Our lives sort of revolve around this little guy, and I’m totes okay with that. To keep with our traditions of spoiling him rotten and making him cool things he doesn’t appreciate (AKA: his crate bed and rope scratching post), I went ahead and made him some felt DIY cat toys shaped like mice. He loves the catnip-filled ones I buy at Target, and lucky for me, he actually liked mine too. He promptly tore them apart. That’s good, right? He’s not always such a jerk. Still waiting for him to use his scratching post though…
- Felt (I used beige)
- Heavy string (I used brown)
- Loose catnip
- Marker (optional)
First, cut out a circle from the felt. You can use a marker or trace a round object if it’s easier, so your circle is about 3 inches in diameter. Then cut it in half and lay one on top of the other. Trim the edges until they’re equal and round the edges a little.
Cut three pieces of string, three inches long. Braid them together with knots at each end to make the mouse’s tail. To make it easier to braid, I taped one end to my counter, and then I trimmed the frayed ends down.
Thread your needle with string, and make an ‘X’ for the eye of the mouse on one piece of felt, knotting it on the inside, about 1/2 inch in from the corner. Repeat on the other side of you want.
Then poke through the corner of the felt and through the tail. Tie a knot to stop the string from going all the way through and then stitch around the rounded edge of the felt, stopping with enough space to insert the catnip. I inserted the catnip with a spoon and pushed it as far back as I could. Continue stitching the remaining side, knotting it at the very end and through the tail again to secure it.