This tutorial takes you step by step through felting a cat cave, including flowers, grass, flower buds, and advanced blocking.
These cat caves are made directly from unspun, carded wool using the wet felting process. There is no knitting involved.
This project is for the felter who wants to take on a large, multi-day project. Not recommended for beginners. If you have never done resist felting before and want an introduction on a smaller scale, I would recommend my Felted Bowls tutorial first.
This tutorial took countless hours to write, photograph, and edit. It contains copyrighted material and may not be duplicated without consent of the author.
You may sell your cat caves! Just do not share or sell my instructions or use any of my photos. Thank you.
Instructions are separated into 8 Sections
-Adding Flowers and Grass
-Strengthen and Shrink
-Harden and Shape
PDF file is 7.7 MB
Contains over 275 photos
Felting your first cat cave will take between 10-15 hours (I would suggest working in 2-4 hour bursts, you can wait several hours, days or longer in between steps). There is detailed information about how to keep it wet (or when not to keep it wet) in the instructions, to help you decide when is a good stopping point.
The wool you will need (NOT INCLUDED):
~900g (32oz) brown,
~50g (1.7oz) dark brown,
~100g (3.5oz) yellow-green,
~50g (1.7oz) rust-red
Amounts are approximate and may vary according to taste (artistic design and desired thickness).
Other supplies you will need are shown in photo #4, which is a page from the tutorial.
HOW TO CLEAN YOUR FINISHED CAT CAVE:
Felt attracts cat hair the same way carpet does. However, unless you use white or black felt, it's generally disguised and blends in. Always hand wash and air dry on a towel. Never put it in a washing machine or dryer (this can damage it and/or irreparably change its shape).
Light cleaning: Use a vacuum to remove debris and hair.
Stuck-on dirt: Spot-clean by taking a damp wash cloth (warm water) and rub over the surface the same way you would clean a carpet. You can use small amounts of soap. Rinse clean with a clean damp washcloth.
Extreme mess: Say the cat decides to pee for example, and the mess is absorbed by the felt. To clean, submerge the affected area in warm water and squeeze under water to remove the mess. You can use soap. Ensure all soap is rinsed out before drying. Do the final rinse with super cold water to help re-harden the area.
In all cases after cleaning, reshape (important) and let dry on a towel. You can use any kind of soap (liquid hand soap, laundry soap, or a bar of soap for example).
These cat caves are very firmly felted and dense, which means they can endure rubbing and warm water without changing shape. Hand cleaning will not damage the item. Washing machines can and will damage the item. Avoid extremely hot water, always use warm water.
I have been an artist all my life. After learning of its existence in 2007, I became fascinated with felting. Like all my hobbies, I dove in head first and wanted to know everything there was to know about it. I spent so much time in my local wool store that I became friends with everyone who worked there. Less than a year later, I was teaching classes and sharing my passion with beginners. I am ...
I have been an artist all my life. After learning of its existence in 2007, I became fascinated with felting. Like all my hobbies, I dove in head first and wanted to know everything there was to know about it. I spent so much time in my local wool store that I became friends with everyone who worked there. Less than a year later, I was teaching classes and sharing my passion with beginners. I am still teaching to this day. I pride myself on my teaching style, which is casual and entertaining, but very detailed. Over my years of teaching, I have learned the most common questions and mistakes that students make on different projects, and how to guide them to success. In 2012 I wrote my first online tutorial in preparation for publishing a book. My plan is to write a collection of tutorials, and then choose the most popular to be projects in my book (not published yet). Each tutorial takes a couple of months to photograph, write and edit in my spare time. I am really looking forward to more.