A rattle with cattitude…


Two months ago our black cat, Treacle, went missing. We thought she’d found a loving new home and was enjoying cream and napping on a old dear’s lap. We were so shocked when she came wandering back last week looking very frail but ok. The most surprised of us all was Little Button.

She’d been quite used to conversing with our other black cat, Tumble, and can’t quite work out that we have two of these creatures. In honour of Treacle’s return I made a cat-shaped rattle for Little Button to stroke and play with as she’s not quite mastered the art of gentle yet.

rattle tutorial

To make this rattle you will need:

  • 2 sheets of black felt
  • 1 sheet of white felt
  • Embroidery thread in black, white, green and brown.
  • Embroidery pins
  • Scissors
  • Toy stuffing
  • A rattle or a small selection of bells.

Rattle tutorial

Begin by making yourself a template of a cat (or whichever animal you choose to do). Pin the template to the felt and cut out two of them.

Next cut out the smaller pieces – two paws, a tail and a circular tummy. You also need a small panel for the bottom of the rattle for it to stand up.

Rattle tutorial

Pin the tummy then paws onto one piece of the felt and the tail to the other. This will form your front and back to the rattle.

To attach the tummy and paws to the front section I used the black and white thread and use backstitch. Most of the features for the cat came by embroidering them onto the front section and use backstitch.

rattle  tutorial

I used running stitch in white for the ears and brown for the whiskers. Finally I used satin stitch for green eyes and nose.

On the back section of the rattle sew the tail on. Once all the stitching is complete pin the front and back section together ready to sew them together.

I blanket-stitched with black embroidery thread and sewed all the way around. I used a small piece of felt and pinned it to the bottom to add a base for the rattle to stand up. I blanket stitched the base in place. Leave a small gap for stuffing

For a guide to these stitches visit our Pinterest page.

Finally l filled the rattle with stuffing and added the bells into the middle. Close the gap with blanket stitch.

cat rattle


~Laura xx ~

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