|Catnip mouse made from a scrap of calico, felt, and dried catnip I grew on our farm.|
Easy Cat Toy PatternThis 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:
- Print the attached cat toy mouse pattern.
- Cut a swatch of fabric about 6 inches x 6 inches or however large you want to make your mouse.
- Fold the fabric in half.
- Fold the pattern in half along the dotted line.
- Pin the dotted line to the fold in the fabric.
- Cut out the half-heart.
- Remove pins and pattern.
- Open up the full heart-shaped piece of fabric.
- The pointy end will be the mouse's nose, the round end its bottom.
- Fold fabric inside-out. Pin it back into the half-heart shape.
- Sew from the pointed edge to halfway on the round end.
- Turn it inside out so that the right side of the fabric is on the outside.
- Use a chopstick or a knitting needle to push the fabric into shape.
- Stuff with catnip or cotton batting.
- Cut a small section of yarn for the mouse's tail.
- Pin the tail into place.
- Sew the end of the mouse shut by hand, sewing the tail into place.
To make the mouse's ears:
- Use a nickel or quarter coin as a pattern.
- Cut two circles of felt.
- Fold in half.
- Sew into place on the mouse's head with the open side facing forward or out.
To make the nose, whiskers and eyes:
- 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.
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