Wednesday, January 11, 2012

Fortune cookie cat toy tutorial

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...)

diy fortune cookie cat toy tutorial

And all the cats who received them in their stockings sent rave reviews. So rest assured that your efforts will be tremendously appreciated.

diy fortune cookie cat toy tutorial

diy fortune cookie cat toy tutorial

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)

diy fortune cookie cat toy tutorial

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)

diy fortune cookie cat toy tutorial

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.

diy fortune cookie cat toy tutorial

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.

diy fortune cookie cat toy tutorial

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.

diy fortune cookie cat toy tutorial

Then sew around the rest of the cookies, enclosing the stuffing and the catnip... and you're done!

diy fortune cookie cat toy tutorial

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.

fortune cookie cat toys

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.

fortune cookie cat toys

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!)

diy fortune cookie cat toy tutorial


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14 comments:

  1. My cats are going to love these. Thanks for the tutorial

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  2. Fun! & Cute! When we get a cat, you must make him/her one! :)

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  3. So glad you love them! And yes, Sarah, when you get a kitty cat, I'll make him or her a toy! :)

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  4. Too cute! Now that I'm the new mama of a baby himalayan, I'll have to make some! Hope he likes Chinese food. hehe!

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  5. I don't have cats, but I am going to make this just because!! (without the catnip of course)

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    1. Oh, I hope you do! They are so fun and quick to make!

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  6. I just made some of these for my cats...so simple to make and they LOVE them!

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  7. So simple to make and my cats LOVE them!

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    1. So glad that your kitties love them! :) Every cat I have given them to loves them too... even ones that "don't play". Not sure if it's the shape or what, but they seem to be a hit!

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  8. Thanks for such a easy and great idea. I am a Girl Scout leader and I think our Girl Scout Troop could make these for for the shelters in our area as the poor kitties need something to keep them entertained while waiting to be adopted. Thank so much for the idea if you have any more please send them my way!!

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    1. What a great idea!!! I would have LOVED making these when I was a Girl Scout. And how perfect to give them to the shelter kitties. :)

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  9. I'm starting my Christmas crafting today and had this page bookmarked for sometime, because I....sew for my friends' and family's cats (and my own cat too!). I just happened to have a nice little supply of felt from a friend so I only need to get some more stuffing. Thanks for posting this! :)

    BTW, I read a few other posts of your's. I'm from NE Iowa (Waterloo) and my husband is from SW Iowa (Atlantic). Where is your family at in Iowa?

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    1. My family is from NE/North Central Iowa. And I went to college in Waverly, so I know Waterloo well! I did my first museum internship at the Grout Museum and spent many nights "studying" at the Perkins in Waterloo! :)

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  10. Hello!
    I work with Kristin on the Sew,Mama,Sew! blog (http://www.sewmamasew.com/blog2). Each November we post a series of tutorials, gift suggestions, recipes, shop features and giveaways every day. Our 6th Annual Handmade Holidays series consists of a great assortment of ideas to make the holidays unique, fun and handmade.

    We'd like to use one picture from your tutorial next month:
    http://dandelionsandlace.blogspot.com/2012/01/fortune-cookie-cat-toy-tutorial.html
    We'll link to your site and give you all of the credit, of course! Would this be OK? We respect the copyright of all crafters so all links and photos from blogs on our Handmade Holidays posts are used with permission. If you'd like to learn more about Handmade Holidays please see this compilation post from 2011: http://sewmamasew.com/blog2/2011/11/the-ultimate-handmade-holidays-list-2011/.
    Please let me know via email (irene@sewmamasew.com), and also feel free to include any relevant information you'd like me to post with the tutorial link.
    We look forward to hearing from you,

    Irene

    Sew,Mama,Sew!

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