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
- Pinking shears
- Cotton batting or wool scraps
- Piece of paper
- Needle and thread
- Upholstery needle and thin sturdy twine, for hanging
Trace template onto two layers of fabric. Cut out shapes.
Pin right sides together, leaving 1/4-inch seam allowance. Sew seam, and leave 1 1/2-inch opening for filling.
Trim seams with pinking shears.
Turn right side out. Press seams flat.
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.
Hand-stitch opening closed.
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.