My cats miss out on playing with catnip toys. You see, there are these canine type critters that live in the house and like to eat small soft toys. In order to keep the vet bill free of GI obstruction, the cats do without.
But they are lucky enough to play with the bigger toys that stay in the living room, so this year I made them some catnip kickers to play with.
These are easy to make- you just need a sock, some stuffing and some catnip. Stuff the sock, layering some catnip in between pieces of stuffing. Also sprinkle some catnip down the sides of the sock. Don’t fill the sock all the way, to finish you’re going to tie a knot in the end of the sock (this makes for easy catnip refilling). Find a cat and watch some fun ensue!
Looking for a gift idea for your pet? Here’s an easy almost no-sew bed to make for your pets or to donate to a shelter or rescue.
I came up with this idea because I wanted to replace the dog beds in 3 of my dogs’ crates, but found the cheapest I could find were about $20 each. Then I came upon a pin on Pinterest which showed a variation for finishing those fleece blankets that you tie together. I really liked the look and decided I could probably make beds for a lot less than I could buy one.
Fleece- Amount depends on how big you want your bed.
Hand sewing needle
1. First I folded my fabric in half so I could cut both sides at the same time.
2. I used my old dog bed as a pattern. If you don’t have a bed to use, make a paper pattern or you can try just measuring it out on the material. I added 1 ½ inches to each side for the part that would be cut into fringe.
3. I then cut the batting by placing the pattern on top and then cutting it. The batting is cut to the size you want your bed.
4. Once I had my pieces cut out, I began making the fringe. I found the easiest way for me was to use a ruler. I used the width of the ruler as a guide for the width of each piece of fringe.
I began by cutting out the corners. Using a ruler I measured down each fabric edge and marking the 1 1/2 “ point with a pin. At that point I measured in from each point placing a pin along the ruler to mark where I would cut. I cut along each line to cut out the corner.
Once the corners were cut out, I placed the ruler so the 1 1/2” mark was at the fabric edge and the end of the ruler (the 0” end) was pointing away from me toward the center of the fabric. I then cut down the side of the ruler, stopping at the end. I repeated this down each side.
I adjusted the width of the fringe as I got to the end of each side if needed, to ensure they were wide enough.
I then cut a hole about 1/2” long into the center of each piece of fringe.
5. Once the fringe was cut, I took my piece of batting and placed it on one of the sides. I then used my needle and thread to tack the batting to the fabric in each corner and in the middle. This helps keep the batting from rolling up when the bed is washed.
6. I placed the second piece of fabric on top and began weaving the fringe.
Beginning with the first piece of fringe on the top of one of the sides. I pulled it through the hole in the first piece of fringe on the bottom.
Then I pulled the second piece of fringe on the bottom through the hole in the first piece of fringe on the top. I continued doing this around the entire bed (this is similar to how you did the edge on those pot holders you made when you were younger).
For the very last piece of fringe, I cut through it, so it was split into 2 pieces at the top. I inserted one piece through the hole and tied a double knot, trimming any loose ends.
Easy to make and only took a few hours to make all three, but the big bonus was they were a hit with both the dogs and the cats!