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Anti-Cat Upholstery - first draft!

Added Jul 23, 2010

by keren

Tel Aviv, Israel






My beloved cats (I have two) consider my sofa to be their scratching post. So I bought some fabric and sewed covers for the sofa arms :-)

I am very pleased with the result, BUT I don’t like the color I chose – I don’t think it matches the sofa fabric too well. Also one of the covers is shorter than the other because at first I made the short one and then I thought I should make it longer… Well, now I know what length to make next time! The cats will probably wreck it anyway!

I will probably make them again in a different fabric. The easy choice would be a natural colored cotton (undyed). Or I might find some other crazy upholstery fabric to try…

The last photo is of the sofa with the cat claw damage… :-P

Tell me what you think!

Material Notes

1.5 meters of heavy dark blue denim cotton – I used the wrong side.



Related Techniques


Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Garment Type
Casual, Classic
Corduroy, Cotton, Denim

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  • Mom_theo-2_large

    Jul 29, 2011, 04.33 PMby anuchka

    Interesting! Have you heard of Bella Dura fabric? It’s eco-friendly because it’s made from recycled materials and it’s very durable. I chose this fabric to make a new upholstery for my couch. I have not started my project yet though.

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      Aug 1, 2011, 06.40 AMby keren

      Thanks for your comment! I live in Israel and the range of fabrics is limited… I already bought a heavy weight natural cotton for this project – problem with it is that it’s practically impossible to iron, being so thick. I’ll check out Bella Dura fabric online though! :-) I’d love to see your upholstery project when it’s completed!

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      Aug 1, 2011, 06.46 AMby keren

      Just checked Bella-Dura’s website… This is going to be very bad for my bank account!! They have such stunning fabrics!

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    Jul 26, 2010, 09.08 AMby robygiup

    Great idea!!! Of course a different color would be better, and both of the longest length. Waiting to see the next version!

    Luckily I have only a red fish, it can’t cause much damage to my handmade sofa lining… :D

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    Jul 23, 2010, 06.16 PMby lizajane09

    This is a great idea. I’m thinking about tackling a slip cover for my couch. My two cats have taken it upon to tear out the bottom of my couch and now I think they’re clawing their way out from the inside.

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    Jul 23, 2010, 04.04 PMby libbysharf

    I too think it’s very clever! My dog likes to jump on my white sofa and leave ginger hair on it… so I had to sew some coverings too.

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    Jul 23, 2010, 03.11 PMby suzetewilliams

    hahahaha, I’m so happy that I’m not the only one with this problem. I too have two cats and one of them used to like scratching on my sofa. Luckily I bought a scratching post and put it next to the sofa and she has stopped going for the sofa… well, almost – if she gets overexcited she tries, but she doesn’t like being shouted at so she looks at me first and then runs away.

    Anyway good solution and good job, but hope you find a fabric that matches your sofa as I like the colour of your sofa.

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    Jul 23, 2010, 03.01 PMby domestic-divaonline

    I agree with you about the fabric and the length. But you came up with a great and inexpensive solution to a big problem! You took to heart the saying “Necessity is the mother of invention.” Kudos!

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    Jul 23, 2010, 01.45 PMby violetsky

    Such a clever idea, I might have to take inspiration from you, as I have a cheeky cat that likes killing my sofas.

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    Jul 23, 2010, 01.25 PMby aggelicat .)

    very nice job!!

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    Jul 23, 2010, 01.05 PMby Natalia *

    Great job. This is quite a clever way of deterring your cats, or at least covering up what they’ve already done. I like the fabric you used, but I agree, it doesn’t match the rest of the chair. My cat has ruined my living room chair as well, but there is no way for me to fix it, unless I re-upholster the whole thing.

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