Tarot had apparently been browsing ETSY and decided she needed a felt cat cave, and since we live in the Enchanted Land of Felt, my daughter Paige and I decided to make her one!
Here’s how we made the felt cat cave
I purchased the roving from etsy, the fabric, resist and bamboo mats from Living Felt.
We decided we wanted to make a large, stone shaped cave, so we cut the resist into a circle about 28″ across. We did this outside on the deck, because we knew there would be a lot of water, I can’t imagine trying to do this indoors.
we layed the resist on a plastic table cloth and placed white core roving in small sections ( about 2 inches) all facing the same direction until it was covered entirely,
with about a 1 inch overhang
We then placed a second layer going in the opposite direction. We placed the fabric over the whole thing, and gently poured very hot water onto it, until it was saturated. We then added a bit of soap and rubbed the entire thing, being careful not to displace the fibers. Then we removed the fabric and folded the “overhang” underneath, and flipped the whole thing over. We repeated the entire process on this side.
We then flipped it over and did the whole process again, with the gray roving, flipped it again, and did it again. We placed the bamboo and bubble wrap atop the whole thing and rolled it up, kind of like a jelly roll, we rocked it back and fourth for several minutes, flipped it over and repeated this process several times.
At this point we could tell the the roving had felted into solid fabric, so I gathered the entire thing and put it into the bathroom sink, where i rinsed and agitated it in hot water.
I took it back outside, determined where I wanted the opening, and cut a small oval, and took out the resist. I then cut the opening larger and filled the whole thing with dry towels and left it out in the sun to dry.
After it dried completely, I removed the towels, and it was done! We Had a felt cat cave!
Tarot loved it and hopped in immediately,( Ace the ferret likes it too!) although she usually jumps on top of it, squashing it flat, and lays on it like that!
Things I learned for next time!!!
It takes several hours, and there was 2 of us working on it.
The water should be as hot as you can stand it, gloves might have helped.
We used 2 pounds of roving, it would have been better ( and sturdier) if we had used more, maybe another layer on each side.
Using white core wool as a center layer is cheaper, but you can see some peeking through where the layers shifted, this can be remedied by using more roving, or using all one color.
do you have any comments or questions about how we made our felt cat cave?
I think I may try to make a few tiny caves, more like pods, for little things like cotton balls or whatever, i’ll post pics if I do! Until then, I am, as ever, closer to the edge….