Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Introducing Debra of Sleepy Cat Designs



 Debra has two passions that drove her to open her online stores. 

Fabric and Kitty Cats! 

 Debra told me,  
"I love fabric...oh yes...I really love fabric!"

She began with Sew Bizzy Gifts and after she noticed that she had accumulated a ton of fabric with kitties on it, she opened up Sleepy Cat Designs.


Debra loves sewing and using fabric in her many crafts, and she has quite a variety of items for sale between her two Artfire studios.

It is not surprising in the least that she has been sewing for 40 years!

Cats all over the world are enjoying Debra's collars!

But you won't hear Debra brag about that fact because she is rather humbled and feels honored that the cat's people like what she makes enough to purchase them!

If you are wondering who this handsome kitty is, why, that would be Debra's one and only, Chester!

Although Debra loves cats and would like to have one or two more, her current circumstances allow her to only care for Chester; however, Chester doesn't mind being Debra's one and only!  She says, "I'm grateful I can still have one kitty who keeps me company, makes me laugh, and brightens my little world immensely."

I am certain that Chester doesn't mind being spoiled at all, just look at his face and you will see that he is perfectly content. 

Debra not only loves making things from kitty fabric, she also helps other animals in the community.  

She does this by donating some of her household income to The Hermitage Cat Shelter in Tucson, Arizona, and to Best Friends Animal Society in Kanab, Utah.  She also contributes cat cage cushions for the local animal control center and HSUS when possible.  Debra does all of this for fur babies even though she is unable to work outside her home any longer.  

What an inspiration for all of us, thank you Debra! 

 When asked why she sells online she states, "selling online has been a fantastic activity that has helped me stay connected with others and to stay active mentally and socially."  Right on! 

One thing that Debra enjoys outside of crafting, is to teach!  She used to teach sewing, but can no longer do that; however, she volunteers as a Bible teacher and teaches a weekly class in a residential care home. She also teaches one-on-one classes and is constantly looking for new students!

 A few of Debra's creations are shown here, but this is only a small sample of what she makes.  In her stores I have seen:

Eyeglass cases,
Business card holders,
Tissue cases,
Lots of collars, 
and so much more!!

And although she does use her kitty design fabric, she has a lot of stuff done in other fabrics also!

I have personally received a photo brag book / business card holder from Debra and I definitely recommend her products!  Her work is beautiful, priced reasonably, and she pays attention to detail.  Further, she is customer oriented and is a fast shipper that wrapped my brag book so that it wouldn't get damaged in the mail.  She quickly got back to me when I asked a question, and I had an excellent customer experience all around!   

Debra can be found online at:

By: Tsilos Schoener,
owner of TS Beading


  1. Cool Stuff..Chester seems like a really cool Cat!
    Sara From

  2. Yes, Chester does seem like a really cool cat, I agree... spoiled and a little sassy too I bet!



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