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DIY cat toys

How can I include my cat in the holidays?

DIY cat toys are the easiest holiday gifts.

Being creative will put you in the holiday mood.

We cannot give our cats green beer, so these DIY catnip shamrock toys make wonderful St. Patrick’s Day gifts!

DIY cat toys are simple and fun to make. You will enjoy being creative, and your cat will appreciate a handmade toy.

Here’s a quick guide on DIY cat toys:

  1. Why DIY cat toys?
  2. Materials needed for DIY catnip shamrocks
  3. How to make DIY catnip toys

Why DIY cat toys?

DIY cat toys are safer for you and your cat. Most cat toys are made from plastic or have toxic coatings.

Since you are the one making the toys, you are in control of the materials.

You eliminate these unsafe materials when you make your cat toys.

Only buy from trusted sources, and wash your materials before you make your cat toys.

DIY catnip toys supplies and cat

Materials needed for DIY catnip shamrocks

  1. Green felt fabric
  2. A cardboard cutout of a shamrock
  3. A scissor
  4. Needle and thread
  5. Organic Catnip

I already had most of these materials at home. I purchased the felt at Michael’s craft store, and it was cheap.

The felt sheets were 39 cents each. I bought a light green and a dark green.

I made two catnip toys, but I only used about half of the fabric.

If you wanted to make four toys, two pieces of fabric would work well. My catnip shamrock toys are about the size of my palm.

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fabric catnip cardboard cutout and thread

How to make DIY catnip toys

Wash your fabric

I threw the felt sheets into the laundry on a cold wash. I let them hang dry instead of putting them into the dryer.

The fabric would probably shrink or lose its shape if you used heat.

Sketch a shamrock on a piece of cardboard

I used the side of a box.

Make the shamrocks large enough so that you can fit the catnip inside. Again, my shamrocks are about the size of my palm.

fabric cutouts and catnip

Cut shamrock shapes in the fabric

Place the cardboard cutout over a piece of felt. Using the scissor, cut around the cardboard shamrock.

I did not use a marker on the fabric because this is a toxic material. Remember, your cat toys will be in your cat’s mouth. You do not want a yucky marker on the fabric. Always keep a safe playtime.

Cut around as best as you can.

You will need two shamrocks for one toy.

Trim the edges

Trim around the edges of each shamrock until you’ve reached your desired shape. After I had two shamrock felt pieces, I matched them up and trimmed as needed.

Thread your needle

Draw out your thread generously. You will need more thread than you think.

I had to rethread three times on each shamrock toy.

DIY cat toys sew around edges

Sew around the edges

Place the two shamrocks on top of each other so that they are lined up.

I started at the stem and worked my way around.

I found out (by accident) that it’s better if you loop around the edges versus sewing side-by-side. It looks less like something out of a Tim Burton movie. Not that there’s anything wrong with that.

Stop sewing when you reach the beginning of the last leaf.

fill catnip toys with catnip before sewing the whole thing

Stuff the shamrock with catnip

Open the shamrock slightly so you can stuff it with catnip.

Catnip will be everywhere. This is inevitable.

Close up the shamrock toy

Continue to sew around the edges until the two pieces are completely sewn together.

I am not an expert sewer, so if I can do this, you can too. It took me about an hour to make both of these toys from start to finish.

As you can see in the pictures, my cat Jericho “helped” me along the way.

After the catnip shamrocks were done, I tossed them on top of our Ripple Rug.

cat playing with catnip toys

Jericho sniffed them and started biting them. He took them in his mouth and did the fast “kill it” shake. He pawed around at them and tossed them in the air. Success

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