If you have followed me for any amount of time, you already know that I am a little obsessed with my cats. They are frequent guests on my Instagram and here on the blog. Especially Pete because he seems to enjoy modeling the most.
Pete is here with us again to tell you about something really cool. World's Best Cat Litter™ Zero Mess™ all-natural cat litter. As a reward, I made Pete a new DIY cat toy that I will show you how to make for your furry friends.
How to make a felt and ribbon jellyfish DIY cat toy
Have you ever made your own DIY cat toy? Trust me, this one is really easy! Literally, the extent of my sewing knowledge was learned in a middle school life skills class, so if I can do this so can you.
For this toy, I choose felt and ribbon. Felt is really easy to sew since it's sturdy and also, the cats won't destroy it. I also used some ribbon because my cats LOVE to play with ribbons and other dangly things. Fill it up with catnip, and you have a toy that will keep your kitties busy all day.
First, I folded my felt in half and cut a half circle. I guess it's really more of a half oval, but the shape is really up to you.
- With a fine point permanent marker, draw a face on your jellyfish and then put the two halves together. Don't use googly eyes or anything else on the toy that could come off and become a choking hazard.
- With a matching color thread (or even a contrasting colored embroidery floss) sew the curved part of the half oval together. Nothing fancy; a simple overhand stitch will do just fine.
- Once the top of the jellyfish is stitched, open the bottom and fill it with some catnip and sesame seeds. How much depends on the size of your toy, but I used about two teaspoons of each for mine.
Now to add the ribbon and close up the toy . . .
This part is a little tricky because the ribbons get in the way. At first, I used some glue to stick the ribbons in where I wanted them. In retrospect, I probably should have used a fabric glue or even Gorilla glue. Anyway, after I sewed in the first two ribbons, the other ribbons started to come out. No worries. I then added them one-by-one sewing each ribbon in as I went. This was actually a much easier way to do it, but I still recommend putting some glue in to reinforce the bottom of the toy.
Once the bottom is sewn closed, your DIY cat toy is ready for feline action. Look at Pete. He approves. I'm pretty sure his eyes are telling me, "Thanks, Mom."