How to Make a Felt Fish-Shaped Cat Toy
January 5th, 2012
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Find your kitty and watch him give you that disapproving stare you love. If he's like our neighbor's cat, Frank, he'd rather be petted than played with. Oh, well!
Photo: Linda Permann
Every kitten loves catnip and batting at strings! Make a quick stuffed fishy toy on a line of rickrack, and you and your kitty can play together.
- Two pieces of wool felt, each about 6 inches x 4 inches
- Pinking shears
- 18-inch length of rickrack
- Small jingle bells, feathers, or other optional decoration
- Catnip (optional, but I guarantee your cat will be more interested in this toy if you use it)
- Small amount polyfil stuffing
- Sewing machine
- Needle and thread
||Print out the template and enlarge it to the desired size. My fish was about 5 inches long by 3 inches wide.
||Start by cutting two fish shapes out of your felt pieces with pinking shears. Pin the pattern piece to the felt and cut just slightly outside of the pattern piece. If you don't have pinking shears, regular scissors will work okay, too.
||Stack the two fish together, wrong sides facing, and slide about 1 inch of the rickrack between the two pieces as shown. Pin in place. Sew around the sides of the fish, making sure to encase the rickrack. Do NOT sew the tail shut.
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