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Monday, June 20, 2016

Simple Summer Ice Cream Cone Felt Cat Toy

Our first official day of summer is almost here for our Northern readers and friends. In follow on to our recent winter snowflake toy, today's share from Tiger's year-long felt cat toy collection is a summery ice-cream cone

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 ice cream cat toy like the one shown:
  • Draw (freehand or trace) your ice cream shape onto a piece of white (or other ice  cream coloured) felt, folded so that the top of the ice cream scoop is along the fold. Cut, leaving the top attached. 
  • Double layer a piece of light brown felt and cut two identical cone shapes.  The top of the cone should be just a touch narrower than your ice cream scoop. 
  • Cut a small circle of red felt (optional) to add a cherry topper.
  • Cut, leaving the top attached. 
  • Position the ice cream atop the cone shapes, ensuring that everything is aligned when folded closed, and pin securely into place.
  • Sew the bottom of one scoop to a cone. Repeat for the other scoop to the other cone. 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, and cute!
  • Stitch a few colourful sprinkles to embellish (optional).
  • Position the cherry atop the embellished ice cream scoop and stitch to secure.
  • Fold the top to close the cone and sew the two sides together until you are approximately 3/4 attached.
  • 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!

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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