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Catnip Fish Toy

This whimsical fish-shaped toy is sure to become one of your cat's favorite playthings.




Although available in any pet store, catnip can be grown in a range of soils, dried, and used to make this project.


  • Fish template
  • Fabric
  • Pins
  • Pinking shears
  • Cotton batting or wool scraps
  • Piece of paper
  • Catnip
  • Needle and thread
  • Upholstery needle and thin sturdy twine, for hanging


  1. Step 1

    Trace template onto two layers of fabric. Cut out shapes.

  2. Step 2

    Pin right sides together, leaving 1/4-inch seam allowance. Sew seam, and leave 1 1/2-inch opening for filling.

  3. Step 3

    Trim seams with pinking shears.

  4. Step 4

    Turn right side out. Press seams flat.

  5. Step 5

    Stuff with cotton batting or wool scraps until firm. Shape a piece of paper into a funnel, and use it to add 1 to 2 tablespoons of dried catnip or to fill the whole toy with catnip.

  6. Step 6

    Hand-stitch opening closed.

  7. Step 7

    If desired, make fishing line: Thread an upholstery needle with 30 inches of thin sturdy twine, and sew through the seam of the fish's mouth. Tie knot to secure.

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Reviews (2)

  • Lotusgirlie 6 Jul, 2010

    So simple! So adorable!

  • mom2acat 13 Nov, 2009

    I made a couple of these for my cats, they love them! I also made several to give the kitties of friends and family for Christmas.