I am not a cat person. Truth be told, I am not an anything person as I am allergic to just about everything. Whatever gene it is that makes people melt at the sight of sweet, little kittens playing with an over-sized ball of yarn is the same one that was replaced in me by the gene that makes my eyes swell shut so I can't even see those precious, little kittens. I have nothing against animals, or a person's deep bond with them; I only mention it because as I was browsing through some vintage issues of Better Living, I found a cat that changed my thinking and my life.
|Better Living - October 1951|
The Cat's Whiskers Bag on the cover of the October 1951 issue of Better Living seemed like an ideal wacky tacky project. It became even wackier seeing as it is February 21 and the purse is described as an "Amusing Handbag for Fall." Leave it to me to disobey the better thinking of the editors at Better Living. Anyhow, despite my hyper-histamine reaction to all things feline, I set out to make the cat's whiskers bag. Below are the materials list and the instructions from the magazine should you choose to make a Cat's Whiskers Bag of your own.
* 1/4 yd. of felt
* A bit of contrasting felt (I used vinyl)
* 2 Buttons for eyes
* 5 Pipe cleaners
* Embroidery floss
|The instructions for this "Better Living original."|
|Resources from the back of Better Living.|
I looked up Bates Fabrics and the only mention I could find
was in a blog post from What I Found.
|The finished Cat's Whiskers Bag.|
Aside from the felt and pipe cleaners, I used only what was in the
stash including the zipper, iridescent, aqua vinyl, and vintage,
faceted lucite buttons. MEOW!!!
I am still deathly allergic to cats, but I will "let the cat out of the bag" and admit that there may be a little room for a cat-lover in all of us.