Scrap Happy, Cat Happy

Scrap Happy is that time of the month when our host Kate encourages us to bust out the scraps and give them a new life. It’s open to everyone.

Queen B on her lap pad

This is Queen B. She loves sitting on my sister’s lap, but her sharp claws go right though Sharon’s clothes. I thought it would be fun to make a lap pad that would be pleasing to them both, protecting Sharon’s legs while providing warmth.

The lap pad needed to be thick and warm, but I also wanted it to have some weight to keep it in place.

I used three disparate scraps to pull this together: Leftover Minka fabric from my sister’s shrug project,

Minka scrap

terrycloth cut-off from the bottom of a long robe,

and a linen calendar, a gift from my friend Marcia in 2018.

Linen cat calendar

I doubled up on the terry cloth, essentially making one piece out of two scraps. I sewed the layers together in a few places to stabilize. The outer layer uses the linen cat calendar and the Minka.

I tested the pad before delivering it and it is warm and cozy.

Sleepy kitty

Kate, thanks for keeping us organized and engaged. See more inspiration at the links below:

Kate, our hostGun, EvaSue, Lynn, Lynda,
Birthe, Turid, Susan, Cathy,  Tracy, Jill,
Claire, JanMoira, SandraChris,
KerryClaireJeanJon, HayleyDawn,
Gwen, Bekki, Sue L, Sunny, Kjerstin,
Vera, NanetteAnn, Dawn 2, Noreen,
Bear, Carol, PreetiEdithDebbierose, and Jule

46 thoughts on “Scrap Happy, Cat Happy

  1. Of course the title of your post caught my eye, and I was delighted to see sweet little Queen B prominently featured! What a cutie! I do remember her claws — they never fully retract. What a great idea, and such a thoughtful gift, to make a protective and comfy lap pad for Sharon and Queen B! And naturally, your artistic talent and skillful craftsmanship turned out a beautiful piece.

    It warms my heart to see Sharon and Queen B enjoying each other’s company, and I remain ever grateful to you, Alys, for facilitating their connection.


  2. My pleasure, and I always enjoy coming here to see what your creative brain has devised. I’m surprise Her Majesty doesn’t demand the minky side for extra soft coziness, I know Mouse would…


  3. What a great use of those scraps and unused items. I’m sure Sharon and Queen B are both grateful for the practicality and the beauty of that lap pad. I know how much Sharon loves purple. Let nothing go to waste.


  4. Clever you ! I’m sure Sharon is enjoying it as much as Queen B. BTW, what does the B stand for? How do you organize scraps of fabric? Do you have a bin or draw somewhere? I’m in the process of organizing all my DMC Floss onto little skeins that fit into a small clear box. I’m enjoying the rainbow that’s transpiring. I kept buying the same colours over again, LOL ! 💗🥰


    • Sharon’s kitty used to live on Beverly Street. When Alicia rescued her, she called her Beverly. Sharon said that her kitty is a queen so she calls her “Queen B.” Cute, eh?

      I have a small ottoman that I use to store my fabric scraps. I don’t have that many to be honest, so it all fits. How exciting to be sorting your floss into bins. I hope you’ll share a photo when you’re done.

      Your stitching is always pristine. Everytime I see it I’m reminded of my days of embroidery, needlpoint, rug-hooking, etc. Time seemed infinite in my youth. I really enjoyed it. You make magic at the end of that needle. xo

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      • gah, thanks hon! I love the texture it adds. I got a whack of variegated floss b4 Christmas and it’s all so pretty. I did finish my sorting on the weekend. All labeled with my pink P-touch 😀 The fact that it’s pink makes the task more fun.
        So an ottoman hey? You always seem to have just what you need.
        What a fun story about Queen Beverly! I’m so happy she has a forever home with Sharon 💗🥰

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        • I’m so glad she’s with Sharon, too. They are made for each other. On the subject of P-touch, I’m thinking of getting a new one. Mine is 14 years old, so while it still works, it lacks all the improvements of the newer ones. I use a newer version downtown, and I like it so much better: the tape is easier to peel in half, the cutting tool is on the right instead of the left, the buttons are more readable, etc. It’s a handy gadget that I use again and again.

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