PIY: Embroidered Cat Sweater

Embroidered Cat Sweater

HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • A sweater. Grab one from your closet, your favorite store, or the thrift store. Any kind of fabric will work with embroidery, but I chose a fine knit sweater I had hanging in my closet.
  • Embroidery supplies. Most importantly, an embroidery or upholstery needle and scissors. You can get fancier if you want with an embroidery loom or fancy water-dissolving paper to apply your stencil to, rather than the fabric itself.
  • Embroidery thread
  • Exacto knife and cutting matt
  • Printer and paper

STEP 1:

Print out a cat face template or draw your own cat face onto some paper. Since I’m a graphic designer myself, I created an illustration on my computer and printed it out.

Use your exacto knife to cut out all the black parts of the image. If you print out a more detailed image, it might help to trace over it to create an image that only consists of simple lines.

STEP 2:

Place your completed stencil over your sweater and trace the lines onto the fabric. I did not have any kind of fabric marker on hand, so I just used a light-colored pen. You can also buy some fancy embroidery water-dissolving paper that you can trace your stencil on to, then embroider over your actual fabric. Once you go to wash your sweater, the paper will dissolve away.

NOTE: You probably should not machine wash your completed sweater.

STEP 3:

Backstitch around the entire stencil, outlining the eyes and nose as well as all other parts of the face. Check out the video for a quick illustration of how to start your backstitch.

STEP 4:

Finish by filling the eyes and nose with a satin stitch. That’s just a fancy name for a really long stitch that starts at one side of the eye or nose, and goes back down at the other side; filling in the space stitch-by-stitch, line-by-line.

You can download the cat face I used for this video here.


PIY: Cat Magnets

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Painted Cat Magnets

HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • Animal figurines. You can get these at art supplies stores or toy stores. Use whatever animal is your favorite!
  • Acrylic paint. Spray paint will also work well, but we chose acrylics as they’re easier to work with and non-toxic.
  • Paint brush or sponge applicator.
  • Super glue
  • Mini magnets (also found at art supplies stores)

STEP 1:

Begin by painting your animal figurine white. Why? Painting a coat of white first will make your top coat of color much more vibrant. If you’re painting a black panther yellow, the white base coat will make it look much better. But if you’re painting a swan black, you can probably skip this step.

Paint one half of the animal while you hold the other half in your hand. Let it dry before you complete painting the other half. Or, you can get messy and paint it all in one go.

Speaking of messy, acrylic paints wash clean with just water while still wet. I recommend having a cup of water nearby to place your brush in when you’re not using it so that the paint doesn’t dry and clump up on the brush.
Once the paint dries, however, it’s there forever. If you get paint on your clothes, immediately wash clean with soap and water.

STEP 2:

After the white base coat has fully dried, paint the cat whatever color you want. Depending on your color, you may want to do 2 coats.

STEP 3:

Once the paint fully dries, apply a drop of glue to the back of your cat, place the magnet over the glue and wait to dry.

We tried out a hot glue gun, which didn’t work well with the plastic animal figurines, but super glue worked great.

Play around with painting patterns on your animal, or skip all the paint and slap a magnet on the animal as is!

PIY: Temporary Tattoo Nail Art

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Welcome to the first episode of Pudge’s DIY show: Pudge-it-Yourself! Every Wednesday you can join Pudge making DIY cat crafts. Today, let’s chat about nail art using temporary tattoo paper.

HERE’S WHAT YOU’LL NEED:

  • An InkJet printer. (Or, if you buy tattoo paper made for a LaserJet printer, then you’ll need a LaserJet printer instead of an InkJet printer.)
  • Temporary Tattoo transfer paper. You can find this at your local art supplies store.
  • A light, opaque nail polish as well as clear topcoat
  • Scissors
  • Cotton balls or a towel
  • Water

STEP 1:

Begin by setting up your artwork on your computer. I used Pudge’s face, but you can grab a photo of any of your favorite internet cats or a photo of your own cat. Or anything else you’d like to have on your nails, like butterflies and unicorns.

Measure your nail bed to find out how big or small your artwork should be. A centimeter to a half-centimeter wide in diameter should work well.

Load the tattoo paper into your printer as per the instructions on the package and print out your artwork.

STEP 2:

Allow the ink on the tattoo paper to dry for at least a few minutes before moving on to apply the sheet of adhesive.

Follow the instructions on your tattoo paper package, gently pressing down the adhesive from the top of the paper towards the bottom, being careful not to leave any wrinkles or large bubbles. Your tattoo paper might come with a squeegee for smoothing everything out, but a credit card works just as well.

STEP 3:

Cut out your decals, making sure to trim as close to the edge of your artwork as possible (rather than just cutting a square around it)


STEP 4:

Paint your nails. The tattoo paper is semi-transparent, so your decals won’t show up very well on darker polishes. Lighter colors work best. You could also skip this step and apply the decal directly to your nail.

Allow polish to fully dry before moving on to the next step.

STEP 5:

Begin applying the decals by peeling back the clear plastic layer, exposing the adhesive. Position the decal on your nail face-down.

Soak a cotton ball or towel in water, press and hold over the decal for a few seconds. Remove the paper backing, revealing your awesome new nail art.

STEP 6:

Keep the decal protected and longer-lasting by applying at least two coats of clear polish or even a clear gel.