Today in International Cat Day (meow!) - how could we not share a new toy for you from Tiger's year-long collection of simple felt catnip toy DIYs? Since it is also the beginning of the Olympics, today's toy is a feline-friendly gold medal so the cat can join you in catching the Olympic spirit. My hubby said it reminds him of a military medal, so if you have a hero cat or a military family moagie this would be a fun DIY to reward them for their purrfect service. Cute adapted for kids as well!
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 medal cat toy like the one shown:
- Cut a rectangle of blue (or other ribbon base colour) felt for your ribbon base. If you have a large enough piece of felt, this can be cut (like my example shown above) to height + twice the width so it can be folded on one side. If you are using smaller felt scraps, you can do the same with a separate backing piece.
- Cut smaller strips of white and red felt (or other colours) to be the ribbon's accent stripes.
- Sew the center stripe (red in mine) to the middle stripe (white in mine along both sides, using a complimentary coloured thread or embroidery floss. You do not need to sew the top or bottom. As with all of the toys in this series, the ice cream toy uses a
blanket stitch and the stitches form part of the design. Simple, sturdy,
- Sew the joined stripes onto your ribbon base, centered on the section which will become the front of your finished toy, using a complimentary coloured thread or embroidery floss. You do not need to sew the top or bottom. Trim excess if/as needed.
- Fold (or layer if using two pieces of felt) the ribbon base in half, so that the stripes are at the front. Pin to secure.
- Cut two identical circles of yellow (or other medal coloured) felt, slightly wider than your ribbon. Layer over the bottom end of the ribbon and pin to secure.
- Sew the ribbon closed and onto your medal using a complimentary coloured thread or embroidery floss. When you are part-ways around your medal, stop to insert filling.
- 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. For style, I opted to sew the folded edge as well.
- Carefully sew the top edge of the medal fully into place, ensuring you neatly catch both the front and the back sides of the medal circle. Tricky, but it's only a few stitches then you're done!
- 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.
Need a medal toy for your dogs as well? The dogs at Dalmatian DIY have you covered with a medal tug toy, shown below, as well as tons of other fun Olympic-inspired DIY ideas. If your cat is a wild young thing, you can make this toy in miniature. Old man Tiger is more of a lie-and-lick kind of fellow these days, so felt is more than enough fun for him but he's still my mane man and gold medal cat champion. :)