Holey Socks & Sweater Scraps! Recycled Cat Toys from Marvelous Melissa Plus BONUS GIVEAWAY Winner’s Choice!

Mon, Nov 9, 2009

Giveaways, Green Design, Toys

Three Blind Mice

What moderncat doesn’t love a nice homemade toy that helps reduce the impact on the landfill? Well, as soon as your cat reads this, he’ll be asking you for one of these toys from Etsy seller Marvelous Melissa. She makes two different kinds of eco-friendly cats toys: Three Blind Mice and darn!socks, both of which are extremely popular with the eco-conscious feline crowd.

Three Blind Mice are made with felted scraps of old wool sweaters rolled into little mice with organic catnip inside. Perfect for carrying and batting around. Darn!Socks are made from holey old socks, bound for the trash, but instead reincarnated as adorable mice, just the right size for bunny kicking. These guys are filled with organic catnip, a bit of recycled crinkly plastic, a few pistachio shells (for a good crunch), and recycled wool sweater lint. It doesn’t get any more eco-friendly than that!

Darn!Socks

Enter to Win! Bonus Giveaway, Five Winners, Winner’s Choice!

Marvelous Melissa is offering five winners each their choice of either a set of Three Blind Mice or a darn!socks cat toy. Please leave a comment on this post to enter. The five winners will be chosen in a random drawing on November 17 and notified via email. One entry per person. This giveaway is open to readers everywhere. Now that’s marvelous!

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658 Responses to “Holey Socks & Sweater Scraps! Recycled Cat Toys from Marvelous Melissa Plus BONUS GIVEAWAY Winner’s Choice!”

  1. 251
    Connie Hurtado

    What a cute way to recycle the old sweaters. Plus it looks like they’d be perfect to just throw in a container of catnip and refresh for kitty.

  2. 252
    Stephanie

    cute! I just love moderncat!

  3. 253
    Diana Sebzda

    These sock toys are so cute. I don’t think my old holey socks would turn out such cute cat toys though. I love the idea of pistachio shells, for the extra crunch. Would never have thought of that!

  4. 254
    jason

    Who said it ain’t easy being green? Great idea!

  5. 255
    Irina Wolff

    Sewing patterns please!

  6. 256
    jenny

    i love when people recycle and all the better if my cat benefits!

  7. 257
    Roxy

    What a great idea! I think I’ll try making some of these with my own sock and sweater scraps.

  8. 258
    Jennifer

    I love it! Very cute.

  9. 259
    G Zink

    Very cute… sure my cats would love these.

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    lowrah

    Those toys are seriously cute. I love upcycled goods!!

  12. 262
    Lindsay Friend

    Great toys! Sebastian and Cordelia would love them x

  13. 263
    Theresa Sheldon

    Wow! These are so cute and eco-friendly too. What a way to reuse, recycle and reduce!

  14. 264
    Cathy

    so cute! my little guy would take these and kick them under the stove and cry until i got them out for him again :)

  15. 265
    Janie M.

    Awesome! Very innovative!

  16. 266
    Adrienne

    i love these! i was making some from fabric scraps but i never thought about old socks. what a great idea.

  17. 267
    Margaret

    How cute!!!!! My kitcats would love them!!!!!!!!!!!!

  18. 268
    Lori D.

    Awesome idea! If possible, everything I own would be recycled. Love this!

  19. 269
    jmsjtb

    My kitties go nuts for catnip mice!!

  20. 270
    Tracey

    Very nice. And, you can color coordinate your toys!

  21. 271
    ilene

    What adorable and useful toys! My cats say that they would love to have the “Three Blind Mice!!”

  22. 272
    Lisa Roth

    great toys! darling to look at and politically correct to boot!

  23. 273
    Jen S

    verrrrrrrrrry cute! do you need donations?

  24. 274
    Audrey

    Adorable! My cats would love to win!!!

  25. 275
    Jenny

    How cute! Linus would love these!

  26. 276
    Tammy Botzon

    So cute! I can see my boys playing with them now :)

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    kekoid

    the sock thieves would be pleased <3

  29. 279
    Stephanie

    I love that they’re recycled! and adorable too :)

  30. 280
    Fran

    Panama and Lucy my cats would love these!

  31. 281
    Nicole

    I like the three blind mice ones. The recycled idea is great. Plus they are cute — It is always nice to have attractive toys strewn around the apt!

  32. 282
    JD

    My fluffy black foster kitten, Vincent Price, would enjoy the mousey!

  33. 283
    de

    Great idea for those singles sock that come from the drier. Can the creator use some more socks? I have a lot of them. I’ve been using for pillow stuffing for my cats. De

  34. 284
    jo-anne in vancouver

    I’ve swtiched all our kitty toys to green – always wonderful to hear about new ones! I just love the Three Blind Mice!

  35. 285
    Liz

    Oh my goodness those are SO cute!! What a darling idea to use fabric scraps and holey socks to make toys!! My kitties love my socks and put holes in them, I bet they would love toys made out of already holey socks!!

  36. 286
    Babs (formerly Kush's human)

    Who’s the gorgeous tabby? Love the toys, but that kitty is eye candy! Seriously, I love the idea and look of the mice. (Kush already likes to bite my toes so I worry about further encouraging him with sock toys.)

  37. 287
    Lily S

    Adorable toys, but also toys with a conscience! Can’t beat that. I’m in love with the 3 blind mice myself!

  38. 288
    Diane

    oh my! i can’t imagine how many different places I’d find these if my kitties got a hold of them!

  39. 289
    mollysusie

    how stinking cute! wonder if she accepts donations of holey socks and sweaters?

  40. 290
    Far

    These toys are very cool & useful. I just think they’re great for my cat.

  41. 291
    jenn b

    super cute!!!

  42. 292
    millie

    Cute toys and it’s great to not throw more stuff into land fills.

  43. 293
    Bernadette

    What a wonderful idea! They are very cute.

  44. 294
    yvette

    I love that it’s recycled!!!!

  45. 295
    obsidiankitten

    What great toys! I’m running off to favorite Melissa on etsy right now…

  46. 296
    iratecat

    So cute! And it’s cool that they’re all recycled. Go

  47. 297
    shauna

    Oh my kitty would love these!

  48. 298
    Nancy Wan

    Very eco-friendly and cute!

  49. 299
    Marcia

    Love the concept behind these. And cute, too!

  50. 300
    Kim Warehime

    Very green idea! My cats just love socks! I’m sure they’d love these toys too!


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