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Natural Cat Toys You Can DIY

More and more in today’s society it has become a necessity to be ever-conscious of what we allow in our environment and how we are taking care of our bodies with nourishing foods. Nobody should have to bear a toxic load, and that includes our pets. Today, I have a fun DIY tutorial for you today that will give your furry feline family members a treat that will not only entertain, but will be free of poisonous rubbers and harmful chemicals. Interested? Let’s get our craft on and make some natural cat toys!

Calico Cat Playing with DIY Natural Cat Toys by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com

Aside from being healthy, the best part about these natural cat toys is that it makes perfect gifts. It only takes about 20-30 minutes of your time, and once you get the hang of it, they’re easy to whip one up.

Supplies to Make DIY Natural Cat Toys by Prodigal Pieces | www.prodigalpieces.com Read more

DIY Boo-Boo Bear Rice Ice and Heat Pack

On Monday, I told you that I had a little sewing tutorial for you today, and I have to say that this is something my whole family adores. It’s inevitable that as a parent or grandparent, you will be soothing bumps and bruises from your little ones. Why not make that ouchy time a little less stressful and calm those tears with a Boo-Boo Bear – a rice ice and heat pack?

Help your little one through those owies and ear aches with a Boo-Boo Bear rice ice and heat pack. Come get the tutorial by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

I don’t know about you, but I would love to see this sweet face staring up at me helping me feel better. The soft velour fabric and lightweight rice make for a soothing touch helping your little’s woes go away.

Make bumps and bruises go bye-bye with a Boo-Boo Bear. Get the easy tutorial from Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces

Just keep it in your freezer for a quick fix, or lightly warm in your microwave for a long-lasting heat. Perfect for both bruises and aches. My kids head right to the freezer when they get hurt and feel better holding their friend. Read more

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Handmade Holidays Gift Ideas & Resources #4 ~ Fun with Felt

Only a few more days until we get to “officially” celebrate the birth of Christ, but why wait?   I love to pray over the people I’ll be gifting to, and, of course, for those I know and love who need a prayer.

Next to wood, my favorite sewing/stitching/crafting medium is felt, particularly wool felt. It’s so scrumptiously soft and is very forgiving.  My focus is mainly for children today (why not, I have 6 of them), with some simple ideas for the young at heart.

Ready for the last week of Handmade Holidays?  Let’s go! (You can find the links to the previous 3 weeks below)

Handmade Holidays: Fun with Felt, Gift Ideas for Kids & Adults by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
One of my all-time favorite craft blogs is Ikatbag. Lorraine is a witty, creative, crafting, sewing nut much like myself. I have used her tutorials over the years to create, but her work has also stimulated me to come up with creations of my own.

Need a cake to celebrate Christ’s birth?  How about a felt one?!

