Friday, February 12, 2016

Felt Valentine Heart DIY Cat Toy

There is still time to stitch together this very simple DIY Valentine for your favourite kitty.  You might even have all of the supplies ready and waiting in your craft stash - all you need is a few small off-cuts of felt, a little stuffing, complimentary coloured thread, and (optional) some catnip.

To make your own simple felt Valentine's Day heart cat toy:
  • Cut two large hearts (i.e. the full size for your finished your toy), one medium heart, and one small heart.  If you would like to double-side layered heart design on the toy, you will need two of each size.  If you aren't comfortable free-handing, trace from paper or use a cookie cutter as a convenient template.
  • Using a complimentary thread colour, stitch the medium and small hearts onto the large heart.  The toy shown uses a blanket stitch throughout, and the stitches form part of the design. Simple, sturdy, and cute!
  • Starting from the cleft of your heart, sew the two large hearts together until you are approximately 3/4 attached. Add stuffing and (optional) catnip.  If you cat prefers jingly toys, you can sew a jinglebell to the inside of the heart 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!
  •  Finish stitching the toy closed, trim any threads if/as needed, and enjoy!

Cats may not be the most demonstrably affectionate of creature (unless they want something...) but we still feel the love.  Purrfect pals!  For anyone concerned that "mane" man Tiger is neglected while the DIY dogs run wild, we have a whole YEAR of simple felt cat toys crafted and at the ready for sharing with you (and Tig) over the coming months. Meow!

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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