We’ve been making lots of gifts for our kitty, Sweetie, this week. You probably saw our post on the Pet Snack Jar and Treats we posted on Tuesday, and today we’re sharing our cat toy craft. We’re gonna make one for the Mom’s boyfriend’s cat, Cricket, too. She’s not quite as energetic as Sweetie, but she does love to play from time to time so we’re gonna make her one as well!
This craft is best for older kids who can use a sewing machine. Even though Soph is a proficient sewer, Alex is the one who helped me out with making the toys. If you want to make one for the special kitty in your life, here’s how we did it:
Step 2: Sew Jingle Bell Finger
Once your jingle bell is snugly, nestled into one of the gloves fingers, it’s time to sew the tip of the finger so the bell cannot escape–we don’t want our cats choking on jingle bells. Try to sew as close to the jingle bell as you can, just making a straight pass across the finger.
Step 3: Cut Ribbon to length
Next, cut the ribbons for each finger. We only did fingers, leaving the thumb ribbon-less, but you certainly can add another ribbon if you’d like. You can use one color or multiple, like we did. We cut each one 13 inches long.
Step 4: Sew Ribbons on to Fingers of Glove
Once you’ve got the ribbons all cut, it’s time to sew ‘em on. Line up the edge of the ribbon with the tip of the finger and sew across. We used a zigzag stitch to help prevent the ribbon from fraying. Alex also went back and forth a few times to make sure the ribbon was securely fastened.
Step 5: Trim Excess Tread and Ribbon
When you’ve sewed each ribbon to a finger, take a scissors and trim off any stray threads. You can also trim off any excess ribbon on the inside edge of the ribbon to finger seam, but it’s not necessary.
Step 6: Play with Kitty!
Finally, slip that glove on and dangle your hand in front of your cat…he or she will go after it, we assure you. Sweetie got to test her’s out a bit before we wrapped it (as you can see in the pics). We know Cricket is gonna love her’s, too!