Monday, March 14, 2016

Felt Easter Egg Catnip Cat Toy

Hello and happy Pi Day!  Is anyone else hankering for some Pi Day Pie?  I'm trying hard to resist! :)  You won't need to try hard to create today's simple felt Easter Egg cat toy - it is an easy-sew Egg that you can embellish as much or as little as you wish.  I dressed mine with some zig-zags and circles made from felt scraps (the simple sew toy designs in this series are all-felt), but ric-rac could also work nicely for zig-zag easter-egg embellishments if you have some in your craft stash.

 To make your own felt Easter egg cat toy:

  • Cut two large egg-shapes / ovals (i.e. the full size for your finished your toy) If you aren't comfortable free-handing, draw it first on paper to make your own template.
  • Cut any embellishments you wish to add.  I used two zig-zags and three circles. If any of your embellishments extend past the edge, you can trim to fit after sewing in place as the edges will be sewn during the joining of the toy for stuffing.
  • Using a complimentary thread colour, stitch your embellishments onto the front of one oval. The toy shown uses a blanket stitch throughout, and the stitches form part of the design. Simple, sturdy, and cute!  Repeat if double-siding.
  • Sew the two ovals together, embellished side(s) out, 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 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!

We have a whole YEAR of simple felt cat toys 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.

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