How To Craft for a Local Shelter Day
22 Jul

How To Craft for a Local Shelter Day


If you love animals and are crafty to give Martha Stewart a run for her money, Craft for a Local Shelter Day is just the holiday for you! Here at 1Fur1, we made two easy projects and donated them. Read on to learn how to make these toys and beds for homeless kitties.

Please Note: ALWAYS contact your local shelter beforehand to find out what their needs are. Originally the baby sock toys were supposed to be filled with catnip, but our local shelter informed me that they can’t give catnip toys to their cats. Good to know!

No-Sew Fleece Cat Bed (makes two beds)


  1. One yard each of two different colors of fleece (cat-oriented print optional)
  2. Polyester fluff
  3. Scissors
  4. Ruler


Step 1: Lay the two different prints of fleece on top of each other and cut to your desired shape.


Step 2: Measure 4 inches into the fabric and cut squares out of each corner


Your four pieces of fabric should look like this when done:


Step 3: Measure and cut strips that are about 1 inch wide and 4 inches long


Your fabric should look like this when done:


Step 4: Tie in a double knot (like your shoelaces) the two different strips of colored fabric all around the bed


Step 5: When you’re done tying, leave about 4 inches open to stuff

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Step 6: Tie the bed closed, “fluff” it to distribute the stuffing, and you’re done!

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Baby Sock Feather Toy (makes 2 toys)



  1. Two wooden dowels
  2. String
  3. Glue
  4. Craft feathers
  5. Two pairs of infant socks


Step 1: Stuff one sock into another sock


Step 2: Dab a little bit of glue at the opening of the sock and place the feathers in the glue


Step 3: Tie the sock closed. Measure about 1 1/2 foot of string


 Step 4: Tie the string to the dowel. Dab some glue on the knot and wind the string around the knot and the glue.


Step 5: Depending on how much glue you used, wait 8-12 hours for the glue to dry

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You’re done and now is time to do good! If you’re concerned that the cats will chew on the string and unravel the toy, place some ribbon around the string, or use a frilly baby sock like the Minnie Mouse sock above.

Now, most importantly, send or drop off these crafts to your local shelter! All the crafts you saw above were donated to Treehouse Humane Society. Happy crafting, and happy kitties!

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