Monday, May 30, 2016

DIY Snowflake Felt Cat Toy...Because Winter is Coming!

Our first official day of winter is almost here (although it feels pretty chilly already!). Winter begins this Wednesday (1 June), so today's share from Tiger's year-long felt cat toy collection is a snowflake. Never fear, northern hemisphere feline friends, we also have a summer toy ready and waiting for sharing with you in just a few weeks!

As shown in our Easter bunny softie collaboration, 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 snowflake cat toy like the one shown:
  • Layer a small piece of white felt atop a single piece of blue felt. The blue felt should be as large as the white (or larger) and will determine the tip-to-tip dimensions of your final snowflake.
  • Stitch a basic snowflake design onto the white felt, through the blue blacking. If you aren't comfortable free-handing, you can draw it first on the felt.  Keep it simple - see next step for planning.
  • Using fine tipped scissors, carefully trim the white felt around your stitched snowflake. Start at the corners, working inwards, leaving a simple but decorative border of white felt around your stitched design.
  • Layer a second piece of blue felt behind the sewn pieces and pin to securely fasten together.
  • Using fine tipped scissors, carefully trim the blue felt to form a simple but decorative edge around your white design. Start at the corners, working inwards. 
  • Sew the snowflakes together, embellished side out, until you are approximately 3/4 attached. As with all of the toys in this series, the snowflake toy uses a blanket stitch and the stitches form part of the design. Simple, sturdy, and cute!
  • 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!
  •  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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