These endearingly whimsical fabric cats are designed and made by Malgo Amos. Each cat is beautifully packaged by Malgo, and available to buy from her UK Etsy shop, Whisper of the Pipit. 10% of profits from Almo’s shop are donated to TAG, a charity which supports people with arthrogryposis – a rare congenital disorder.
Above: Spring Cat, £15.00.
Tuxedo Cat, £15.00.
White Cat, £15.00.
Set of 3 Fabric Cats, £19.00.
And there’s plenty more where these came from! Check out the rest of the Whisper of the Pipit cat range, and take advantage of the current discount code SPRING10, which will knock 10% of your purchase if you spend more than £15.00. Plus, every Whisper of the Pipit customer will receive a ‘Thank You’ email containing further promo codes.
These beautiful black cats feature on a range of minimalist homeware and bags from Jin Designs, all of which is made in the UK. The company was started by Jinny Ursell, whose designs have a subtle, modern style aimed at people who appreciate the simple things in life. Jinny’s lovely Sleeping Cat is inspired by her childhood cat, Mittle. (I love it when designs are based on real cats!) I’m not sure about Sitting Cat‘s origins, but he/she is equally cute!
Left: Sitting Cat Cushion – £27.00. Right: Sleeping Cat Cushion – £27.00.
Left: Sitting Cat Mug – £12.00. Right: Sleeping Cat Mug – £12.00.
Left: Sitting Cat Tea Towel – £10.00. Right: Sleeping Cat Tea Towel – £10.00.
Left: Sleeping Cat Bag - £15.00. Right: Sitting Cat Bag – £15.00.
There are also multi-pack deals to be had on some Sitting Cat and Sleeping Cat products – check out the Jin Designs Shop for details.
British designer Sophie Allport has just launched her Cat Collection, which features black cats and white fish bones on a dark olive background. The collection includes loads of lovely homeware items, a few bits and bobs of stationery and also fabric by the metre.
Prices are pretty reasonable, starting at £6 for a Cat Tea Towel, and the rather dinky Cat Egg Cosy.
The Cat Collection range is very comprehensive – 30 pieces in total – and I’ve been trying to decide which items I like best. After much deliberation I’ve awarded the Cat Ironing Board Cover (£18.00) and the Cat Carrier Bag Holder (£8.00) the dubious honour of being My Favourites.
Not the most glamorous of objects, I know, but undeniably practical; and just you try finding alternative attractive cat versions of said objects. It’s impossible, I tell you. Impossible!
These cute knitted cats, are designed and made by Sara Carr. The cats are knitted from lambswool and have hand-embroidered faces and tails.
Jerry (top), Priscilla (left) and Margo (right) are available from Sara’s aptly named UK Etsy shop, Sara Carr, priced at £31.30 – £34.43. The cats are made to order, so you need to allow three days for your order to be made and despatched. (Which – if you’re looking for a gift, or dropping hints about your own pressie - still leaves enough time for them to arrive by Valentine’s Day, providing there’s no delay with the post.)
Here’s a handy cat-themed way to keep the screens on your smartphones, tablets, laptops etc. sparkling clean. Stickems screen cleaners are made from ultra-fine microfibres with a self-cling backing, so can be attached to the reverse of your device ready to wipe any annoying smears from your screen. The microfibres will remove dirt, oils, grease and make-up, leaving your screens squeaky clean, and the re-usable backing has been formulated not to leave a residue on your gadgets.
Stickems have more designs to choose from than you can shake a stick(em!) at (sorry about that – I’ve had a long day), but my favourite is the splendid folk art-inspired Cats Miaow by Alexandra Snowdon.
The Cats Miaow Large Stickem 30mm x 38mm (above) is available for £3.99, and The Cats Miaow Supersize Stickem 50mm x 90mm (top) will set you back £4.99.
The Cheshire Cat Cushion is screen printed on both sides with images taken from beautifully intricate ink drawings by British artist, Rory Dobner. On one side the Cheshire cat can be seen sporting a very fine monocle, and on the other he’s removed his eye-piece to show off his amazing peepers to their full potential.
The Cheshire Cat Cushion measures 45cm x 45cm and is made from heavy-duty cotton with a feather filling (so not vegan-friendly I’m afraid). Available for £95.00 from Rocket St George.
If (like me!) your home accessories budget doesn’t really extend to 95 quid cushions, fear not: the Cheshire cat and his monocle are also available in tea towel form for £14.00 – made from 100% linen and measuring a generous 75cm x 48cms.
Lovely, isn’t he? And far too nice to do the drying up with. I reckon that with the aid of some iron-on interfacing and a sewing machine you could easily transform one of these tea towels into a cushion, and save yourself quite a few quid in the process! I’m tempted to give it a go myself.