Hi friends! As you may know we recently adopted a couple of cats from the animal shelter. I thought it would be nice to make a fun toy for them with some new ribbon from Offray.com! They will soon be releasing a new line of photo ribbon and they sent me the new aquarium print and I thought it would be purrrrfect for a cat toy!
The coolest thing about this toy is that is jingles, crinkles and contains catnip! I was able to make the crinkle by using a bit of Mylar survival blanket that you can pick up at Wal-Mart for $1. I will have enough material from that blanket to make tons of pet and baby toys! Just make sure to NEVER leave a pet or baby around the plain Mylar material because it is a suffocation risk. Once you sew a small amount inside a toy it is fine but a big sheet of it is like a big plastic bag. Safety first!
- Cloth (scraps are great)
- Mylar survival blanket (or recycle some Mylar from food packaging)
- Ribbon: 5/8″ Orange Grosgrain and 2 1/4″ Aquarium Printed Satin
- Fabric shears
- Catnip and a cat jingle bell
- Sewing machine or a needle and thread.
- Fabric glue (I like Jewel It) and Fray Check
- Google eye
- Iron for pressing
- Sewing pins
Cut two pieces of fabric 5″ square (or whatever size you wish) and press. Cut a piece of Mylar 1/2″ smaller so it will fit the toy after it is sewn.
Place the fabric right sides together. Cut a 6″ piece of grosgrain and thread it though the cat bell.
Place the bell in-between the fabric and let the ribbon ends stick out so that when you sew the toy together the ribbon will be secured. (I did it backwards the first time and had to rip the stitches out in that corner and turn it around LOL!) Sew 3 sides shut so you have a pouch.
Slide the Mylar square in the pouch and pour in some catnip.
Cut an 8″ long piece of the photo print ribbon, fold it in half and place the ends in the pouch and pin it in place. The fold in the raw edges and sew the pouch shut.
I thought it would be cute to add a folded ribbon fish to this project. I fount the tutorial here. Make sure you use Fray-Check on and cut areas of ribbon. Grosgrain is pretty fray resistant but this is a cat toy after all. Glue the ribbon fish to the toy and glue on a googly eye. I used Jewel It glue because it is really good at securing plastic to cloth.
You can hang the toy for a doorknob or fling it across the floor at your cat. Don’t act like you want them to play with it of they will instantly distrust the toy, and you for giving it to them and then they will go back to playing with a q-tip (don’t ask me how I know.) Ungrateful cats.
Keep your eye out in stores for the brand new line of photo-realistic ribbon from Offray. You can find the Grosgrain ribbon I used currently on the Offray website and you can use my coupon code FRUGAL15 to save 15% on your order through 12/31/14. I hope this inspires you to make some toys for your furry friends, thanks for stopping by and til next time happy crafting!