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What do cats love more than catnip? Not much! Since catnip on its own is messy, why not use it to make your own easy DIY catnip toys like this super easy and cute jellyfish ribbon cat toy.
Have you ever made your own DIY cat toys? They really are incredibly easy. You only need to have the most basic sewing skills to create one. If you can use scissors and thread a needle, you can make your own catnip toys for cats.
For this toy, we chose felt and ribbon because felt is easy to sew since it’s sturdy and also, the cats won’t destroy it.
We also chose to use ribbon for the jellyfish tentacles because cats love to play with ribbons and other dangly things.
Supplies you will need
How to make felt and ribbon DIY catnip toys
- Fold the felt in half and cut a half-circle.
- With a fine point permanent marker, draw a face on your jellyfish and then put the two halves together. You may be tempted to use googly eyes, but don’t use them or anything else that could come off and become a choking hazard. Just keep it simple and draw the face on.
- With a matching color thread (or even a contrasting colored embroidery floss) sew the curved part of the half oval together. Nothing fancy; a simple overhand stitch will do just fine.
- Once the top of the jellyfish is stitched, open the bottom and fill it with some catnip and sesame seeds for filler. We used about two teaspoons of each.
- Now add the ribbon and close up the toy with a needle and thread.
Sewing the toy closed can be a little tricky because the ribbons get in the way.
Use some glue to stick the ribbons where you want them so they will stay put while you sew it closed. Fabric glue or Gorilla glue are good choices to be sure it sticks well.
After sewing in the first two ribbons, the other ribbons might start to come out. Don’t worry about this. You can add them one-by-one sewing each ribbon in as you go. This is actually a pretty easy way to do it, but I still recommend putting some glue in to reinforce the bottom of the toy.
There is no need to be fancy with the needle and thread. As long as the toy is closed so the catnip can’t come out, your cats won’t mind how it looks.
Once the bottom is sewn closed, your DIY cat toy is ready for feline action. Look at this guy. He definitely approves!