Catnip Pillow Toy

About: The Steamstress Lady Katherine, aeronaut, adventurer, and trader has travelled the globe collecting glamorous garments and finery during her many adventures.

This is a very easy project that is inexpensive to create and your feline friend will truly enjoy!

Step 1: Let's Get Started!

You Will Need:




Overlock Surger

rotary cutter

I made it at TechShop! using the Overlock serger and sewing kit available with sewing tools including the rotary cutter. The rotary mat used is available in the Textiles area. The friendly TechShop staff is also there to help with any questions you may have on any project.

To begin, cut a small square out of your chosen fabric. Mine is about 3.5" x 3.5" but the choice is up to you. You don't want it too big or it will be difficult for your kitty to carry around.

Step 2: Create a Pocket

After cutting your square you will have 2 pieces. You will want the right side of fabric facing out for this project.

Using the Overlock Serger machine, serge the squares together on three sides, creating a small pocket.

Step 3: Add the Catnip!

Fill the pocket about 1/2 way with the catnip. Don't fill too full or it will be hard to sew closed.

Once filled, surge the remaining side closing in the catnip and finishing your pillow toy.

Step 4: Enjoy!

Your catnip pillow is finished. Shake it up and present it to your kitty for endless hours of fun!

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    4 Discussions


    4 years ago

    What brand is your sewing machine? I know odd question but I am thinking you are experienced at this sewing so I can count on a good answer recommendation on a machine. Would like to sew catnip pillows and other cat toys corn bags and the like thank you :)

    I thought of that also, but since I was just using some scrap fabric, it was cheaper just make a new one if it stops being fragrant.

    I just need to get started, thanks for getting me as far as my sewing machine is now out from storage since 2001!!! I had thought also of taking old ones and cutting, emptying to see what was in it before...and adding fresh catnip (after washing first).....I hope to grow lots of catnip this summer. smile. i am putting your post on my facebook....