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Pretty DIY Cat Toys

By: Marti Cooper from Sewlicious Home Decor

Learn how to make cat toys with catnip for some handmade fun that both you and your cat will enjoy. These teabag-inspired Pretty DIY Cat Toys will keep your kitty happy for hours. Simply give your furry friend one of these cat toys and watch the fun ensue. Homemade cat toys are a great way to show your kitty how much it is loved. Once it gets a hold of these Pretty DIY Cat Toys, your furry friend will be showing you how much that love is returned.

Primary TechniqueSewing


Sewn byBoth Hand and Machine


  • Fabric
  • String
  • Catnip
  • Poly-fil
  • Felt


  1. Cut your fabric pieces 2-1/2 inches by 2-1/2 inches. Fold them in half wrong sides together.  Be sure wrong sides are together.

  2. Cut your strings 4-1/2 inches long.
  3. Go to your sewing machine and sew up one side and the top. Find the center at the top and tuck your string inside, leave a little bit sticking out so you can sew over it.
  4. Still with wrong sides together, fold the open side about 1/4 of an inch. Iron hem so it will leave a crease. You will need the crease when you hand sew it closed.

  5. Fill with catnip and some poly-fil, then hand sew the opening closed.

  6. To hand sew the opening closed, start by going up under the hem that’s folded down, coming out right on the seam line.
  7. Pull your needle through.

  8. Then come over to the other side and put your needle through where the hem crease is.
  9. Pull your needle through.

  10. Then go to the other side and put your needle through, right where the crease is. Continue doing this until you reached the end.
  11. Cut a small piece of felt for the peice that goes on the end of the string. Go to your sewing machine and sew it on. Giving it a couple of stitches. Don’t forget to backstitch!


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This is a brilliant idea I've even used spray catnip in a bottle it really does work.Also sometimes I place on the floor for them empty toilet paper rolls scrunched up tinfoil/paper even my chap stick has gotten into their playtime.My cat just had 4 kittens they are funny to watch play with.You should try this cat toy pattern or what I mentioned if you can't yet.

This is GENIUS. I had no clue these could be made so easily. Recently, my cat started actually playing with a toy similar to this one, so this tutorial couldn't have come at a better time. Thanks!

These are so pretty. I think it would be better if the toys were rounded or mouse-shaped, though.

I sure would love to see more cat things in here. Toy's bed's, Collar's, tie's, etc. As you see in my profile photo. My Pooterman LOVED his tie's! More so the long ties then the bow tie's. But he loved them and loved modeling them! Sadly he passed away. BUT I shall knit some collar's and submit them in here! COMING SOON!


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