My daughter has been wanting to learn to sew. She sewed a little bag in school and a few other things here and there, but she wanted to do more. So I came up with a design for a cat toy.
I made the big one first. They like to wrap their paws around it and attack with their teeth and claws. They also like to snuggle with it. The fluffy pillow protects our fingers while we play with them, so it's a win all around. My daughter made a big one and then she also made a tiny one. The kitten approves.
Cinderella likes it so much she carries it around with her. She also loses them so we have to make more. Here's a video of her carrying it (with a bonus view of one of my son's socks!)
You can use any size or shape of fleece to make this project. I used a long piece.
Then I folded it in half
Most kittens come running when they hear the can opener. Mine comes when she hears the sewing machine.
Is this for me???? I love these!
Sew half way up each side. Cinderella wouldn't leave it alone long enough for me to take pictures.
This next shot was supposed to have had the toy in it, but Cinderella snatched it before I could take the picture. Imagine a tiger striped piece of fleece that is sewn on both sides and has a fringe cut on the edge. In the future, I will check pictures after each step.
And there is the little thief herself.
I grabbed another toy for her to play with and got my project back. Below you can see the promised fringe. I turned it right side out and stuffed it. (I put a little catnip in this one, but Cinderella doesn't care if I don't.)
The next step is to tie it straight across to close it.
At long last (about ten minutes) she has her completed toy. I love her funky little tail!
Hobbes is excited too.
You can see it in his eyes.
I've seen similar toys in the store, but they usually have feathers or are noisy. My kittens don't like toys that rattle and they rip feathers out in seconds of getting them. These are quiet, durable, inexpensive, and machine washable.