35 responses to “wool kitty toys (handmade holidays)”

  1. Farrah Moseman

    This is the best blog I’ve ever seen in my life! I really appreciate you taking the time out of your busy day to share your this with everyone.

  2. wool roving balls- washing machine method | 5 Orange Potatoes

    […] have been busy making lots of little kitty jingle toys. We have made these using the hot water in a bowl method, which is so time consuming and takes forever if you want to make a lot of these. Then there is the […]

  3. erika

    these are really beautiful! i’ve posted about them on my blog (w/ link and credits.) thanks for sharing your creativity (yet again!)

  4. A “Lately” Montage at Sensible Living

    […] wet felting jingly balls. Lisa happened to do a post about these right before we made them. It’s worth a check out if you’d like to make […]

  5. Heather

    Oh these are too cute! I have had the hardest times making wool felt balls, but you have inspired me to give it another try

  6. Kimara

    I have been making little felt balls for years, using them as marbles and beads. Never thought to put bells in them. These are definitely going on my cat gift giving list!

  7. geek+nerd

    These are too cute, thanks for sharing!

  8. Sara

    These are so pretty! I like to put a bunch on a string & hang them in the windows! I hope you all are well now!
    love, sara

  9. Annie

    Ha! We just got some roving and were going to make some little jingly balls!

  10. Angie

    Our kitties love these too and also baskets filled with wool that they can lay in. We just love wool…your balls are so colorful and fun. I also love that you got your wool locally. Check this out:
    http://theartistthemom.blogspot.com/2009/08/treasure-bag.html

  11. Grace

    That is a cute idea! You are right – we must be on the same wavelengh today. We had so much fun making them and it looks like you guys did too.

  12. Jane

    My cats love little gnomes made of wool and felt.

  13. underthebigbluesky

    how funny to read this today, i did dryer balls for gifts for xmas a couple of weeks ago and i thought OH! catnip jingle balls for all the kitties in the family!

    these are great and thanks for the tip about the jingling because i probably would have given up on it without the jingle at first!

  14. Christiane

    Our kitties go straight for the wool roving…. they pull it apart and leave clumps all over the living room if we don’t pack it away properly. Maybe they are trying to tell me to make them some of these little jingle balls?

  15. sarah

    I just came to visit from Burbs and the Bees. I had to see who was behind such a great title.. 5 orange potatoes.
    I love that you put jingles inside your felted balls.

  16. Amanda

    cat fetch! That is about the cutest thing ever! We also love playing with wool, and I next time I am adding bells inside for cat toys, I wish I would have thought of that with my experiment. I was just getting the hang of felting multiples in the washer. Uhg, I should have thought of the cats! Oh well. I think we are going to put beads on ours and make them into ornaments like these…

    http://paintedthreadsprojects.blogspot.com/2008/10/making-felted-balls.html

  17. kyndale

    You are good mommies to your cat!!

  18. Patricia

    Beautiful cat toys!
    I will not give them to the cats, but keep them for myself 😉

    Have fun with the paper mache! (I’ve done it with wallpaper paste)
    You can also make balls. Put them on a stick for the stringing hole.

  19. Kat

    Poor eddy, she seems to be the only cat in the family without felted ball toys.
    looks like araina is feeling better!

  20. Joy

    Those were some of Finn’s favorite baby toys (minus the catnip). I needle felted them, put faces and other designs on them, and made them a bit larger though. The jingling bells inside must be the kicker, for both kitties and babies. :)

  21. sarah

    so lovely! er … and apparently wordpress doesn’t allow such a short comment. So, really really lovely. 😉

  22. Valerie @ Frugal Family Fun Blog

    How cute!! Looks like your daughter had almost as much fun making the toy as the cat did playing with it! What a fun activity for both of them!

  23. Linda

    So beautiful, what a great idea.

  24. Louise

    we love wet felting little things and your kitty bell balls look lovely

  25. nicola@which name?

    what a cute girl!
    we made cat toys last year using scrap wool felt, yarn, and beads to make little mouse shaped toys. fill them with catnip and you have a winner with kitty.
    i love the homemade ideas. any idea if these would work equally well as dryer balls?
    nicola
    http://whichname.blogspot.com

  26. renee ~ heirloom seasons

    Our cats would love these too much! How would I then ever keep them away from the wool toys that do not belong to them? (I do not really expect you to have an answer this…)

  27. Ivy

    What a cute idea and I love the look on your daughter’s face. Could she be any happier?!

  28. Mama Rose

    I love the color choices! They really are very pretty :)

  29. Earth Mama

    Oh awesome. We tried to make some jingle balls similar to these, but bigger, for my nephew last year. I got confused as to why the bells didn’t jingle (when wet), so wound up leaving them out. Thanks for clarifying that! Silly me. Of course as the wet soapiness dried they would jingle. These are a great idea… we have two cats who would probablly enjoy these.

    :)Lisa

  30. Robin

    My Kitties LOVE these little woolen toys!!!

  31. Rachel

    I love that these have the bells in them, what a great idea! My cats go mad for those roving balls. Thanks so much for this, I’ll be linking.

  32. Beth

    I love it! What a clever child you have, (I think it is hard to make a ball, rather than just a vague cloud shape with warts,) and I also think your cat is very clever playing fetch. Even our dog won’t play fetch! Beth

  33. Earth Girl Knits (Emily)

    These are wonderful! I have a lot of wool roving myself and have been trying to decide what to do with it. I saw a terrarium on etsy last week with mini sheep made of roving inside them. They were very cute!

  34. Lise

    Beautiful! I’ll have to try felting roving one of these days.
    My cat plays fetch, too. Crazy!

  35. Anet

    My Harpo goes insane for wool roving cat toys! I needle felt them with dried cat nip inside.
    Needle felting is not good for kids though, those needles are so darn sharp!!!