Easy Catnip Dumpling Toy

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Or wonton, potsticker, pierogi, gyoza...whatever you call it, this is a cute, easy catnip toy that requires only a tiny bit of sewing and that your cat will love.

Supplies:

Step 1: Materials and Tools

  • fabric
  • needle and thread
  • scissors
  • pins
  • fiber fill stuffing
  • catnip
  • bowl or other circular object about 4 or 5" in diameter
  • air soluble pen
  • small funnel

Step 2: Make Dumpling Shell

Trace outline of bowl onto fabric with air soluble pen. Cut out circle.

Fold circle in half, GOOD SIDE OUT. You won't be reversing the fabric after you sew it (this allows you to make the crimped dumpling edge).

Pin folded circle and mark a smaller circle 1/2-3/4" in from the edge.

Step 3: Begin Sewing

Sew along the inner circle you marked in the last step using a long running stitch (I'm doing about 1/4" stitches). You can tuck the end of the thread between the cut edges of the fabric to hide it. Stop sewing when you're about 3/4 of the way around the dumpling, but don't tie off the thread yet.

Step 4: Add Filling

Stuff the dumpling, alternating bits of fiber fill with catnip. Use a funnel to insert the catnip for minimal mess.

Step 5: Ruching

Sew to 1/4" from the end. Tug the thread to gather/ruche the fabric, then sew the final stitch and tie off (again tucking the end of the thread between the cut edges of the fabric to hide it). Adjust the ruching so it's evenly distributed along the edge of the dumpling.

Step 6: Give Cat Toy to Your Cat

...if she hasn't tried to steal it from you already!

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    LeslieGeee

    4 days ago

    This is a simple to make and adorable cat toy. I was thinking a tail and a length of cord could be added to a dowel to make a rod toy. The other thing I would like to suggest to make it easier is to lay out a "flat" of stuffing, put a tablespoon or a bit more of catnip on the flat and spread it out. Then roll the flat up and stuff it into the partially sewn dumpling. It will be easier and when it comes time to change out the nip won't be a mess and you can possibly reuse the flat again. A chop stick or blunt edge of a wooden skewer will also help push the stuffing in if you don't want to put the rolled up stuffing inside as you sew. Thank you for sharing your project.

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    JustineM32

    12 days ago

    This is adorable! My *six* cats would love this! :-)
    ...I was normal three cats ago. XD

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    audreyobscura

    14 days ago

    The dumpling came out so cute!