Fun toys for the kitties you know. Mice, olives, & owls—Oh my! Just add some catnip to their stuffing and you’ve got some sweet gifts!
Very dapper mice to sew for the discerning feline. And a great way to upcycle out-of-date menswear hanging in the back of a closet or at your favorite thrift store. You can hand stitch these or use a machine. I wouldn’t use beads for eyes—just embroidery floss. You’ll need:
Assorted menswear fabrics (such as wool suiting, cotton shirting, corduroy, and cotton velvet)
2yds (1.8m) sport weight or baby weight wool. Mary Jane used Jamieson and Smith 2ply jumper weight #83 dk olive, FC11 bright olive, and #9436 Dale of Norway Baby Ull pale olive (Baby Ull, a superwash yarn, won’t felt much, but it will get fluffier)
1.5 yds (1.4m) Jamieson and Smith 2 ply jumper weight #125 pimento
Here’s an easy cat toy project that uses valerian, so if your cat is one of those that doesn’t react to catnip, this might do the trick. Valerian, like catnip, is an attractant for cats and they respond to it in much the same way. It’s available in the healthfood section of your grocery store and online. The tutorial is from Craft Leftovers where you can find heaps of tutorials, projects, and general cleverness. (In this project, valerian is being used to make the toy smell wonderful to cats. It’s not advocating it’s use as a medical herb.)