DIY Cat Toys: Make Your Kitty a Double-Catnip Felt Toy
Have you ever tried making DIY cat toys? This homemade cat toy tutorial will show you how to make a soft, felt lime slice toy that’s pretty a-peel-ing to kitty paws. We’re going to let you in on the ultimate secret recipe for homemade cat toys. Not only is this toy stuffed with premium organic catnip, but we’ll also infuse the felt with catnip oil for your cat to swipe, swat and stalk during her prime hunting time. When you’re done, you’ll have a masterpiece among DIY cat toys that you can give to your main squeeze.
- Large circle stencil template or two cups of different sizes (a soda can and a 3-inch diameter cup work well)
- 2 small binder clips or sewing pins (straight pins)
- Black marker
- Felt squares or sheets (lime green, dark green and white)
- Embroidery needle
- Thread or embroidery floss (white)
- Organic catnip (Meowijuana Meowi-Waui, Petlinks Pure Bliss, Holistic Blend)
- From the Field Catnip Spray
- Use the marker to trace the 2.5-inch circle stencil (or soda can) onto a piece of lime green felt.
- Trace the 3-inch circle stencil or a 3-inch diameter cup onto a piece of white felt. Trace another 3-inch circle onto a piece of dark green felt.
- Pin (or clip) the smaller green circle in the center of the white circle. Use white thread to sew around the edge of the green circle to attach it to the white circle. (We used 6 strands thick; if using embroidery floss, separate 3 strands so that it’s 6 strands thick again once you thread your needle.)
- Use a running stitch to sew a spoke pattern onto the green circle so that you have eight separate pie-shaped sections.
- Fill in the middle of the circle with stitches to make the center white.
- Use a blanket stitch or whipstitch to attach this piece to the large, dark green circle. Leave about an inch unsewn.
- Fill your homemade cat toy with your choice of organic catnip.
- Finish sewing the last inch closed, and tie it off with a knot along the edge. Then spray with catnip oil on both sides.
Now comes the fun part. Toss this freshly sliced homemade cat toy to your kitty to add a little zest to playtime. With the double dose of vitamin C (for catnip), this is one toy that felines will juice for all it’s worth.
Nikki Naser, Pet Central Senior Editor
Instead of owning 30 cats, Nikki has an impressive collection of 30 cat-themed T-shirts, and just 4 pets—a ginger-haired senior cat, a senior Maine Coon, a middle-aged Choodle, and a young kitty who showed up one day on the back steps. A former Orlando resident, Nikki worked on several tourism publications before moving to South Beach. When she’s not stopping to take pics of community cats to post on Instagram, Nikki spends her time with the office pets at Chewy, writing for their Pet Central blog.