You've been sewing all afternoon. Your kitties sit next to you with a longing look, wishing for some attention. Since they've been so good while you've been making wonderful creations, it's time to do something for them.
What you will need:
Scraps from trimming finished quilt
Step 1: Cut cat toy-sized pieces from scrap fabric. Cut two approximately same size and same shape for each toy. These are probably 3 inches square. They don't have to be perfect. Cats aren't quilt police.
Step 2: Place pieces wrong-side together and sew around all but one side of pieces. Use about a 1/4 inch seam allowance. Leave one side open for stuffing. Raw edges are okay with kitties (so is raw meat). Make sure to back-tack at where you start and stop. We wouldn't want these to pop open!
Step 3: Stuff with leftover batting and catnip. Make sure you don't put too much in - you still need to get these into your machine to sew them shut. I like to use a very technical quilting tool called a "nut pick" to get batting into triangle corners. (It came with the nutcracker, but I don't need 4 per cracker.)
Step 4: Sew opening shut. Back-tack at beginning and end again.
Step 5: Test.
Now you have happy kitties! AND you've used up some scraps that might otherwise be thrown out. (I save bigger strips for my mom because she makes string quilts and loves my leftovers, so those get sorted out after cat toys, before trash.)
I would like to thank Lexie for helping and Skitter for testing. Tucker was being aloof and didn't want anything to do with these today. Luka and Emma have found them now, but were busy napping during their construction. They are all working together on losing these.
And for fun, lets see what you all make. Enter your name and link to the post with cat toys below. (This is my first go with this Mr. Linky, so we'll see how it goes!)