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. (+ video tutorial)
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.
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.
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!
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.
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.
Just grab your supplies and get sewing.
Print the template (found here.) and watch the video below for the instructions on how to make a Catnip Toy!!
How to Make a Catnip Toy
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- Pattern (link in post)
- basic sewing supplies
- Gather Supplies.
- Print pattern/templates and cut out pattern pieces from template.
- Line the belly piece up on front body piece. Pin and sew belly piece in place.
- Repeat for the eyes, using a specialty stitch to add pupils to the eyes.
- Add wings and ears. (refer to video to see how to place)
- 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.
- Flip toy right side out.
- Use a funnel and fill toy with catnip.
- Sew bottom of toy closed.
- That's it! Now go play with your kitty!
About the Author
Jamie Sanders is a wife and mom of 2, located in the heart of Texas. She founded Scattered Thoughts of a Crafty Mom in 2011 as a place to share creative ideas and family friendly recipes. Her work has been featured on Martha Stewart, Woman’s World, HuffPost, TODAY, Pioneer Woman, HGTV, CNET, Good Housekeeping, Yahoo, Oprah Daily, and Redbook, plus many other publications. To date, she had given away just under a million free pdf sewing patterns.