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Catnip Fish Toy

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

Source: Martha Stewart Living Television


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


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

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

  3. Trim seams with pinking shears.

  4. Turn right side out. Press seams flat.

  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. Hand-stitch opening closed.

  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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