Another love of my life is cats. Some other wag said "Cats are magic!" and try as I might, I cannot improve on that. Cats have their own distinct personalities and we (who are not their 'owners' except as we kid ourselves) are never allowed to forget that. Yet (in my experience) the great majority of cats freely choose to give abundant affection. [I only ever met two who didn't and both of them had been seriously abused by humans in their kittenhood]. I have been lucky enough to have shared my roof with several cats, now deceased and I miss them profoundly. I can say, without exception, those felines never gave me cause to weep, except as associated with their own ill-health or death. I celebrate them, their love, their beauty, their sense of fun and their ineffable magic!
So, in my spare moments, I like to sew for cats. As I mess about with my sewing machines (often spending hours per bed) I enjoy the work because I am doing it solely for love of cats and a great personal need to not lose my grip on that love. In truth, I must donate the finished articles to shelters and I have experienced considerable difficulty in finding institutions locally which are 1) willing to even accept them and 2) treat them with just a little consideration for all the work I put into them.
A lot of these pieces of fabric are garments gone-wrong or long-since abandoned. Unfortunately, I think you can still tell...urk!
Another dear lady gives me bits of leftover quilt batting and I often jigsaw that together too before I even start with the top fabric (great way to use up that wretched cheap thread that I have lying around).
Hey, what use is sewing if one can't do crazy experiments? I'm not too sure this was one of my success stories (eek, there's a lot of drag along the bottom edge). What I was attempting here is 'cording'. There's a little hole in one of those devilishly-engineered presser feet that accepts heavy thread (I used old, waxed top-stitch thread). This gets pulled along as the machine sews and it lays along the top like a piece of ribbon. So I zig-zag stitched (narrow stitch width but long stitch length) to anchor it down. Now I'm worried that kitties may pull it up with their claws.