Friday, August 19, 2011

Critter Crafts!

So, you all voted for what you wanted the next critter crafts to be, and the winner is:

No-Sew Catnip Pouches!

I have made a few of these for the shelter cats and I have made one for my own cat, Agatha. They all give them two paws up! The cats have discovered that not only are they great for playing with, but they also make good pillows for catnaps!

What you will need:

Ruler or measuring tape
Masking tape
Scissors (fabric scissors work best)

Step 1:

Take your fleece and your masking tape. Make a six inch by six inch square with the tape.

OOPS!!! It should be an 8 by 8 inch square! (you can use a six by six inch square, it will just make the pouch smaller)

Step 2:

Now cut out the square:

Step 3:

Take the strips of tape off and place them two inches away from the edge, and cut off the squares the tape makes in the corners.

Your project should now look like this:

Step 4:

Make the ties. Cut 4 one-inch wide and two-inch long strips on each edge of your square.

Now remove the tape.

Your project should now look like this:

Step 5:

Set your finished piece aside. Go back to your fleece and repeat all the above steps to make a second square. 

Step 6:

Once both pieces are finished, match up the sides and start tying the ties into double knots. However make sure to leave at least one side open!

Step 7:

Take your catnip and put 3 to 4 spoonfuls inside your fleece pouch

Step 8:

Finish tying all the rest of the knots, and you are finished! (You can also trim the edges of the ties once they are double-knotted if you wish)

Your finished project should look like this:


These instruction are for my large size catnip pouch. I also make a smaller size. 

To make the smaller size start out with a five by five inch square in the first step, and make three ties on each side (still one inch wide and two inches long) instead of four.

Correction: for my smaller size I use a seven inch by seven inch square not five by five!

Next time on Critter Crafts:

It's a surprise! (because I haven't decided yet!)
I may try to do the next one as a video!


  1. It's great that your Critter Crafts are so easy that anybody can do them! I would really love to see the next one as a video--you know how much I love those videos!!!

    Sarah :)

  2. Thanks for another great project. I have several friends who have cats and this would be a nice little gift for them. Your instructions make it easy to do.
    -Animal Gram

  3. Our cat sure loves her catnip toys that you have made. And they are such cute toys!
    Love and hugs,