The Cat’s Meow – Refillable Catnip Toy

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My husband sorted out one of his dress shirts, and after having turned a large portion into a dress for my daughter, I had some remnants laying around that begged to get a new lease on life as well.  Becoming a cat toy was probably not on top of their list, but cat toy they became…

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Our cats go crazy for catnip (what cat doesn’t?), so coming up with a toy that holds a little bit of the kitty-mood-altering goodness seemed to be a no-brainer.  A mouse, though not very original I admit, was yet another no-brainer and an easy pattern to come up with.

I began by cutting out two mouse “side”-pieces (pretty much eyeballed a pattern for that one) and then cut out a “belly”-piece with a circumference equal to the length of the two “side”-pieces together.  In addition, I cut half of a “belly”-piece, which would later become the pocket to hold the catnip.  I lined up the straight piece of the half-belly with a shirt seam so that I wouldn’t have to worry about finishing that edge.  The tail was cut from another  shirt seam.  Finally, I cut out 4 ear shapes by layering 4 small pieces of fabric and then just went to town with my scissors.

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Next, I sewed two ear pieces wrong sides together and then turned them right-side out to create one ear.

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I then “pinched” both ears together and sandwiched them, upside down and with the front of the ears facing the front of the mouse body, between the two “side”-pieces (the right side of the “side”-pieces facing inside towards the ears.

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At this point, I also sandwiched the tail between the “side”-pieces and carefully pinned everything together.

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Now it was time to sew the back of the mouse together, leaving the bottom open.

cat toy 5The next step was a little tricky.  I layered the half “belly”-piece on top of the big “belly”-piece and with the half piece facing the inside of the mouse (which contained the ears and the tail and would soon become the outside…  oh no, I am confusing myself, but I hope the pictures explain it), I sewed all the way around, leaving a small opening near the tail.

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I turned the mouse right-side out, stuffed it with poly fill, hand stitched the opening in the back and added the face with yarn.

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I was contemplating using a couple of shirt buttons for the eyes, but I didn’t wan’t anything on the mouse that could come loose and potentially choke my kitties.

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After I filled the back of the mouse with catnip (notice the teeth marks in the catnip bag; it’s obviously kitty approved), I presented the toy to my test audience.

The verdict:  it’s the cat’s meow!

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