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Treat your kittens this Valentine's or any day with catnip conversation hearts.  Modeled after Valentine's Day candy hearts substituted with lolcats phrases, these hearts are the perfect way to show your feline friend you love them too.  It just takes some felt, catnip, batting, and rudimentarty sewing skills to make these sweet hearts for your furry sweethearts.  What kinds of conversations will your catnip hearts kick off? 

Step 1: Materials

For this project, I used felt, but fleece is another great choice.  The best fabrics will be soft, durable, and won't fray when you cut them.  

For the lettering, I used heavy duty fusible backing, and cut the letters out, turning them into iron-on patches.  

Materials:

Craft felt in pastel colors
Heavy-duty Heat n' Bond Thermoweb
Catnip
Polyfill batting
Thread

Tools:

Pinking shears (these are my industrial bad boys, but you can definitely find them cheaper)
Sewing machine or hand sewing needle
Iron



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Step 2: Trace and Cut

Trace the shape of your heart onto the fabric.  

WIth the fabric doubled, cut out the heart with pinking shears.  

Step 3: Fuse Letters

I didn't grap snapshots of making the lettering, but here's the technique I used:

Again, using fabric that doesn't fray, cut a sheet of thermoweb the same size as your fabric (I used an 8"x10" sheet).  
Using an iron, fuse the thermoweb to the fabric. 
It is probably best to remove the backing before cutting out the letters, but I did not do that.  Instead I cut them out first, and peeled the backing off later.  If you like tiny detail peeling type work like that, you'll love this.  I, however, do not.
Cut out your letters!  

Once your letters are ready and your hearts are cut, space them on the front of the hearts and cover with paper or cotton fabric.

The heat required by the iron to fuse the letters will melt craft felt and seriously gunk up your iron!!!

Fuse the letters to the hearts really well or they will be the first things to be ripped apart by eager kittens.  


** if you don't want to go to the trouble of cutting and fusing letters, try rachaelwhitaker's technique and embroider them! 

Step 4: Sew the Hearts

Following the lines you traced for cutting, sew along the edge of the heart, leaving a space open large enough to stuff with the polyfill and catnip. 

If you don't have a sewing machine, or are not comfortable using one, you can definitely sew this all by hand using the backstitch demonstrated here by the lovely and talented jessyratfink! 

Step 5: The Good Stuff

I wasn't quite sure how much of anything to use, or how to get it all into the heart, so I just wadded up some batting, rolled some nip up in it, and shoved it all into the heart.  

I experimented with stuffing with some polyfill first, then adding the nip, and finishing with stuffing, but there was an obvious change in color where the nip was, so I think mashing it all together before shoving it in is really the best - and messiest - technique here.  And how do I know I've done something well if there isn't a huge mess afterwards?

Step 6: Alternate Method

Alternatively, you can draw the heart on the felt, and sew the two sides together before cutting along  the edges and adding the lettering.  This method is a little easier to control in terms of stitching clean lines if you're not super confident with a sewing machine.

Step 7: Gratuitous Cat Photos: Coco

Now it's time to introduce your catnip conversation hearts to your feline valentines!  Or, in my case, grab your camera as soon as they discover them on your sewing table and steal them right away.  Naughty Coco!

Step 8: Gratuitous Cat Photos: Button

Button was much more reserved in her approach to the new toys.  Not generally a fan of the catnip, I think this new treat was compelling enough to win her over.  Once she saw she Can Haz it, she knew it was ok to destroy.  
So cute!!! I'm gonna make these
adorable!! :)
Your drugging them
Thought button only had 1 eye in the first pic. Then I realised that it was just the camera angle
My cat is scary when he eats catnip ... but it's funny watching him go crazy
Love it!! could you do more animal items I have already done all them that you made
Great!! <br>Cats are so fun, I have 2 lovely ones, I have catrknip in a vase. They really love it! The fresh plant is nice and they roll with the leaves and sometimes eat them lol! <br> <br>Eliane
This is so cute! My cat would love this. Last thing i made for her was a felt mouse... It was ripped up in a few days
My cat nip toys eventually loose their flavor as I think all do. I recharge mine though. I have a gallon glass jar (an old pickle jar ) that I half filled with cat nip that I bought in bulk on eBay. I throw all the toys in there and shake it up and then leave it for a week or just store them in there all the time. They pick up that smell and get recharged and they are good to go for another round. Sometimes I let the cats pick out the one they want. Just open the lid and they fish out their catch of the day. I do have one who tries to climb in the jar though ( He buries his head in the cat nip ) so they do need supervision. You get a lot of extra play out of toys this way. And the wet slobbered ones appear to recharge the best so just pick them up, say yuck, and chuck them in the jar. Your cats will love you even more for it.
AAAAAW they are adorable! Both the hearts and the cats!
These are ADORABLE! Love 'em!
Love the cat pics at the end <3
The 'ible is pretty neat ... but those photographs are GREAT! You are talented with the camera!
Hey scoochmaroo! My daughter sent me a link about kitties because I love them! I shared this link with Jessy and I had to share it here also! I hope you like it, It does have a goofy start but hang in there:<br> <br> <a href="http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JvSs6bp0E_c&list=SPP4n-TyNYe5w3RttD3R9iDcISFSzyCkzl&index=3" rel="nofollow">http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JvSs6bp0E_c&amp;list=SPP4n-TyNYe5w3RttD3R9iDcISFSzyCkzl&amp;index=3</a>
Very cute hearts and very very cute kittens.
bonjour <br>j'adore votre cr&eacute;ation et j'ai 4 chat. <br>ou trouver l'herbe a chat ? <br>merci
But I digress. Love this instructable and plan to make a few for my kitties.
&quot;Catnip: Egress to Oblivion&quot; http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3scQ0wq5zLE
Catnip is like marijuana to cats - should you really be giving your cats drugs?
This craft is adorable! So, easy, too. Your instructions are exceelent and fun to read. <br> <br>Question: did you use a die cut to cut out your letters? They look so consistent. <br> <br>Thanks for the kitty photos, too. I'm a sucker for all of these fun cat photos on the web.
excellent idea.....
Cute! I know what I'm making for my mom's cats! :) Your cats are cute too.
Great idea. I especially like the mini bios for Button and Coco. How about one that says &quot;KAT LDY&quot;
Adorable.
Nice idea, and your cat is awesome, beautiful, wonderful, bellissima!
These are adorable! I just bought some catnip today and my cats LOVE it..I will definitely be making some of these! Thanks for the great idea!
Awww...another great idea! <br> <br>Your kitties have a special mom ;-)
I think we need MOAR PIX of Coco and Button <br /> <br />:D
Agreed! Your kitties are so cute!

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