My kitties, like most kitties, have a weakness for jingle toys stuffed with catnip. My Moonunit likes to carry them around the house in her mouth while yowling loudly! And Prince likes to fling them against the ceiling as hard as he can! Every once in a while I make them handmade toys, which usually turn out to be their favorites! (The key is super fresh catnip, I use SmartyKat organic catnip.)
I decided this month they needed a jingle fish with cute little scales. I decided your kitties needed one too so I made a little pattern and tutorial for you to follow. Do it. Your cats want you to.
Felt, 2 colors
2 Snap in Safety Eyes
I zipped this guy through the sewing machine just to save time but I usually hand stitch them which is more time consuming but more fun, (in my opinion.)
First you'll want to print and cut out your pattern. Then grab your felt and fold each piece in half because you'll be cutting two of each pattern piece for each side of your fish toy.
Pin your pattern pieces to your felt and cut. Make sure to use sharp scissors to really define your scalloped scales.
All cut out! You should have two of each piece.
Pin your scales to your fishes, front, middle and back.
Then zip them through the sewing machine or hand sew your scales onto your fishes.
At this point I sewed some decorative fish tail markings on both sides of my fishy, this is completely optional.
First, I sewed Only the top seam across the fish. I then used a seam ripper to rip a TINY hole in each side for the snap in eyes to fit, don't make a big hole or your eyes will pop out which is dangerous for your babies! I sewed the top seam Only at first because it would be super difficult to machine sew so close to the metal safety snaps after they were inserted. (You can always make felt eyes if this is a big concern for you.) Stuff your cat toy with fluff (don't forget to stuff in a little catnip and a jingle bell)
Then sew around the entire outside edge and trim closely.
I couldn't resist sewing a blanket stitch around the outside edge of my fish once he was done. I think he turned out pretty cute.
Fortunately it doesn't matter how cute it is because your kitties will tear it up anyway!
Here's the printable pattern if you're interested in making some jingle fishies for your kitty cats.
(The pattern should take up half a sheet of 8x11.5" printer paper so make sure you have the orientation correct before printing, mine worked best on the "Shrink to Fit" setting.)
My kitties love the heck out of these guys! Prince cat prefers the big, felt toys he can throw against the ceiling and Moon really prefers the knitted ones made out of natural fibers so she can pretend that she's hunting game in the wild. Hehe.
Thanks for reading! Let me know if you give this pattern a try!
This weekend my friends and I got together for a spooky Halloween tradition; Pumpkin Carving!
I made a big crock pot of Zuppa Toscana Soup, a huge batch of Chex Mix and two fantastic pumpkin pies!
I was going to share the soup recipe here but, unfortunately, it did not turn out as delicious as planned so it's being rewritten and should be posted up here as a November recipe. The Chex Mix turned out marvelous though, I used this recipe from Half Baked Harvest and it was buttery and delicious and my guests couldn't get enough of it.
My Pumpkin Pies turned out great! I used this recipe from Sally's Baking Addiction (the woman is a genius) and doubled it, made two fantastic pies, my friends were fat and happy by the time they left.
We made some felt face masks before we carved our pumpkins. These ones are mine. Alex is The Fantastic Mr. Fox, and I'm a Peacock!
Jess made herself a Luna Cat mask, from Sailor Moon.
Hannah and her boyfriend Alex worked together to create a mask for Perchik, her beloved stuffed animal. Here he is in his Victoria Secret Angel costume.
And here he is in his festive Halloween mask.
After all that hard work a few us finally got around to carving the Pumpkins! I made my annual kitty cat Pumpkin, it's tradition!
My Alex made a Mike Wazowski Pumpkin.
And Jess made a Corey Hart Pumpkin. He wears his sunglasses at night.
Hannah and her Alex supervised. They were too cool to carve.
Our Punkin's turned out super cute!
After carving and crafting and eating everyone slipped into food comas. We watched Halloweentown II, Eerie Indiana and Goosebumps. I like to keep my Halloween shows rated G.
It was a successful night of good, clean Halloween fun. Everyone went home with extra soup and Pumpkin Pie!
I hope you are carving your Pumpkins in preparation for the big day! Thanks for reading about our Holiday adventures. Happy Halloween!
