Watch her pounce, chase, and swat at a lightweight toy for hours of fun. And it's a great upcycling idea: Cut an old shirt or jersey knit garment into strips, tie them into a knot, and hang it from a secure place like this doorknob.

Updated January 29, 2019
knotted cat toy hanging from doorknob

This idea comes from our friend Kara Whitten of A Kailo Chic Life. Cat toys are a great way to entertain your cat and aid in healthy exercise. This one can be both used in playtime with your cat one-on-one or when she's home alone. A ball toy can be dangled from a doorknob or secured to the inside of a catio enclosure, and is perfectly sized for chasing, batting, and wrestling. For this toy, we recommend recycling a knit shirt with some stretch in the material.

For more ideas, scroll through our collection of cat crafts.

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How to do it

Part 1

knotted cat toy materials t-shirt scissors
Step 1

Lay the shirt flat onto a workspace, and cut it along the side seams and around the sleeves.

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t-shirt being cut into long strip
Step 2

Open up the shirt and cut one of the flat panels of fabric into strips by cutting in a curved snake-like pattern, back and forth, along the short side of the fabric. Be sure to leave approximately 1 inch from the uncut edge as you cut. Gently pull the strips, allowing the shirt material to curl inwards into tubular strands.

t-shirt cut into long strip for DIY cat toy
Step 3

Tie the strands into a knot, then wrap around it to form a ball; continue wrapping strands until you've made a ball of desired size. (Note: The one pictured here is 2 inches in diameter.)

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finished DIY cat toy made from T-shirt
Step 4

To bind off, knot the working strand at the top of the ball to form (this will also prevent the yarn ball from unravelling). Cut the ends, leaving a tail so that you may hang the toy from a door handle or use it to play with your cat.

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