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DIY Catnip Toy (with free printable pattern and video tutorial)

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All cats love to play!  Learn how to make a Catnip Toy for your cat with this easy DIY Catnip Toy Tutorial and free PDF pattern. (+ video tutorial)

All cats love to play!  Learn how to make a Catnip Toy for your cat with this easy DIY catnip toy tutorial and free downloadable pattern.


How to Sew a Catnip Toy (Catnip toy tutorial w/ free printable template and video tutorial)

The kids and I have been enjoying watching a fun new (to us) tv show together called My Cat From Hell.  Have you seen this show yet?  It’s all about misbehaving and aggressive cats wreaking havoc in their households. 

Every week, a new episode focuses on a couple of different cat families and the problems they are facing.  A professional cat consultant visits each family’s home and teaches proper handling and care. Plus he gives suggestions to help remedy the cat’s bad behaviors. 

While the show is all in good fun, it’s actually interesting to learn about what could be causing the different behavioral issues.   We’ve even picked up a few great tips on dealing with our 2 kitties.  (Tips like – the importance of playtime for your cat, catifying your home and keeping your cat healthy regular vet visits and lots of love.

Learn how to sew a quick and easy catnip toy for your kitty with this free downloadable template and video tutorial.

Kitties Need Playtime!

Playtime is so important in the health of your cat.  Cats (just like humans) need exercise to release excess energy.  Toys like feathers, crinkly balls, play mice, feathers on a string are all great ways to play with your cat and help them release energy.

If you find your cat is not very interested in his toys, you might consider a catnip toy to pique his interest.  The good thing is, most cats love catnip and it’s perfectly safe for them as it is part of the mint family.

Learn how to sew a quick and easy catnip toy for your kitty with this free downloadable template and video tutorial.

We are trying to make it a priority to give both our cats more playtime.  I put together this simple catnip toy for Rocky and as you can see, he has really been enjoying it!

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DIY Catnip Toy

At first, I thought that Callie (our 20-year-old kitty) wasn’t too interested in the toy, but it turns out, she does play with it!  She just prefers her play-time first thing in the morning.

How to make a catnip toy

You’ll love how simple this DIY catnip toy is to make.  I provided a printable template and you’re basically just sewing a few pieces of felt together and adding catnip.

Easy Peasy!

Just grab your supplies and get sewing.

Materials Needed

Print the template (found here.) and watch the video below for the instructions on how to make a Catnip Toy!!


Have fun!

How to Make a Catnip Toy



Pin the project here:   

how to sew a catnip toy

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Yield: 1 catnip toy

How to Make a Catnip Toy for your Kitty

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Learn how to make a Catnip Toy for your cat with this easy DIY Catnip Toy Tutorial and free printable pattern. (+ video tutorial)

Prep Time 5 minutes
Active Time 20 minutes
Total Time 25 minutes
Difficulty easy


  • Felt
  • Catnip
  • Pattern (link in post)
  • Scissors
  • basic sewing supplies


  1. Gather Supplies.
  2. Print pattern/templates and cut out pattern pieces from template.
  3. Line the belly piece up on front body piece. Pin and sew belly piece in place.
  4. Repeat for the eyes, using a specialty stitch to add pupils to the eyes.
  5. Add wings and ears. (refer to video to see how to place)
  6. Line up te back body piece with the front. Pin and sew around the edges, leaving a 1 to 2 inch opening at the bottom of the catnip toy.
  7. Flip toy right side out.
  8. Use a funnel and fill toy with catnip.
  9. Sew bottom of toy closed.
  10. That's it! Now go play with your kitty!

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  1. shana laser says:

    I can’t find the template. only the instructions will print. Disappointing and frustrating.:(

    1. Jamie Sanders says:

      Did you click the pattern link under “Materials Needed”?

  2. Dorothy Haskins says:

    Pattern link does not work.

    1. It working for me. What happens when you click the link?