Catnip Cat Toys




About: I enjoy making random things off instructables and making my own things. I play the violin and have played for 9 years. I occasionally bake and cook, but I'm usually reading or listening to music.

These cat toys are easy to make and my cats go crazy over them. 

Step 1: You Will Need

Fleece Fabric (Remnants are perfect)
Polyester Fiber
A Sewing Needle
Embroidery Floss

Step 2: Cut the Fleece

Cut the fleece in a square (doesn't have to be perfect) to twice the size you want to make the cat toy. You need to cut it twice the size because you will have to fold it (see step 3).

Step 3: Fold and Start Sewing

Fold your fleece vertically. Make sure the edges line up, but it doesn't have to be perfect. Cut a long portion of the embroidery floss. Thread it through the needle and tie a knot at the end of the floss. Push the needle into the corner of the folded long end of the fleece. Sew running stitches starting at the closest short non-folded opening, since the folded long end does not need to be sewn. The stitches should be no bigger than 5 mm. Continue stitching until you have one short opening left.

Step 4: The Stuffing

Grab a chunk of polyester fiber and a couple pinches of catnip. Mix the catnip into the polyester fiber. (I recommend doing this over a garbage, because it can get messy.) After you've mixed the catnip into the fiber, stuff it into the fleece case. The fiber should be half an inch from the opening. If what you mixed is not enough, repeat.

Step 5: Finish and Give to Your Cats

Finish the cat toy by sewing the opening with a running stitch. Be sure all of the polyester fiber stays inside the  fleece case. Tie a knot at the end of the floss and cut it. Trim up string from the knots and give to your cats.



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    12 Discussions


    1 year ago

    i don't have any fleece, can i use the cotton that is packed in vitiamin's?


    2 years ago

    Making these this weekend! Found some really cute fleece with music notes. You can buy catnip spray to freshen these up if your cats get bored so make a few and you'll be set for a while.


    2 years ago

    My cat would absolutely LOVE this


    2 years ago

    I think the cat might be a russian blue, but i could be wrong.


    3 years ago

    I have a cat named Mulligan. I got him last year in August and he is still young but he goes crazy for catnip.


    5 years ago on Introduction

    I was just wondering... Do you know what breed your little kitten is? Is it a Korat? or a Russian blue?


    6 years ago on Introduction

    Points for mega cuteness!

    One thing about catnip is that only half of all cats respond to it. Apparently it is something genetic. So, if kitty doesn't respond to the catnip don't worry that you did something wrong. Testing the freshest catnip is best and then you will know for sure if your cat likes it.


    Reply 6 years ago on Introduction

    You can buy it online on of Amazon. Most pet stores here in the US sell it, as well. Other than that I don't know where to get it.

    I made something like that a while ago. I used a pocket from an old warn out jean pants that I had lying around and put some cat nip I bought at the store. My cat liked it for awhile then became bored with it. And yes I replaced the catnip in it. But it seems that he like fresh best. The cat nip you get at the store I think they cook it before they sell that so that no one can grow it from the seeds and there fore is not as good as fresh.

    But yeah, great idea and there’s nothing like a cat enjoying catnip.


    6 years ago on Introduction

    I love making catnip toys for my kittens. They're the first cats I've had that go nuts for it! Nice, simple write up.