How to Make a Catnip Toy

Pets are just like a member of your family and you have to take care of their needs like you do for others living in your house. Every pet has certain needs for healthy living and thriving at your home. Cats are extremely human friendly and they are the first species which come into mind when you go for buying a pet. Apart from good environment and healthy diet, you need to provide playing toys to your cats. Catnip toys or other chewing toys are greatly liked by cats, as it keep their teeth healthy. You can make catnip toys out of some spare items in your home and it will take limited amount of time to present your cat with a playing toy.

Things Required:

– Scrap material
– Dressmaker pins
– Fabrics
– Needles
– Cissors or paper cutter


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    Before starting to make the catnip toy, you need to determine the shape of it, like a heart, ball or any other shape you can easily make. However, if you really want to make your cat happy, you can make a catnip toy looking like a mouse. This might need some extra effort but you can imagine how your cat will feel to play with a toy mouse.

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    After determining the shape of the toy, draw it on a paper grocery bag. Make sure to leave about 3/8 inch seam allowance around the design you make.

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    Use scissors or a paper cutter to cut out the design from the grocery bag.

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    Now you will need the scrap material to stuff the toy with. You can use some old rags, clothing or a mix of any scrap material for making the catnip toy. Initially fold a piece of scrap material and try to keep it as smooth as you can.

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    Place the cut design onto the scrap material and affix it with dressing pins firmly.

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    Now start stitching a 3/8 inch seam around the edges of the cut out pattern. Make sure the correct sides are intact prior to the stitching.

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    Stitch all around the edges but leave an inch’s space in the seam.

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    Use scissors to trim the seam from the corners and making the edges smoother.

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    Now turn the toy right side out and start stuffing dried catnip into the toy through the opening you left while stitching.

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    Once fully stuffed with catnip, sew the opening manually with a needle and thread.

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