Ultimate Cat Toy / Small Flog




Introduction: Ultimate Cat Toy / Small Flog

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I know, odd title...but it's true.

I'm a big fan of knots and rope-work in general, so when we recently got a new kitten in the house I couldn't help but make her some toys.  It just so happens that when you make a handheld toy with dangly parts (which as we all know cats *loooove*) it also ends up being a nice little flog (for you...knotty...folks :)

If you are already familiar with knots, braiding, and rope crafts this is a fun and relatively quick project.

If you are not familiar but interested in learning, this will definitely help you along as it uses two very useful braids that can be used for many other projects.

I will try to approach this in a way that even absolute beginners should have no problem!

Please comment and rate! I would appreciate any feedback! Questions welcome! (It was trickier than I thought to explain the knotwork!)

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Step 1: Supplies

You will need:

                    - or other tool suitable for cutting rope
                    - or other flame source
                    - Totally up to you, I used two colors of polyester rope.  Anything with a decent thickness will be fine (1/4" and up)
                    - For beginners I would recommend two colors, as it makes it easier to keep track during braiding.  Plus it looks nice :)

*Before we begin, if common sense is used there is very little risk for injury during this project.  However, keep in mind when searing the ends of synthetic rope to prevent fraying the tip will be *very* hot and the molten plastic will stick to your skin and can cause a blistering burn.  If desired, keep a cup of water handy to dip the seared tip in to cool it immediately.

Step 2: Braiding the Handle (square Sinnet Knots)

This will form the handle, using square sinnet knots.

*Note: none of these lengths are written in stone, you can make yours as long or short as you like, but I'll list the lengths I used.

- Cut two 6' lengths of rope (if using two colors, one length of each)

- If using synthetic rope, sear the ends to prevent frays.  If using cotton rope, use tape or glue.

-Find the middle of each length and bring the middle points together, forming a "X"  (see photo 1)

Please see photos to continue the braid...

Step 3: Spirals (a Lesson in Half Hitches)

After the handle is completed, you should have four strands dangling around.  You could leave it like this, but I felt they needed a little weight at the ends, plus a little flair...

To make the nifty spiraled parts, we'll need some separate lengths of rope.  I used lengths that were from my hand to my shoulder, so I guess something like 2 1/2'.  Since I worked with two colors, I chose alternating colors for the spirals.

Essentially it's just a series of half hitches.

Please see photos to continue the spiral knots

Step 4: Finished! Time to Play!

Once you have finished tying and positioning your spirals, and all the loose ends have been snipped and sealed, you're good to go!

If you used the same lengths as me, your finished piece should look something like the photo...

Check out the other photos to see detail shots of the different parts, and the grand introduction of kitty to the interwebs!

Our kitten absolutely *loves* this thing, I hope yours does to!

I'd love to hear how yours turns out!  Please comment! Questions are welcomed!

Additional notes:
      Square sinnet knots (which we used for our handle) are great for all sorts of projects for children or adults.  Also, once you are comfortable with the "squared" version shown here, there is an alternate way that renders a rounded handle (round sinnet) with the colors spiraling.  If anyone is interested I'll post additional instructions for that :)
     Half hitching is extremely useful both as an aesthetically pleasing technique in crafts and a practical knot for around the home, camping, or securing loads. 

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    9 Discussions


    2 months ago

    Surely it's a cat o' nine tails?! ;) Interesting skill to learn tho.


    4 years ago

    How do you finish the square knots? Mine kept coming undone.


    5 years ago



    5 years ago

    The knotting is the same as a circle scooby


    6 years ago on Introduction

    Aww, I bet they would! You can use most any rope, in fact the type I used here was very cheap and not the best for projects like this. You probably wouldn't want to use anything much thicker than what I show here, but even that isn't impossible...just bulky. If you go smaller that's fine as well, more of a personal preference. The only issue would be if you use an all cotton rope or something non-synthetic as you can't melt the ends to prevent fraying. But, since it's only a pet toy, fraying isn't all that terrible!

    Sorry to reply so late, hope this helps!


    7 years ago on Step 3

    How did you finish off the half hitch knots?


    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    Better late than never to reply I suppose!

    In this case I just melted the ends to secure the end and prevent fraying/unraveling.