Maybe a monetary donation?
*flips empty pockets inside out*
I know! I can make kitty toys at home like the good hermit that I am!
This post has lots of pictures, so I'll try to keep the text to a minimum. Keep in mind that I didn't use dry catnip, I sprayed a catnip mist on the finished toys instead.
The materials I used are:
- twelve 11.5 by 9 felt rectangles in festive colors ($3.00)
- four bags of cotton balls ($3.20 at Target)
- thread ($2.60 at Hobby Lobby for one spool, plus more of my own thread)
- catnip spray ($2.90 at Target)
- socks, if you're making stuffed sock-pillows
It cost just under $12 to make a whole lot of toys! I made 12 body pillows and 18 small toys! That's a steal!
Let's start with toys for the adult cats! For the big too-cool-for-toys cats I made some body pillows/bunny-kicking sticks. They were extremely easy to make, even for a big non-sewing, needle-phobic like me. I used a sewing machine (after I figured out how to make it work!), but they can be hand sewn if you arm yourself with plenty of time and patience.
Catnip Body Pillows/Bunny-Kicking Sticks
Step 1- Start with a 11.5 by 9 felt rectangle. This will be enough to make two bunny-kicking sticks. I buy my felt at Hobby lobby, but you can use other fabrics and work with different sizes.
Step 2- Cut the felt rectangle in half.
Step 3- Take one piece and fold it in half.
Step 4- Sew along the bottom and the long edge, leaving the top open. I found that felt clings to itself and I didn't need to use pins to hold it in place. I used a contrasting green thread so you can see where the stitches are.
Step 5- Flip the tube inside out to hide the stitches. Doesn't it look like an abstract white seal?
Step 6- Stuff the tube with cotton balls or another non-toxic batting material. If you're using dry catnip, now would be the time to sprinkle it all over the cotton balls. I sewed all tubes first and then stuffed them with cotton all at the same time.
Step 7- Sew along the open end of the tube to seal up the bunny-kicking stick. Repeat all steps for the other half of the felt rectangle.
Here is Kitty demonstrating how to hoard a bunch of body pillows. Don't you find it pathetic that I use a stuffed animal as my pet?
And here he is demonstrating how to use one as a bunny-kicking stick!
An even easier body pillow is a sock, stuffed with cotton balls (and dry catnip) and sealed up at the top. These socks were a Christmas gift from a couple of years ago. There is something very wrong about socks with individual toes, so I never wore them.
Kitty thinks the Santa Sock is very comforting...
Now moving on to smaller toys, let's start with the easiest ones:
Step 1- Start with a felt circle.
Step 2- Fold it in half and sew it up almost all the way shut, leaving a one inch opening. Stuff it with cotton balls (and dry catnip, if you're using).
Step 3- Sew up the opening to seal the deal!
Who ordered the Festive empanadas?
Now let's make some festive toys!
Catnip gingerbread men:
Step 1- Trace two outlines of a gingerbread men on a piece of felt.
Step 2- Carefully cut out the gingerbread men. If you're using a sharpie like I did, cut along the inside of the markings to make sure the kitties don't eat any ink.
Step 3- Place one gingerbread men on top of the other (oh, grow up!), and sew all along the sides from shoulder to shoulder, leaving the head open. It's always good to have an open mind! :-P
Step 4- Stuff the little dude with cotton balls and stitch up his head.
I made one with a face and one faceless. The one with the face looks way too creepy!
Kitty likes the nip-man!
There ya' have it. If I can do it, you can do it! I am in no way a professional crafter, I just like getting crafty. Hopefully this post will inspire other crafty kooks to make some toys for their local shelter kitties.
Happy Holidays, Merry Catmas, Happy Festivus, whatever you're celebrating I hope you have a catnip-good time! *Meow*