Catnip Pumpkin: Easy DIY Halloween cat toy

Easy DIY Catnip Pumpkin Cat Toy

This is such an adorable toy to make for your cat. We love how simple but fun this Halloween cat toy can be.

You can make it with scraps from around the house, or a few supplies from your local haberdashery or Hobbycraft.

I liked it so much, I made it one into a pin cushion.

Easy DIY Catnip Pumpkin Cat Toy
Yield: 1 pumpkin

Meow! Pumpkin Catnip Toy

Prep Time: 5 minutes
Active Time: 10 minutes
Total Time: 15 minutes
Difficulty: Easy

Look at these adorable felt pumpkins, ideal for your kitty to play with at Halloween. Only 10 minutes to make and catnip is optional. Why not make one for yourself as a cute pincushion!


  • (1) 4"x4" Piece Orange Felt
  • (1) 1"x 1/2" Piece Brown or Tan Felt
  • (1) Small Piece of Green Felt
  • Small amount of catnip or Catnip spray
  • Invisible Thread
  • 3 Cotton Balls


  • Scissors
  • Needle


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    Grab your supplies and let's get making!
  2. Trim the orange piece of felt to make a large circle.
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  3. Get a long piece of thread and thread the needle. Tie the two ends of the thread together. Then start stitching large stitches around the outside of the orange felt. You want to make these about half-inch stitches.
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  4. When you have made it all the way around and are back to the starting point, push the needle through the thread just at the knot you made.
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  5. Place the cotton balls in the center of the orange felt. Add your pinch of catnip too if you're using it. Then pull the needle and thread so that it starts to pull the fabric into the center. Be sure to pull it tight.
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  6. Run the needle through the tops of the little pleats made in the felt from where you just pulled them together.
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  7. Run the thread down the side and under the felt then back up the other side. Push it through another top of the pleats making sure to keep it pulled tight. Then do it again going down another side. Repeat this step 3-4 times till you have the look of the pumpkin you want.
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  8. From the short end of the brown felt roll it up.
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  9. Run the needle and thread through the bottom of the brown felt to keep it rolled up. Sew the rolled brown felt to the center of the top of the orange. You will need to do a few stitches around the bottom of the brown to hold it in place.
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  10. Step 9: Cut the green felt into a teardrop or leaf shape. then sew from the pointed end right at the base of the rolled brown to make a leaf. Put a few stitches to hold it in place. Then tie off the thread and cut it off and you are done.


You can also use your pumpkin as a pin cushion, so why not make one for yourself?
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