Use this DIY cat toys checklist to create a toy for your cat using craft felt, twine, and a wooden dowel. This version of the classic “fishing rod” toy requires the use of basic sewing skills, but overall, the project is quick and easy to complete.
Sketch a simple fish outline onto a piece of felt using fabric pen or marker. The outline should be approximately 4 inches (10 cm) long and 2 to 3 inches (5 to 7.6 cm) wide.
Fold the felt in half, then cut along the sketched outline using sharp scissors. Doing so should produce two identical halves.
Apply a ½ inch (1 cm) dot of hot glue to the center of one fish half. Carefully press the knotted portion of twine into the hot glue, then allow the glue to dry.
Stack one fish half on top of the other. Keep all edges evenly aligned. The “wrong sides” of the material should face inward, trapping the knotted twine in between both halves.
Prepare a sewing needle with all-purpose thread. Stitch along the top half of the fish, from nose to fin, using a blanket stitch or other type of edging stitch. Sew over the twine during this step, as well.
Stuff the fish with a small bundle of poly-fill. The fish should have more dimension, but the open edges must still be able to meet when brought together.
If desired, wedge a tiny amount of dried catnip into the poly-fill. Use one catnip bud or ¼ tsp (1.2 ml) of loose catnip.
Join the remaining open edges using a blanket stitch or similar edging stitch.
The cat toy is now finished and ready for your cat to enjoy.