How to Make Cat Show Curtains

Written by jorina fontelera
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For most cat shows, rules require exhibitors to cover the top, bottom and three sides of their show cage. Exhibitors normally adhere to this rule by using cat show curtains. The standard cage size is 22 inches by 22 inches by 45 inches. Usually, each presenter gets only half of a regular cage for their cat, thereby making the cage measurement 22 inches by 22 inches by 22 inches. Check your cat show entry packet for details. Cat curtains should be made to fit a standard cage, but you can fold the curtains if you only get half the cage. Most shows will give the option to use both halves of the regular cage.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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Things you need

  • 90 inch or 2.45 yard-long fabric
  • 108 inch or 2.80 yard-long fabric
  • 56-inch long fabric or lace
  • 10 to 15 bulldog clips
  • Sewing machine or needle and thread

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Instructions

  1. 1

    Use a sewing machine to hem the ends of all three pieces of fabric so you do not have frayed ends. If you do not have a sewing machine, hand-sew the ends by folding a 1/2 inch of the edge over and sewing it to the fabric with needle and thread to make a clean edge.

  2. 2

    Place the 56-inch long fabric or lace on the show table and place the cage on top of the fabric to hold it in place. Most fabric is sold 45 inches wide, so you only need to worry about the length.

  3. 3

    Fold one edge of the 108-inch long fabric over the front wire of one of the side walls of the cage. Hold in place with a binder clip at the top and bottom corners. Wrap the fabric around the side, back wall and opposite side wall and secure the other end of the fabric to the front wire of the other side. This leaves the front of the cage open to the public. Secure the other edge with bulldog clips to the top and bottom corner, as well. Using bulldog clips, secure the fabric to the wires on the back wall and at the other corners of the cage.

  4. 4

    Drape the 90-inch fabric on top of the cage. Drape six inches of fabric over the front. Secure this fabric to the top of the cage with bulldog clips.

Tips and warnings

  • Use the same colour thread to hem the edges of the fabric. This helps have a clean edge.
  • Do not use safety pins or twisty ties to secure the cat show curtains to the cages. These will create holes in the fabric and take longer to remove after the show.

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