Have you ever tried looking for DIY cat toys? They’re pretty hard to find. I remember looking awhile back and I just couldn’t find anything that didn’t require knitting (which I’ve never done) or a sewing machine for perfect stitches. I wanted something very simple that my cat could enjoy without costing much money. I ended up trying to make my own DIY cat toy and the results were fantastic. Flakes (our cat) LOVES these toys and they’re so easy to make. Just follow the tutorial below and enjoy!
Supplies you’ll need for the DIY catnip toys: Fabric (remnants work GREAT!), needle, thread, felt (any color), scissors, a plastic grocery bag and catnip. If you don’t have any felt, you can also use pillow stuffing or even yarn remnants. Basically anything that’s fluffy is perfect!
STEP 1 – Cut the Fabric
Cut a piece of fabric equal to twice the width you want your toy to be. I typically cut mine about 4-5 inches wide and 4 inches high so I will end up with a 2 inch by 4 inch pillow. I encourage you to make several different sizes to figure out what works best for your cat. For the purposes of this tutorial, I cut mine a little bigger than normal and I found that my cat liked this more than his previous toys.
STEP 2 – Fold the Fabric
Fold the fabric in half (good sides facing) “hot dog style”. It should be longer than it is wide.
STEP 3 – Sew Up 2 “Open Sides”
Sew up bottom and the long side. Leave the other side open for now.
STEP 4 – Turn Inside Out
Turn the newly sewn pillow inside out. The “good side” should be facing out now.
STEP 5 – Cut off Button of Bag
Use the pillow as a template for how much you should cut. The cut bag should be 3/4 as tall as the pillow.
STEP 6 – Fold Bag to Fit in Pillow
Fold the bag so that it will fit inside the pillow.
STEP 7 – Pour Catnip on Felt
Pour catnip into a small section of felt. As long as it will fit inside the pillow, it works. You will want to repeat this step with another piece of felt.
STEP 8 – Roll Grocery Bag and Felt Together and Stuff Pillow
Roll the grocery bag and 2 pieces of felt together and stuff them into the pillow. The pillow should be nice and full.
STEP 9 – Sew up the Open Side of the Pillow
Sew up the open side of the pillow. The stitches don’t have to be pretty because only your kitty will be seeing it. 😉
Once the side is sewn up, you’re all done! Rub the pillow to activate the catnip and toss it to your kitty. My cat Flakes LOVES his (yes, he plays with a pink toy, so what?). Check out some of the pictures I took of Flakes when I gave him his toy: