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Project

Catnip Fish Toy

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

Introduction

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

Materials

  • 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

Steps

  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.

Source
Martha Stewart Living Television

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.