inch in from each edge and not too large.
Step 4: Cross the two hangers in the middle and make sure all the ends touch the
surface you’re working on. Tape them together really well so they don’t shift.
Push the ends through the holes you just made in the corners.
Step 5: Bend at least an inch on the bottom of each hanger so it sits against
the bottom of the cardboard. Tape the ends down flat against the cardboard –
make sure you tape it well so it’s nice and smooth and won’t snag the shirt
when you pull it over!
Step 6: At this point you can bend the wire so that it looks nicer – fiddle
around with it and use the pliers if you need to straighten it out a bit.
Step 7: Pull the shirt over the tent frame and position it so the neck hole is
in the front middle and the bottom of the shirt is trailing behind the tent frame.
Flip the whole thing up so the bottom is facing you and the hole is pointing upwards
.Fold up the excess from the bottom of the shirt and tighten it up so the neck hole
is taut and safety pin the bottom in place. Then pull the sleeves tight and safety
pin them in place too. As you can see in the last image, it should be pretty tight
over the frame. Keep tucking and safety pinning until it’s ready!(Yes, I know it
would make sense to cut it, but I decided to leave it whole and safety pin it instead
so it would be easy to remove and wash.
Step 8: Give it to your cat!