How to Make a Mouse Toy for Your Favorite Catcomments (10) February 19th, 2009
My mom has an eighteen-year-old cat named Peanut. Actually, her real name is Kitty Carlisle, but that proved to be a long and awkward name so we all call her Peanut. Peanut and I have what I like to think of as a complicated relationship. When I was younger, Peanut and I got along swimmingly. In fact, the year that my mom decided to get a dog, Peanut and I became roommates. I was just out of college and between boyfriends and I had moved into my parents' tiny, tiny one-half bedroom in their one and one-half bedroom house. My mom had a new dog, and Peanut was traumatized so she lived with me, kitty litter and all. We were very close that year but it had to come to an end: The dog went back to the animal shelter (he bit people) and Peanut went back to hating me.
I think that she thinks we need to compete for my parents' affections. Since they pretty much treat her like one of their kids and I am obviously another one of their kids, Peanut has learned to see me as the enemy.
But over the last year, Peanut has really softened. I think it's old age: Maybe she just doesn't care enough to hate me and has settled on indifference. But, even though she hissed and scratched at me for a decade, I still want her to love me. So I'm making her some cat toys.
You can either make these mouse toys stuffed with catnip or, if you have a cat like Peanut who can't stand the stuff, fill them with cotton batting and a jingle bell.
What you'll need:
- PDF of the mouse template
- Scraps of felt or felted wool (see this tutorial for more on felting wool)
- Tailor's chalk
- Dark and light brown embroidery floss and needle
- 5-inch piece of yarn
- Catnip and cotton batting plus one jingle bell
Making the mouse:
1. Print out the PDF of the templates and cut out all of your pieces. Trace the shapes onto felt or felted wool with tailor's chalk, then cut them out. You should have two side pieces, one bottom, two inner ear and two outer ear pieces total.
2. Cut a piece of dark brown embroidery floss, and thread all six strands into an embroidery needle. To make eyes, mark a small dot on both side pieces and make a french knot over the dot. If you need a little reminder on making french knots, check out this tutorial.
3. Pin both side pieces together right sides out. Tie a knot at one end of the yarn piece, and sandwich the other end in between the two side pieces. Thread a needle with three strands of light brown embroidery floss and knot at the end. Whipstitch the side pieces together and knot at the end to secure.
4. Take the outer and inner ear pieces together as shown and cut a slit halfway up both pieces. Overlap the cut pieces slightly so the ear looks more dimensional, and tack in place with one or two stitches.
5. Take your embroidery needle threaded with the light brown floss and sew the ear to one side of the mouse as shown. Repeat for the other side.
6. Take the bottom piece of the mouse and pin one side to the edge of one of the side pieces. Whipstitch the bottom piece to one side. When that is finished, continue whipstitching around to the other side, leaving a couple inches open for stuffing.
7. Stuff withcotton batting and a jingle bell plus some catnip (if your cat likes it.). Whipstitch the opening closed and knot.
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