Wednesday, December 17, 2014

Make your own cat toy!

The first time I saw these cat toys was at a craft show back in probably 2002. I was making a lot of my own natural bath & body products and working the craft show circuit to sell them. At every single show there was somebody selling these things. It wasn't always the same people though, I guess it's a popular item to make. 

What always caught my eye though were the ones that would bring a big wire dog crate and put a cat inside. Those cats would play all day with those catnip toys. These toys are the perfect size and shape for them to hug and do that 'bunny kick' thing. They flip  on their back and just kick away at those catnip laced kitty sticks. Oh those cats had so much fun! 

make a catnip toy
Thinking back they were probably pretty buzzed up! lol Anyway, it's a simple toy so of course I figured out how to make kitty kick toys when I got home. My cats love them, and I know yours will too.

Things you'll need: Medium weight fabric or flannel.  Poly fill. Catnip. (Some people made them with bells inside, some didn't. I don't use the bells though.)

You want to cut a rectangle from the fabric. For the small ones it will be 7" X 10". The larger ones will be 7" X 13". Fold fabric lengthwise so that the pattern is inside. Pin in place. Starting at the bottom outer corner stitch across the bottom then turn the fabric and stitch to the top, back stitching to finish. Do not stitch the top. All your going to do is turn it inside out and start stuffing it. I use about a tablespoon of catnip in each stick. I putt the fluff in the tube and push it down with a ruler. Tamp it down so that the tube feels firm, not too squishy. After there is about an inch of fluff, sprinkle 1/3 of the catnip in. Fill about half way and again sprinkle 1/3 of the catnip in. About an inch from the top you'll add the remaining catnip and top that with more fluff. Keep packing the fill down as you go. You want it to be fully stuffed so they can really fight against it and it wont bend much. 

how to make a cat toy


When you've got the tube completely stuffed, fold the top down  turning it inside the tube and pin. Then run a row of straight stitches across the top. Easy!


I like to make 2 different sizes. The bigger the cat, the longer you'll want the tube or 'stick' to be. I like to grow and dry my own catnip, but you can buy some Right Here if you don't grow your own.


These are super easy to make, and even though I used holiday fabrics, you could easily make them with whatever scraps you have on hand! Happy sewing!

~L
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17 comments:

  1. I best my cat would LOVE this! And I'm glad I'm not the only crazy cat lady giving my cats holiday-themed gifts. :P

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    1. Lol I always get the pets Xmas gifts! They are so spoiled!!!

      ~Lisa

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  2. This is awesome! I have four cats so I think they each need one. Thanks so much!

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    1. Oh absolutely! Every cat must have their own! Lol Hope they enjoy them!

      ~Lisa

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  3. Making a bunch for my cat! thanks for sharing!

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    1. Great! I hope kitty likes them!

      ~Lisa

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  4. These are adorable and simply enough that I think I could actually make one! ha!

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    1. I'm sure you can! For as simple as they are, the cats sure love having something they can use all 4 paws at once on!

      ~Lisa

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  5. Does anyone elses cats eat the catnip? Ours lick it up. I love this simple toy for the cats. I will have to start this project for their Christmas presents!

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    1. I don't know if she would eat the catnip.......but after I was done making these she saw me put the bag on top of the refrigerator and managed to get all the way up there to get that bag down!

      ~Lisa

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  6. These are so cute! We love making presents for our furbabies! Thanks for sharing at the Homestead Blog Hop! Hope you'll stop by again this week!

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  7. Well I have a lot of material as I like to quilt. I think I will make some for my cats and maybe some for friends cats. Thanks for sharing this idea.

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    1. These are great for using up odd shaped remnants. Happy sewing!

      ~Lisa

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  8. What a fun idea! I bet my son and daughter in law would love some of these for their cats. I'm going to try to make some with my 5 year old for them. Thanks for sharing at Simple Lives Thursday; hope to see you again this week.

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    1. Thanks. Have fun making them. I'd love to see how they turn out!

      ~Lisa

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  9. Your cat is GORGEOUS! Love this homemade toy idea!

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    1. Awww, thanks! She's so spoiled too lol

      ~Lisa

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