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Keep your cat entertained for... well, about ten minutes (if your cat has as short an attention span as mine!)
While my cat was running around after a rattly old ball last night, I realised that he doesn't have anything plushy to play with.

I decided to make this small mouse so he's got a bit of extra stimulation when he plays.

This could probably be improved as I am very much a beginner. If you have any suggestions, feel free to get in touch!

Posted by Jade D. from Manchester, England, United Kingdom • Published See Jade D.'s 15 projects »
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  • How to make a pet toy. Jingly Cat Toy - Step 1
    Step 1

    First pick an old square of fabric. I cut this from a skirt that didn't fit any more.

    Take a white pencil or some chalk and draw a heart, or half of a heart.

    I would suggest about 8" top to bottom. If you go any smaller it might become a bit fiddly.

  • How to make a pet toy. Jingly Cat Toy - Step 2
    Step 2

    Fold the fabric, so you get a crease in the middle of your heart. Then carefully cut out.

  • How to make a pet toy. Jingly Cat Toy - Step 3
    Step 3

    This is what you should be left with.

  • How to make a pet toy. Jingly Cat Toy - Step 4
    Step 4

    Now fold it back in half, and begin to sew along the edge. I made sure my stitches were close together and tight so my cat couldn't easily rip it open.

  • How to make a pet toy. Jingly Cat Toy - Step 5
    Step 5

    Keep sewing until you have about an inch left at the end of the heart. Knot your thread here and cut off any loose bits.
    You should be left with a small hole through which you'll be able to stuff your cotton wool or stuffing through.

  • How to make a pet toy. Jingly Cat Toy - Step 6
    Step 6

    Next, turn the fabric inside out so your stitches are on the inside. Be sure to make sure you have the point (which will be the mouse's nose) fully out.

    Now, begin to stuff. At this point you could put a little bit of catnip in there to add a bit extra for your cat. I didn't have any to hand.

  • How to make a pet toy. Jingly Cat Toy - Step 7
    Step 7

    Once you've stuffed the mouse,you can get to work on the tail.

    I took a few inches of wool and looped them around my finger, tied a knot in one end and cut any joined up bits on the other. I also attached a small bell to one of the strings at this stage.
    It is also a good idea to knot off each end of the wool so your cat doesn't shred the fibres and get them stuck in his/her throat.

  • How to make a pet toy. Jingly Cat Toy - Step 8
    Step 8

    Now, insert the knotted end into the hole. You can now sew this up, making sure the stitches are tight. It doesn't matter that the stitches are on the outside as it sort of blends in with the fabric.

    Finally, sew on any other bits and bobs that might make the mouse more interesting. I chose two buttons for eyes and a small black bow.

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Buniie
Buniie · Chicago, Illinois, US
seems like me and u have the same race of cat XD
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Jade D.
Jade D. · Manchester, England, GB · 15 projects
Thanks Alice. It doesn't have any ears! It just has a bow. Lovely, be sure to put your version up!
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Alice L.
Alice L. · 9 projects
Nice mouse, but I can*t see its ears. I*m making one for my cat now ^_^
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Dragoness
Dragoness · 28 projects
i would sew on eyes etc as i would be worried of kitty biting buttons off.
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Jet H.
Jet H. · Haarlem, North Holland, NL · 108 projects
aaaaw so cute , but be warned of the bell they can hook on there nails and can be sometimes when the hook is too wide be harmfull.
I have had those axccidents.
but i still love your toy, sweet , well done;-D
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michelle G.
michelle G. · Antigonish, Nova Scotia, CA · 1258 projects
so squee
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