How to Make a Christmas Catnip Toy
Don't forget your furry best friend when making handmade gifts for the holidays. With just basic sewing skills, you can whip up a catnip-filled stocking-shaped toy as a surprise for your favorite kitty.
Pets seem to anticipate the holidays almost as much as we do. There's an excitement that fills the home as boxes are hauled in from the attic, basement or garage and the tree is set up. Include your cat in the holiday fun by unpacking this catnip stocking to play with each year then later packing it away with the rest of the holiday decorations to reserve it for the season.
- remnant of heavy, woven fabric
- sewing machine
- heavy duty thread
- twine, trim and embellishments
- dry catnip
Create Template and Cut Out Stocking
Create stocking template out of paper and pin to fabric. Cut out two pieces of fabric that are mirror images, so they will fit together to make one stocking. Tip: When creating the template, make sure it's small enough for a cat toy, but large enough to be able to sew and turn inside out.
Place both stocking pieces together with right sides facing each other. Place a few pins to hold stocking halves together. Sew edges of stocking together, leaving top unsewn. Trim threads and turn stocking right-side-out.
Fill Stocking with Catnip
Use a spoon to fill stocking with dried catnip (Image 1). Once filled, fold ends of stocking top in and stitch closed by hand with an all-purpose sewing needle and coordinating thread (Image 2).
Add Hanger and Decorative Cuff
Hand sew a loop of twine, ribbon or string to heel side of stocking top (Image 1). Cut length of trim that can completely wrap around stocking top and overlap by about 1/2" to create a decorative cuff. Hand stitch where cuff ends overlap and along stocking top (Image 2). Add any other desired embellishments, making sure all are securely attached to stocking and safe for cats to play with (Images 3 and 4).