Wednesday, June 24, 2015

Kitty Cat DIY: Easy Maple Leaf Felt Cat Toy

While prepping our Canada Day pet DIY round-up post, we discovered that there are not a lot of Canadian-themed pet DIYs and few cat-oriented holiday DIYs in general. Tiger was not impressed! We decided to make this very simple little maple-leaf felt cat toy using:
  • Felt
  • Stuffing
  • Thread
  • Needle and Scissors
  • Catnip (optional)

Simple soft toys can easily be adapted to be larger or smaller for children or pets, so feel free to adapt Tig's felt basics whatever style of creation best suits. To make your own felt maple leaf cat toy like the one shown:
  • Draw (freehand or trace) your leaf shape onto a piece of red felt.
  • Double layer the felt and cut two identical shapes at once.
  • Stitch a basic leaf vein pattern on one. If you aren't comfortable free-handing, you can draw it first on the felt.
  • Sew the two leaves together, embellished side out, until you are approximately 3/4 attached. We used a blanket stitch. Simple, sturdy, and cute...but a bit of a pain working around all the corners and angles of a maple leaf!
  • Add stuffing and (optional) catnip.  If your cat prefers jingly toys, you can sew a jinglebell to the inside before joining.  If they prefer crinkly toys, I have heard people sometimes add a few candy wrappers to the stuffing, but have never tried myself.  Whatever you use, make sure it is safely secured inside!
  • Sew to finish stitching the toy closed, trim any threads if/as needed, and enjoy!


Tips and Tricks: Cat toys are a great way to use scrap fabric - just keep a little bag with your craft supplies to pop in your pieces and save them for future projects.  Simple softie toys are VERY easy to make, and you can style things as fancy or as simple as you wish - I am not particularly patient or skilled in the sewing department, but Tig doesn't mind if his toys are a little on the "rustic" side. :)

Remember, toys are for playing and playtime is safer (and more fun!) with you involved - see more cat toy tips and safety advice here.  As an extra caution, if your cat is in the company of other animals  or small children, ensure their safety as well. Our dogs LOVE to try and steal the cat's toys, so Tiger's playtime is always interactive with one of us humans, and the toys are stored safely away afterwards. Cat toys could pose a serious choking / blockage hazard for our curious puppy.

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