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« on: December 03, 2008 02:03:19 PM »

Ok, so I give my cats gifts for Christmas.  I can't help it, they're spoiled!  So today I made some really simple catnip toys for them.

What you'll need:
Scraps of fabric
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Dried Catnip
3x5 card (optional)
Uncooked Rice (optional)

My cats have an affinity to spherical and cylindrical objects.  I can't tell you why... they just do. Cheesy  So I tried to make them little balls filled with catnip and rice (I would've done all catnip but I guess I'm stingy!  I didn't want to waste all their nip in a toy and then have them not like it.  I'd be too lazy to get the nip back out.  Wink)

So first, I cut out some pieces in this shape.  I wasn't very exacting for my own cats, but if I was making them for gifts I would've been a little more careful  Lips sealed

The blue pieces will be spheres, the zebra print will come later!

Start by sewing right sides together like this. Do this for all sides except the last.

On the last side, make sure the points are all sewn together properly and if not, sew them up with this last side (I hope that makes sense!).  Sew from the pointed end in toward the middle on each side, leaving an open gap in the middle.  It should look sort of like this.

Turn it right side out

Fold your 3x5 card in half OR fold it in a way that you can fit one end into the opening in the ball.  I'm sorry I don't have a picture of this, but you're going to put your catnip (and rice if you want) onto the 3x5 card and then stick one end horizontally into the opening if possible, then move the card vertically to let the contents drop into the ball.  You may need to do this multiple times
Now the nip is in the sphere!

Now just slip stitch the opening and you're set!

Here's the kitts reaction when I woke them up from their daily day-long nap in my bed. *yawn*

It did get some nuzzles though

I also did this three other ways.  I did a sphere with the seams showing which was easier because I didn't need to slipstitch (I hate slipstitching when not 1000% necessary.)
Here's a comparison.  If figured they might like the added texture of the seams? Who knows.

I also did a vaguely mouse-like shape.  For the first two years that I had my cats I also had pet rats so overly rodent-like toys were/are not allowed.  But I figured other people might want to make them and they're only vaguely that shape anyway.  Basically I just used three pieces instead of four.

That's it!

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« Reply #1 on: December 03, 2008 02:15:08 PM »

Those are really neat. My cats are kinda fat and lazy though. I'll definitely be making these for some uh, spring chickens I know though.  Wink

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« Reply #2 on: December 03, 2008 02:29:22 PM »

love it and your kits are cute. ive been thinking about making some toys for my cats but theyve never had cat nip before. lets see if they flip out:)

I paint these little pictures with a temporary poison. each one just like the other. i wonder why i even bother.
« Reply #3 on: December 03, 2008 02:34:53 PM »

I bought one of those multi-toy bags at a petstore and it had something kind of similar.  The fun thing about it was that it had a tag, so you knew how to wash it! And my cat carries the ball around by the tag, it's very cute.  So I would recommend a tag, it's like a handle for cats!
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« Reply #4 on: December 03, 2008 04:06:40 PM »

i am going to do this for my cats.  you cats are super cute too.

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« Reply #5 on: December 03, 2008 06:23:20 PM »

Now this looks like a sewing project that I might actually be able to do.  What a fun little project!  Thank you for sharing it.   Cheesy

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« Reply #6 on: December 04, 2008 06:26:44 PM »

Cute! My kitties might be getting some for Christmas.

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« Reply #7 on: December 06, 2008 03:42:09 PM »

 Smiley  Thanks!

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« Reply #8 on: December 08, 2008 12:20:56 AM »

These are cute and it looks like a great way to use up scrap fabric.  Plus, if you loose the nip and add more rice they look like they'd make cute hacky-sacks!

« Reply #9 on: August 09, 2011 10:15:48 PM »

So typical! You wake up the cats to show them the ultra-cool gift you made for them and what do you get?

A yawn.

I've got scrap fabric and a large quantity of nip as well. This is the perfect opportunity to make a yawn-inducer of my (their) very own. Thanks for the tutorial.
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