Catnip Butterfly Cat Toys
When you live in a family that has dogs and cats, pet toys are on the gift list. For many years, I have made our family catnip toys with freshly-dried catnip from my garden and inspiration for the design from the garden as well.
Last year, my handmade felt catnip toy gifts were butterflies. I was inspired by working on Missouri’s Master Pollinator Steward program, a six-week course designed to help people interested in helping pollinators such as butterflies.
To make butterfly catnip toys, the design is simple. The toy needs the wings and a place to add the catnip.
Stitch the black portion on three sides and leave one side open to easily stuff the dried catnip.
These are so easy to make. Once stuffed, stitch the last side shut. Don’t stuff them too full, you just need enough to give the black center a little pouf or rise.
Here they are all finished and ready for a test.
My family gift catnip toys are thoroughly tested by my cats. Actually I have to store them in plastic and place them on the top shelf of a cabinet to keep my cats from volunteering to test them.
Fun to see the handmade catnip butterfly cat toys unpacked but Bob was not supposed to get all of them!