Yikes, it’s December! I have to get crackin’ on making some presents. To get you started on gifts for people with pets, here’s a round-up of previous posts on DIY toys for cats & dogs. They range from crazy-easy to not-too-taxing on the difficulty meter. Try them out! You’ll have thoughtful, unique gifts for all the furred ones you know.
3 No-Sew Dog Toys
2 No-Sew Cat Toys
2 Braided Dog Toys
Slingshot Ball for Dogs
Some Sewing (some can be done with just needle & thread):
Felt Sushi Cat Toys
3 Easy to Sew Cat Toys
2 Squeaky Dog Toys
Felt Mouse, Bird, Fish Toys for Cats
Foxtail Dog Toy
Fortune Cookie Cat Toy
Pretty Birdie Cat Toy
3 Knitted & Felted Dog Toys
Knitted & Felted Mouse Cat Toy
This gives me the giggles, but it’s also got some fun ideas. Crafting With Cat Hair, by Kaori Tsutaya has been translated to English. I think I like the finger portrait puppets the best. They’d make cute Christmas ornaments!
Here’s one of the projects—How to make a bookcover with with a cat fur kitty.
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This tutorial from Stephanie over at Multi-Tasking Mama shows you how to turn a photo of your pet into a felt portrait you can put on a stocking or just about anything else—pillow, bag, etc. You will need some type of photo editor like Photoshop. The rest of the materials are pretty simple and the instructions are detailed & easy to follow. You’ll need:
- plain Christmas stocking or material to make your own
- photo of your pet
- photo editing software (like Photoshop)
- felt or other fabric (at least 3 colors for highlights, shadows, & midtones)
- fabric glue
- embroidery thread & needle
- scissors/Exacto knife
- straight pins
After a little stutter of snow yesterday, it’s actually snowing with some conviction here in our corner of the Pacific NW. So here’s a clever project that recycles an old, wool women’s cardigan into a cute coat for a smallish dog. A large men’s sweater would work for at least a mid-sized dog. Make sure you use a wool sweater, otherwise it won’t felt. Don’t have an old sweater around? Get thee to your thrift store and find one for cheap. Be sure it’s larger than your pup, because it will shrink when you felt it.
Felted knits handle more like fabric and are more durable. (Here are a few tutorials on felting, in case you need them: this one covers both hand & machine felting, here is a printable one on machine felting, and another on hand felting.)
The tutorial has you fitting the sweater by pinning it while it’s on your dog. This seems like A Very Bad Idea. I think a better idea would be to mark the sweater where you have it pinched to take up the excess material. It might not be as precise, but you also won’t risk poking holes in your dog or yourself, which sounds much more pleasant to me. If you’re making one for a larger dog, I’d check the length of the sleeves before you cut them off.
So check out the tutorial and don’t miss the video that also shows how to make the cardigan dog coat. It can give you a better idea of how this project works.
Felt sushi are perfect for kitties! With a couple of modifications, this tutorial for felt sushi will make some awesome cat toys that would be fun gifts for the holidays. One thing I’d change is instead of beads for the tobiko, use french knots with orange embroidery floss. They’ll still look good and will be safer. And don’t forget to add some good catnip!