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The holidays are upon us! Yes. Halloween is over so it’s totally okay to break out the tree and lights. At least that’s our philosophy. 😉 I love holiday decorations, my husband loves them, my kids love them. My cats love them. My cats love them so much, we have come home from errands to find them hidden in the tree or tinsel spread all around. This is unacceptable since tinsel only belongs in one place and a cat bed is not that place. To prevent the mayhem of decorations spreading, I decided this year I would make the cats some special toys to distract them from my special decorations because just like a happy wife = a happy life, a happy pet = a happy home. I love my pets and I want to treat them to a happy holiday season.
These toys are pretty simple to make and can be hand sewn. Want to make some yourself? Check out below for instructions to make 4 different holiday themed toys.
First, you need to gather your supplies. You need a variety of felt with coordinating thread, needles, packing tape, jingle bells, ribbon, pillow fluff, and some paper to draw out your patterns. For the patterns, I drew my shapes freehand as large as you want your toy and then cut them out.
For the tree, I drew a simple Christmas tree shape. You need to cut 2 out of the felt. Using the packing tape, I tape the pattern to a piece of felt and then cut out my shape. This is the easiest way to get the smoothest cut out of felt that I have tried and highly recommend it for any felt crafts you do.
Once you cut 2 trees, I cut out a brown square for the trunk. Taking some green thread, I started sewing the tree pieces together. Go around the tree, making the seam tight without making the felt pucker.
Once you’re almost done with the tree, stuff some fluff and a jingle bell into the tree and then sew the tree closed.
Close the tree with a double knot and you’re done with your first toy!
For the present, I decided to make a cube so the toy would roll around a bit. You’ll need 6 squares to make the box.
Sew each edge so that you form a 3D box. Just before you close the box, stuff it with your fluff and add a bell.
For a little extra pizzazz, I made a simple bow and attached it to the top. You can make your own using a strip of felt and then making loops before sewing it to the top of your present.
For the star, I decided to add a ribbon so I could attach it to a door knob. Cats love to play with hanging things and I wanted to give them a different option to play.
To make the star look more interesting, I cut out a small golden star and 2 large yellow stars. Attach the golden star before sewing around the 2 yellow stars.
Attach a length of ribbon to the top of the star as you sew along the edges. Again, stuff the star and add a jingle bell before closing the star.
Attach the ribbon to a door knob and let you cats go wild!
The holidays aren’t just in December! I also decided to incorporate a turkey because November has my favorite holiday, Thanksgiving. I used some brown to make the body and the head and a some red and orange to make the feathers.
First, I attached the feathers and then I attached the face before I sewed around the body of the turkey.
Other Ways to Celebrate
These toys are not the only way to spoil your cat this holiday season, you can also spoil them with fun treats and food by picking up some great products at Walmart. I love the SHEBA® PERFECT PORTIONS™ to give out as a special dinner, we eat special meals so why shouldn’t my cats? I also love the Temptations® Classics Tantalizing Turkey Flavor Cat Care & Treats and Temptations® Snacky Mouse. Treats are a fun way to give your cat a little pick-me-up and the Snacky Mouse toy keeps them all engaged.
Do you do anything to incorporate your cats into your holiday celebrations? What kind of special traditions do you have?