Let's make a Bat Mobile! Not to be confused with a Batmobile. That's a different thing entirely.
This fun little project will make your home sparkle with Halloween cheer! It's quick, inexpensive and super fun. Here's what you'll need;
White Colored Pencil or Crayon
(I used a twisted wire hanger but if you want to be classy you should try a wood frame one from Etsy. You can always paint it black to match your Batty Bats)
First, print your Bat Template! Or you can cut out your own unique bats!
Let's get started!
1) If you're using a wood frame, grab some black paint and use a few coats to cover your frame before getting started. Make sure to give it a few hours to dry! If using a wire hanger, bust out some beading tools or pliers and twist that guy into a loose spiral, making sure to connect the loose end (not hook part) into a circle to make a stable frame.
2.) Cover your work space with newspaper or parchment paper. Glitter and glue will be happening and it will get messy!
3.) Use the Bat template to cut out a variety of different sized paper Bats. Place the paper Bat on your stiffened felt and trace around it with your white colored pencil or crayon. Cut out felt Bats.
4.) Use your sponge brush to coat some of the Bats in a thin layer of Mod Podge, sprinkle them liberally with glitter.
3.) While your Bats dry, measure out various lengths of black hemp cord to string them onto your mobile with. Make sure to give allowance for the knots; make the cords a little longer than you need.
4.) Once Bats are dry, use your Elmers Glue to glue Rhinestone eyes on all your bats. I think the red ones look particularly scary but you can use any color you like.
5.) Use your tapestry needle to poke a hole into the Bat noggins and secure the cord with a double knot. Then knot the opposite end of the cord to the mobile frame. Arrange them at various heights and you're done!
Now display your mobile proudly! I like to use a screw hook to hang my mobiles. You can put this guy in your front window or hang it over your Halloween mantle display.
This is a super fun project to do with a group. You can help each other make bats for one big mobile, or make a bunch of mobiles so everyone has a fun decoration to take home!
Now go forth and have some spooky Halloween crafting fun!
Thanks for reading!
This little guy is so cute! And totally necessary.
Seriously, your mug is going to be so cozy!
I'm not sure where the inspiration behind this particular craft came from. I think it was created out of a frantic, last minute need to get Christmas gifts done last year. Nevertheless they are one of my favorite dude gifts and they're pretty darn easy to make!
First, print your pattern!
Next, you'll need:
Mug (about 10" in diameter)
Velcro (use non sticky!)
Needle and Thread
I might have forgotten to put a few of these items in my "supplies" picture...
Next you'll want to cut out your pattern and pin it to your felt. Layer your fabric; you'll be cutting out two main body rectangles, one of each color and two smaller tab rectangles, one of each color. You only need one 'stache though, I make mine in the darker lining color.
Then pin your pieces to your mug to make sure that they're the right size!
Now, you'll want to sew your Velcro onto your little tab. Layer your two tab pieces of fabric on top of each other and place the Velcro on the Wrong Side of the fabric, the "lining" if you will. I like to use an X shape and then a little box around it. Then run a stitch all the way around the outside edge of the tab using a 1/4" seam allowance. Use your sharp scissors to trim off the excess fabric.
I know, it's kind of a mess. But you get the idea.
Next you'll want to grab the body piece of your pattern; the large rectangles, and layer them on top of each other, Right Side facing up. Place your 'stache on top and stitch through all layers. You could always go ahead and add a layer of interfacing here if you want to make your cozy a little more indestructible, but it's not really necessary. (PS I often do this part by hand because I think it looks extra cute with little hand stitches!)
When your mustache is appropriately situated, it's time to stitch around the outer edge of the main body pieces, just like you did with the tab portion. Sew 1/4" from the edge and trim it up afterwards!
We're almost done!
Now! Try your cozy on your mug and pin it! This way you'll know where to affix the other piece of Velcro for the perfect fit!
Sew your other piece of Velcro to the edge of the mug cozy using the same X in a box technique (very technical) as before. Then attach the other end of your tab to the opposite edge of the body portion.
Then trim up your edges and any stray threads and you're done!
These make super cute Christmas gifts, and if you're anything like me, you're already planning and plotting your gifts for December.
So go forth! Get out your crafty supplies and make some super fun, super inexpensive gifts!
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