Monday 22 July 2019

**NATIONAL CRAFTS FOR YOUR SHELTERS WEEK** Craft-Fest with Cats ~ The Snuggle Buddy for Shelter Pets ~ Day One

Welcome to our week long craft-fest kicking off


Everyday this week we'll be showing you how to make all kinds of stuff to take to your local shelter to give the kitties and K9's so they get to feel some love, and you get to flex your crafting skills. Any excuse to make something right? MOL

Now we know that some peeps don't sew and/or don't have access to a sewing machine or the like, so we will be incorporating some ideas that are completely NO SEW during the week, and don't think that the items are just for us cats, 3 of our items are for our K9 furriends too, so don't panic we've got you covered - of course we do, we're The B Team we've got everything covered! 

Also we love to upcycle, recycle and re-purpose items here at BBHQ, so most things can be made without having to buy anything in.

Here's what we've got on offer throughout the week

 As modelled by our youngest B Team memfur; Melvyn, and you can see he's absolutely blissed out.

Crafting For Your Shelter Projects July 2019 @BionicBasil®

1. Snuggle Buddy    2. Kicker Toy    3. Snuggle Mat  

4. Mini Cardboard Scratcher    5. Catnip Cracker


First up is: 

The Snuggle Buddy for Shelter Pets
The Snuggle Buddy and Melvyn ©BionicBasil® Craft-Fest Day 1
We know there are lots of little kitties and K9's in shelters that are scared/lonely/needy 
who would really benefit from this little snuggle toy, and you can see Melvyn loves it.

What you will need




Sewing machine - needle and thread



You can download** the PDF template from our google drive here or make your own template.

**Please see our Download policy**


*Fabric ~ we used felt squares that we had in stock, but any cotton fabric [other than jersey as that is too stretchy] will be fine.  Use an old cotton shirt, bed sheet, anything like that will be fine. 

**Stuffing ~ we used regular wadding as we also had that in stock, but we suggest for our larger K9 pals to stuff with old socks as it will make the Snuggle Buddy at bit more robust.

***Cats Only ~ Catnip is for the kitty side of the shelter only.

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Use our A4 template above or make your own. 
You can scale the pattern up for larger K9's.
Cut out 2 pieces, leaving approx 1/4" extra all the way around - see pic 1 below

1. & 2. Pin together [front and back view]

3. Sew together leaving the bottom of the legs open

4.  This is how your snuggle buddy should look
5. Start stuffing your snuggle buddy, use a pencil or similar to poke to stuffing into the hard to reach places.

6.  Alternate stuffing with the wadding and catnip.
For our smaller K9 friends just use wadding.
And for bigger toys use old cotton socks or the like.

7.  Once stuffed to your liking, sew up the bottom of the legs.

8.  Your snuggle buddy should now look something like this.

Here's our finished Snuggle Buddy 
We did hand-sew some small pom poms for eyes and buttons, and added a little a felt smile as this one is for demonstration purposes.  Though we would advise not to bother with that if you're taking yours to a shelter, just leave them plain. We will be making a few more to take to our local shelter without the pom poms. If you make one for home use and do add the pom poms, we suggest that you check the toy regularly just in case things come loose.

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And that furriends furry sadly brings us to the end of Craft-Fest Day One. We do hope you've enjoyed it and feel inspired to make something, and we'd love to see how your projects turned out so feel free to post your pawesome crafty pics on our Facebook page at:

And if there's anything you'd like us to make, leave a comment with your idea/s.  

We'll be back on the morrow with how to make the pawesome kicker toy and do hope you can join us then.

Bestest crafty purrs

Wing Commander Basil & The B Team xox

If mew missed any of our previous Crafting with Cats posts, here's the links:

We at BionicBasil HQ are not responsible or liable for any injuries to person/s and/or cat/s, crafting addictions, glue on cats, paper cuts, misplaced pins and needles, cats stealing your supplies, broken scissors, cat fur stuck on your projects, or your project not turning out as planned. Be super careful if you're using cutting tools, take your time and always cut away from yourself and we do recommend that you wear some special cut resistant gloves like this: Cut Resistant Gloves for Safety. these are just an example we found on Amazon and this is not an affiliate link. This project is not suitable for younger readers without parental/adult help. By using this information you hereby agree to indemnify and hold harmless BionicBasil and staff from and against any and all claims for personal injuries or damages of any kind arising from use of any Crafting With Cats posts we may share. 
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  1. Aww, that is a sweet cuddle Buddy. Benji would happily destroy it in five seconds, MOL! Dalton might take ten minutes but he too would get the job done. Benji destroyed a kitty cushion today...sigh...I came home from work to a house full of stuffing and foam all about like a storm had hit...sigh again...

    Pipo would love the nip and might even cuddle with it:)
    I was thinking if it was large enough one could stuff it with a plastic water bottle for a pup. They like the sound of those crunching in their jaws, and stuff the arms and head with old rope toys...but here Benji would even still have fun taking all that apart. He could be a surgeon, MOL!

    Now to think whether there are things here to be useful for putting one together for Froggy's Pond the shelter started and run by our vet for unadoptable (due to diseases etc), kitties.

  2. That is cute! I will have to have a did around in my cupboard to see what material I have. I have lots of old pairs of tights that I no longer wear. I assume they would be ok to use for stuffing.

  3. Awww! This is awesomely Epic. I think it looks so easy that many shelter helpers and friends could make and sell these as gifts not only for the shelters, but for others too.

  4. What a wonderful idea...easy and woofie and kitty friendly!
    Rosy, Jakey & Arty

  5. So adorable. I can't make anything. I mean nothing. I don't have a crafty bone in my body. I sure do enjoy seeing what others make though.

    Thank you for joining the Awww Mondays Blog Hop.

    Have a fabulous Awww Monday. Scritches to the kitties. ♥

  6. snuggle buddy iz epic lee kewl !!!!!... de food servizz gurl doez
    knot haza ma sheen but de food servizz gurlz mom doez !!! thanx for sharin :) ♥♥

  7. What an adorable snuggle buddy ! That's a lovely idea ! Purrs

  8. This is such a cute idea! Shelter kitties would be very lucky to get one of these to play with. Great, easy-to-follow instructions too. :)
    - Purrs from your friends at

  9. What a great snuggle buddy. This is such a wonderful idea. The shelter kitties will feel very safe with their buddy around. Thanks for sharing. Have a wonderful rest of your week.
    World of Animals

  10. That is cute- looks like a gingerbread man :)

  11. So adorable! A purrfect snuggle buddy!

  12. Adorbs. TW has no talent for crafts whatsoever.

  13. We love this and Dad may even consider getting a sewing machine now that the Cat Room is almost done

  14. It looks like the Gingerbread Man has gone through a transformation. Melvyn, I sure like that you have given him totally new suits in red and orange! He looks ready to pawty! Paw high fives and kisses.


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