January is DIY month in the 2017 Awesome Pet Parent Challenge. Head over to Loved and Pampered Pets to check it out; it’s really cool. The challenge is all about becoming an even better pet parent than you already are. In the first week, we were charged with making a toy. I’m a little behind.
I wanted to make something that I knew my cats would love and that I could improve upon with practice. I also wanted to be able to use what I had in my home to create the entire thing while I watched no more than two episodes of 30 Rock. Blerg.
Catnip mouse it is!
Materials I used:
Fleece fabric remnant (6 inch square)
Strip of felt (5 inches long)
Handful of fiberfill
How I did it:
I cut a heart shape in half for the pattern. I folded the fabric in half with right sides facing each other.
I traced the heart-half (flat part against the fold of the fabric), and pinned.
Note: I did not sew the tail at this point. I placed it here in order to envision the future mouse.
I sewed (small and tight for longevity) from nose to butt, leaving an inch or so unstitched.
Then, I turned the mouse-skin inside out. Well, outside in I guess.
With a pen, I gently stuffed the mouse with fiberfill. I imagine you could use strips of old t-shirts or other soft fabric. Then, I dropped some catnip into the mouse.
I put the tail in and sewed up the mouse’s little booty.
There it is. Sure, it’s a little wonky, but it’s not bad for my first shot. And I really feel like I can get good at it with practice. It was easy and fun. All that really matters is that the cats like it.
I gave the mouse to miss Dublin. Approved!
Then Oslo got his paws on it. He kicked its butt all over the house.