Homemade Catnip Cat Toy
Buying cat toys from the cat toy aisle of the pet store can be pricey. You can save lots of money by making cat toys yourself. Cats love catnip so make your furry friend a few catnip pillow kicker toy. Each pillow is the purrfect toy to keep your cat entertained for hours.
Catnip is a euphoric herb for cats. When a cat smells catnip it stimulates their senses, elevates boredom and makes them a little crazy.
DIY catnip pillow rolls or kickers are surprisingly simple and cheap to sew. If you have about 15 minutes, a sewing machine, scrap fabric, polyester fiberfill, catnip along with minor sewing skills you can whip up a catnip toy to get your cat playing in no time.
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Learn how to make a catnip cat kicker by watching our video or continue reading this article for a step-by-step photo tutorial.
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how to sew a catnip pillow kicker toy
HERE IS WHAT YOU'LL NEED:
INSTRUCTIONS for making a catnip toy:
STEP 1: Cut Fabric
To begin making the homemade catnip cat toy, cut a piece of cotton, fleece or flannel fabric into an 8" x 12" rectangular.
Every sewer has a stash of scrap fabric so this project is an excellent way to use up some of those scraps.
STEP 2: Fold Short Ends
Once the fabric is cut, go to the ironing board and press the short ends under to the wrong side 1/2 inch.
STEP 3: Fold and Sew
Fold the fabric lengthwise with pretty sides together aligning the raw edges and pin the fabric in place. The piece should measure approximately 4 inches x 11 inches.
At the sewing machine and using a straight stitch, sew along the long side using a 1/2" seam allowance. You now have a fabric tube.
Turn the fabric tube right side out.
STEP 4: Edgestitch
On one short end, edgestitch making sure to backstitch at the beginning and end. Edgestitching is a straight line of stitches made along the edge of the fabric. Our edgestitch tutorial may be helpful.
STEP 5: Stuff
Stuff the fabric tube with about 1 inch of polyester polyfill stuffing, add some dried catnip, add more polyester fill, more dried catnip, repeat until the roll is filled.
Finally, close the catnip roll by sewing a row of straight stitches close to the edge (edgestitching again).
It's that easy. The catnip toy is finished.
STEP 6: Give To Your Cat
This catnip filled toy is guaranteed to be a hit. Your cat will love hugging, kicking and rolling all over the toy. Play a game of cat hide and seek by hiding the catnip roll in a box or paper grocery bag. Watch the cat as it tries to find the toy.
If you have cats on your Christmas list or you are making items for a bazaar or craft fair, these can be whipped up in no time. This project is so simple even kids can make it.
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