The whole gang headed to a few flea markets over the weekend. I came home with a new companion for a mere $4 and Seb got the dream home for his menagerie of stuffed feline friends for $10.
He has spent several months begging me to “get some wood” and build a house for his cats. As much as I love DIY, I’m pretty accident prone (reckless?) when it comes to my adventures and the amount of sharp tools needed for woodworking has put me off wanting to give it a try myself. I like my fingers too much!
Even though we ended up buying his kitty dream home (or “Kitty Fun House” as Seb calls it) he was enthusiastic over the prospect of making the furniture ourselves. I had a wood box (that I believe Melissa and Doug magnets came in originally) holding miscellaneous bits in my desk drawer that I thought would be perfect for a bed. The bits in the box really needed for me to sort it better anyways. Seb wanted to make the mattress and bedding himself with his “machine”.
The “machine” (aka. the “Sew Cool” that I grabbed for less than $15 on Amazon and blogged before over here) is less a sewing machine and more a needle felting machine. It works great with the cheap-o felt you can buy at any craft store and has a plastic guard around the needles that prevents any little (or big) fingers from getting in the danger zone. That guard does make sliding thicker layers underneath a little tricky for younger kids such as Seb and I helped him get the layers started.