So, this Christmas I came to the realization that I am the kind of person who can't find the time to send out Christmas cards to her friends and family... but has more than enough time to sew colorful catnip-filled cat toys for every cat that I know. And I know a lot of cats. (co-workers' cats, parents' cats, in-laws' cats, friends' cats... the list goes on)
This is not a fact that I am particularly proud of, but admitting that I have a problem is the first step... right?
And those of you who expected a Christmas card and didn't receive one... sorry. It's nothing personal, I promise. I plan to start my Christmas cards months in advance next year... errr, THIS year. Is Christmas creeping up on me already?!
Anyway, I hope you will agree with me that these fortune cookie shaped cat toys are super cute. And if you have a cat in your life, or several, you will be happy to learn that they are also super easy to make. As in, you could probably whip up a dozen of them in less than an hour. (Writing out Christmas cards would have definitely taken me waaay longer than that...)
And all the cats who received them in their stockings sent rave reviews. So rest assured that your efforts will be tremendously appreciated.
You will need:
* a circle of felt in your chosen color (I used a spool of fishing line to trace my circle... it was about 3.5 inches in diameter. You could use a drinking glass or any similar-sized circular object)
* a small long-ish rectangle of felt (this will be the "fortune" sticking out of the fortune cookie. it's probably best if you use white felt for this. I didn't have white and used tan, but the cats didn't seem to notice)
* a bit of stuffing
* catnip! (not required, but always enticing to your friends of the feline variety)
First, fold your circle in half and sew about an inch along the center of the folded edge. (This will be on the inside of the fortune cookie)
Next, fold your cookie in half the other way. This seems confusing and indeed, it took me a minute or two to figure it out. Basically, you will take the two "corners" from the last step and pull them towards each other, then flip the felt inside-out. Play around with it a bit, you'll figure it out.
Then start sewing around the edge of your cookie, making sure to sew the "paper fortune" in between the two layers of felt, as shown. Stop when you're about half way around, but don't take the cookie off your sewing machine.
This is where you add the stuffing. It doesn't need much. I added two little bundles of stuffing to each of my cookies... one I pushed in gently to the back section of the cookie, and the other in the front section. I made sure to sprinkle some catnip in with the stuffing.
Then sew around the rest of the cookies, enclosing the stuffing and the catnip... and you're done!
Fluff the cookie up a little to give it the correct shape, and then it is ready to be played with by your favorite furry friend.
My cats knew I was making something for them, and even though I kept shooing them away, both of them kept sneaking up onto my sewing table to steal cookies. Naughty.
There you have it! A fun little project for any time of the year!
(and I'm not a crazy cat lady, I promise. I just like cute little projects!)