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DIY Cat Teaser Wand

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This tutorial will teach you how to make an easy DIY cat teaser wand for your kitties. This super easy sewing project will delight your furry babies and entertain them for hours!

DIY Cat Teaser Wand

Yeah, I made Valentine’s Day toys for my kitties. You got something to say about how much I love my cats? No? Good 🙂 I had my sewing machine out working on something else, and when I already have it out and set up, I like to whip out a few cat toys.

Felt is cheap (.49 cents per sheet), and we’re STILL working our way through a large bag of catnip we accidentally bought a year or two ago. It was much larger than we expected it to be, and even though we thought it would lose its potency, the catters still go nutso for it.

kitty playing with a DIY cat teaser wand

So here’s what I used:

  • Heart stencils (print here: large and small-ish)
  • Assorted felt
  • Catnip and little spoon
  • Twine, about 2 feet or so
  • Scissors and pins
  • Wooden dowel and small drill bit
  • Sewing machine and thread

And here’s how I made a DIY cat teaser wand.

Step 1: Cut the stencil and felt pieces

First I printed out my heart stencils and cut out several heart-shaped felt pieces. I did some two-toned and some the same color front and back.

Felt is the perfect choice for these toys not only because it’s cheap, but because the edges won’t fray.

cutting the pieces for the DIY cat teaser toy
cutting the pieces for the DIY cat teaser toy

Step 2: Pin, sew, add catnip

Next I pinned two sides together and sewed a straight stitch around about 80% of the heard perimeter leaving a bit of a seam allowance. Dump in a bit of catnip using a baby spoon.

sewing the felt pieces for the cat toy and adding catnip
sewing the felt pieces for the cat toy

Step 3: Add string for the wand

Stick the string into the opening, headed back to the sewing machine, and sewed the opening shut. This also sews the string in place. You might want to sew back and forth a few times over where the string is to make sure it stays put while kitty is playing.

adding a string for the DIY cat teaser wand

Like easy sewing projects? Have a look at my easy fabric scrap cat toys, my DIY sewing machine cover, my DIY burp clothes, and my envelope pillow case covers.

Step 4: Drill hole in dowel and attach string

I used a small drill bit to drill a hole in my dowel just small enough for the twine to loop through. I tied the end of the twine in place a few times to ensure it didn’t budge.

drilling a hole into the dowel for the DIY cat teaser wand
DIY cat teaser wand
DIY cat teaser wand

And then it was time to party!

kitty playing with a DIY cat teaser wand
kitty playing with a DIY cat teaser wand
kitty playing with a DIY cat teaser wand

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