Handmade Holidays: Wool Felt Triple Layer Cake Play Set by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
 Triple-decker with a 6-slice chocolate layer and a 8-slice strawberry layer….yum!
Handmade Holidays: Wool Felt Triple Layer Cake Play Set by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
 Dainty candles that make the celebration special.
Handmade Holidays: Wool Felt Triple Layer Cake Play Set by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Handmade Holidays: Wool Felt Triple Layer Cake Play Set by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Need to change the occasion?  Just take off the frosting and embellish to suit the holiday.Handmade Holidays: Wool Felt Triple Layer Cake Play Set by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces For a healthier treat, how about a garden?
Handmade Holidays: Plantable Garden Vegetables & Fruits Pretend Play Set by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
 You can use any veggie you like or flowers if you prefer.  We have cabbage, carrots, beets, beans, and strawberries…
Handmade Holidays: Plantable Garden Vegetables & Fruits Pretend Play Set by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Handmade Holidays: Plantable Garden Vegetables & Fruits Pretend Play Set by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Handmade Holidays: Plantable Garden Vegetables & Fruits Pretend Play Set by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces …perfect for picking!
Handmade Holidays: Plantable Garden Vegetables & Fruits Pretend Play Set by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Handmade Holidays: Plantable Garden Vegetables & Fruits Pretend Play Set by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Thanks to ikatbag, she’s got a tutorial all ready for you to create your own garden, including produce.  I just took it up a notch and made it bigger because we have several children who’d love to have a row of their own.
I used two cushions my mother had bought to reupholster her bench, but changed her mind and passed them on to me.  Some hot glue between the 2′ x 2′ square cushions, cut with a hacksaw, glue fabric on to the “rows” and cinch the ends with needle and thread.  I covered my cardboard with fabric, but you could leave it as is.
Once you get your produce, you need a stand to sell it at right?  Again, thank you Lier, for the inspiration.
Handmade Holidays: Cardboard & Wool Felt Farmers Market & Sweet Shoppe Play Set by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
This vegetable stand used to be a Craisins display at my local supermarket. They were more than happy to give it to me, so don’t be shy and ask!
Handmade Holidays: Cardboard & Wool Felt Farmers Market & Sweet Shoppe Play Set by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
 Plenty of choices to be had, including some homemade pasta.
Handmade Holidays: Cardboard & Wool Felt Farmers Market & Sweet Shoppe Play Set by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Handmade Holidays: Cardboard & Wool Felt Farmers Market & Sweet Shoppe Play Set by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
For the side shelf units, I took boxes that held spinach from Aldi, and wrapped them in wrapping paper. The shelves are cardboard hot-glued to the sides, and the pull-out drawers are the cardboard flats that canned beans come in (also from Aldi) wrapped in white contact paper.  I couldn’t believe they fit in the spinach boxes perfectly!!
Handmade Holidays: Cardboard & Wool Felt Farmers Market & Sweet Shoppe Play Set by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Seriously, I thrifted most of the cups and plasticware. The stand is made of cardboard covered in thrifted sheets, so outside of purchasing some wool felt off of Etsy, along with the synthetic felt – the cost was so minimal. All you need is a hot-glue gun and a utility knife. Money set is a Melissa & Doug Play Money Set that we use in our home school frequently.
What better than a sweet shoppe located right next to a produce stand?
Handmade Holidays: Cardboard & Wool Felt Farmers Market & Sweet Shoppe Play Set by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Handmade Holidays: Cardboard & Wool Felt Farmers Market & Sweet Shoppe Play Set by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Handmade Holidays: Cardboard & Wool Felt Farmers Market & Sweet Shoppe Play Set by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
 Don’t they look delish?  I wish I had a set like this as a kid.
Handmade Holidays: Cardboard & Wool Felt Farmers Market & Sweet Shoppe Play Set by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
 After a day out shopping, who wouldn’t want to relax by a warm fire?
Handmade Holidays: Felt Campfire with Marshmallows Pretend Play Set by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
 Wooden dowel covered in a textured paint with a felt marshmallow roasting over a felt fire.  Perfect!
Handmade Holidays: Felt Campfire with Marshmallows Pretend Play Set by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
 No pattern for this one, just created my own, but I do believe there are patterns on Pinterest and Etsy.
Handmade Holidays: Felt Campfire with Marshmallows Pretend Play Set by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
 For my little guy, this fun slingshot set made from scrap wood, rubber bands, a piece of an old leather purse.  More details on this set from this post here.
Handmade Holidays: Wool Felt Balls with Wooden Toy Slingshot Pretend Play Set by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
 I have done oodles of other felt projects, but the last I’ll mention are for the older (younger at heart) group.
My smartphone covers are perfect for most anyone – I wrote about them in this post.
Handmade Holidays: Wool Felt Handmade Embroidered Cell Phone Cases by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
 Everyone could use a journal or notebook, and what could be better than one made from a felted wool sweater found at a thrift store?
Handmade Holidays: Wool Felt Handmade Repurposed Sweater Embroidered Journal Cover by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
 The pattern for this journal is found in Warm Fuzzies – cute and easy wool projects.
Handmade Holidays: Wool Felt Handmade Repurposed Sweater Embroidered Journal Cover by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
Using the same sweater I used on the journal, I made the beaded cupcakes shown above in the sweet shoppe.
I hope you’ve enjoyed the Handmade Holidays series and are able to make some wondeful creations! Please feel free to email me with questions. 
Merry Christmas!!!
Handmade Holidays: Gift Ideas & Resources, Dolls by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com
More Handmade Holidays for you!
Get your Christmas DIY on with these fun wooden gift ideas from the Handmade Holidays gift ideas by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesCreate your own Handmade Holidays with these easy and natural Bath & Body gift ideas by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpiecesGet your Christmas gifts done DIY style with these Handmade Holidays gift ideas using felt by Prodigal Pieces www.prodigalpieces.com #prodigalpieces
 

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