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Old 04-15-2014, 08:16 AM   #1
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"Hat" for a small table?
We recently purchased a small wooden table to keep between our couch and front door. Perfect spot to lay keys, purse, books, etc so we don't forget these items as we're going out the door.

But...Kitty says it's also a perfect place to jump up and lay on to watch the world go by out the window by the door.

For now we have a small cloth on this table to help protect it from inevitable cat-claw marks and scratches. Every time Kitty jumps up though, the cloth moves slightly; by the time we get home from work the cloth is usually on the floor. So I'm wondering how I'd go about making a fitted "hat" that would stay in place. I've made several hats for people and some for dolls...but none of them have a rectangular head! Any ideas on how something like this could be done? Dimensions are 11"x30".

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Old 04-15-2014, 09:44 AM   #2
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Is the table solid (pedestal/stand) or open (legged) underneath?

1) Ties under the table.
2) Ties under the corners (about/inside the legs).
3) Gathered edge (with elastic or pull tie).
4) Fitted cloth.

Avoid any really long ties/straps as these will no doubt catch kitty's attention too.

5) Use clips (picnic tables) to hold edges down/in place.
6) Apply grip-backing to cloth.

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Old 04-15-2014, 10:04 AM   #3
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3) Make something slightly wider than the table. Sew elastic around the perimeter in the seam so it will grip/hold the table top edge/lip. Kind of like a beret (narrow under the lip, wider at the edge, then the top). You might be able to do this with a drawstring too (make eyelet holes around the edge, weave in string and tie the underside down).
A mini fitted sheet. Good idea!
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