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Make Your Own (Refillable!) Catnip Toys + A Tabby James Giveaway

Crafts and a Cat | Make Your Own (Refillable!) Catnip Toys + A Tabby James Giveaway by Kayleigh Kosmas
Wow, what a week! Since my last post, we’ve had a flying carpenter ant invasion, three 100º days that ended in a trip to the vet for Bisou (she’s okay now), and P has gone back to work to prepare for the coming school year. I’m someone who operates best on a routine, so when my usual day to day is thrown up in the air, I end up with a bit of nervous energy on my hands. Instead of cycling through worries and to-do’s, I’ve been trying to slow down, focus on the things I can change and carve out time for enjoyable activities. That last part is by far the hardest, but instead of looking at relaxation time as time I could have used to whittle away at my to-do list, I treat it as time purposefully spent recharging, leading to more productivity and focus later on. And that’s an awfully good reason to make leisure time a point.

Crafts and a Cat | Make Your Own (Refillable!) Catnip Toys + A Tabby James Giveaway by Kayleigh Kosmas

This weekend, relaxation took the form of making these adorable, catnip-filled felt toys. When you use a template to trace the cutouts (you can print the templates I made for this project!), it’s actually very easy to put them together. They’re made of inexpensive felt and each have velcro closures that allow you to refill them with fresh catnip. Did you know iron on velcro is a thing? I just found out about it, and it makes this project that much simpler. The toys are stuffed with organic catnip from Tabby James, which I highly recommend because this stuff is seriously strong. Bisou could smell it through the glass jar and the box it came in, and went into full freak out mode as soon as I gave her the toys. The lovely folks at Tabby James are giving away their catnip gift set to 3 of you, readers! So read on for the tutorial and your chance to win some tasty catnip to get you started on your very own toys.

This project is truly relaxing to work on – I made these while watching Netflix for a couple nights – and you don’t have to know how to sew. My stitches came out fairly wonky, but Bisou definitely doesn’t care. You can pull these off no matter your level of crafting experience. As always, give it a try and share with us using #craftsandacat.

Crafts and a Cat | Make Your Own (Refillable!) Catnip Toys + A Tabby James Giveaway by Kayleigh Kosmas

DIY (Refillable!) Catnip Toys


  • Felt sheets or remnant pieces in a variety of colors
  • Embroidery thread to match your felt
  • Iron on velcro
  • Sewing needles
  • Scissors
  • Printer for templates
  • Catnip of course!


  1. Print the template I made for these toys, or trace some shapes of your own.
  2. Cut out a shape; use a sewing needle to pin the paper to the felt, and cut carefully around the shape. Repeat this step to make an identical piece; this will be the backside of the toy.
  3. Next, cut a smaller piece out of the shape, pin it to the felt you want to use, and cut out. Let's use the Oregon template as an example: cut out the shape around the black border and pin the paper to a piece of black felt. Cut around the shape. Then cut the wide black border away from the paper, pin it to a white piece of felt and cut out. Lastly, cut out the heart, pin to green felt, and cut out.
  4. Sew the smallest pieces on first, then move up to the largest pieces. For the Oregon toy, you'd sew the heart onto the white shape, then sew the white piece onto the largest, black piece. Now is the time to add extra details if you'd like!
  5. Match the completed front side to the backside of the toy. Cut a small piece of velcro (both sides of the velcro), enough that you will be able to open the toy to fill it with catnip. Stick the adhesive backs of the velcro onto the inside of the toy, and iron on according to the package instruction.
  6. Once the fabric has cooled, sew up the outside edges of the toy. Fill with catnip, and enjoy!

Refillable Cat Toys Template | Crafts and a Cat

Crafts and a Cat | Make Your Own (Refillable!) Catnip Toys + A Tabby James Giveaway by Kayleigh Kosmas Crafts and a Cat | Make Your Own (Refillable!) Catnip Toys + A Tabby James Giveaway by Kayleigh Kosmas


Make sure you check out Tabby James‘ catnip! The quality is top notch, judging by Bisou’s response and the vivid color and smell of the catnip. Plus, it comes in airtight glass jars so it stays fresh, and it’s organic, so I feel good about giving it to Bisou.

All you have to do to enter the giveaway is leave a comment below this post. Share your cat’s name and something fun about him/her! Three winners will be randomly selected and notified by email, so make sure you leave a comment via your google account. If you don’t have a gmail address, you can leave your email or instagram username (check your DMs!) in your comment.

The giveaway is open from now until midnight PST on Saturday, September 3. Good luck everyone!


Crafts and a Cat | Make Your Own (Refillable!) Catnip Toys + A Tabby James Giveaway by Kayleigh Kosmas

Crafts and a Cat | Make Your Own (Refillable!) Catnip Toys + A Tabby James Giveaway by Kayleigh Kosmas

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  • Reply Kristen Sanders August 26, 2016 at 10:49 pm

    Very cute idea for catnip toys! They look easy to refill which to me is such a great idea instead of buying and buying more toys. I hand sew dolls for children aND sell them and I had not heard of iron on velcro! Brilliant! My boys are two rescue kitties and are brothers. I got them at the pixie project in Portland. I had rescued a 16 year old baby named jewell. She was a Grey tabby and even though I only had her 3 years. In that short time she and I became best friends. I was devastating when I lost her. A friend showed me pictures of pixels and patch and thought they would help me get over jewell. I still miss jewell daily but these two cato are so precious, silly and sweet. They are obsessed with belly rubs just like jewellery was and they are really good listeners. I love them and am so glad they are mine.

  • Reply Jacqueline August 27, 2016 at 12:28 am

    My cat's name is Peppi, and she howls like a wolverine when she gets a bath lol.

  • Reply Victoria Strauser August 28, 2016 at 2:41 am

    Karma loves this catnip!! Thanks for the instructions on making the toys!! @lovekittykarma ����

  • Reply Sarah Smith August 28, 2016 at 9:39 pm

    My Olive & Gimli love to get nipped out on nip! 😀

  • Reply Mollie Waller August 29, 2016 at 4:20 am

    This giveaway is so fun! 🙂 Most sphynx are washed regularly, usually weekly, but Izzy didnt have a bath until she was almost three years old because she hated it so much I physically couldn't do it without getting really hurt! lol She's a lot better now though but it took living with my mom and having her help me to get us there! And when I rescued Sweetheart, even for the three months we fostered her and her siblings, I never heard her meow. Once I'd adopted her though she started talking and now she's one of the most vocal cats I've known! Thanks for the cute toy patterns and we'll be checking out this catnip company even if we don't win! @dark_out_here

  • Reply Kelsie Anderson September 1, 2016 at 4:50 am

    The cactus toy is so cute! A couple years ago I had a mini cactus but no sooner than a few months later Button, being the little rascal that he is, attacked it knocking it out of its container. I was a little disappointed but mainly shocked because he had managed to get a cactus needle stuck in his fur but was still batting the plant around. Maybe I'll make him a cat toy version to bring back the fond memories!

  • Reply Cali Fortin September 1, 2016 at 1:08 pm

    I really love this tutorial! I can't wait to try to make some for my Storm. He is a cat nip fiend and even learned how to open our kitchen cupboards and our closet to find the cat nip, and drag the bag of it all around the house leaving a nice trail of it to clean up! We would really love to try Tabby James cat nip – maybe the container will be harder for Storm to get into!

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