Wednesday, April 6, 2016

Easy Cat Toy Pattern

I managed to miss the letter D yesterday in the A to Z blogging challenge, but nothing could stop me from the letter E...for this easy cat toy pattern! I have made this cat toy and I can say for certain that it is cat-tested and approved. If you'd like to make this easy cat toy, please feel free to download the pattern.

Catnip mouse made from a scrap of calico, felt, and dried catnip I grew on our farm.

Easy Cat Toy Pattern

This pattern is basically a heart-shaped piece of fabric.

Good fabrics to use are denim (I cut up old pairs of jeans to make cat toys) or cotton fabric. If using cotton fabric and making a catnip mouse, your cat may chew on the toy. Genghis Khan kitty loves to chew on the calico mouse I made for him to get to the nip.

To sew a cat toy mouse:

  1. Print the attached cat toy mouse pattern.
  2. Cut a swatch of fabric about 6 inches x 6 inches or however large you want to make your mouse.
  3. Fold the fabric in half.
  4. Fold the pattern in half along the dotted line.
  5. Pin the dotted line to the fold in the fabric.
  6. Cut out the half-heart.
  7. Remove pins and pattern.
  8. Open up the full heart-shaped piece of fabric.
  9. The pointy end will be the mouse's nose, the round end its bottom.
  10. Fold fabric inside-out. Pin it back into the half-heart shape.
  11. Sew from the pointed edge to halfway on the round end.
  12. Turn it inside out so that the right side of the fabric is on the outside.
  13. Use a chopstick or a knitting needle to push the fabric into shape.
  14. Stuff with catnip or cotton batting.
  15. Cut a small section of yarn for the mouse's tail.
  16. Pin the tail into place.
  17. Sew the end of the mouse shut by hand, sewing the tail into place.

To make the mouse's ears:

  1. Use a nickel or quarter coin as a pattern.
  2. Cut two circles of felt.
  3. Fold in half.
  4. Sew into place on the mouse's head with the open side facing forward or out.

To make the nose, whiskers and eyes:

  1. Draw them on with a black Sharpie marker.

How I made the mouse shown here:

I fold the fabric in half and use the fold line as the bottom of the toy. The toy is then sewn inside out, with a small hole left to stuff the mouse with either cotton batting or cat nip. I turn the toy inside out, using a stick to push the fabric into place, stuff the toy, sew it shut, and sow on two half-moon circles of felt for the ears. The tail is a piece of yarn with a knot in the end that is sown into the base of the mouse's bottom. Lastly, I use a black magic marker to draw on eyes, nose and whiskers.

Cats can sometimes open up the toys, but if you stuff them with catnip, there's no harm done except for a bit of a mess.


Here is Genghis playing with his mouse!

Download the cat toy pattern here: Easy Cat Toy Pattern.

A to Z Blog Challenge: E is for EASY Cat Toy Pattern

1 comment:

  1. Thanks for sharing this. I am going to try to make it.