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Has anyone ever made catnip pillows?

post #1 of 21
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I am wanting to make some for my local rescue. I kinda know how to do them and I kinda don't lol. I know i will need fabric, catnip, and ???

How much catnip do you put in them?

Do i put anything else in them?

HELP!!
post #2 of 21
I think you should put some batting in them to make them bigger and more pillowy.
Pillows are easy to make. Sew up 3 sides and turn it right side out and stuff it, add some cat nip, and sew the last edges together. the last edges are hard and I don't know how to explain how to get the stiches inside. I hope someone else can help you with that part!
post #3 of 21
That would take more domestic skills then I possess.

Good luck!
post #4 of 21
Hi Mary sorry I missed you on the other thread Murphy is fine . I am very happy with the purrsonality he is settling into - he has become quite the love-bug in the morning and his rowdy-ness is controlable here is his most recent pic(s)



they are getting along sooooo much better (yeah)


getting big!


I need to take some more pics- these are from feb.

Sorry if I don't talk as often as I should, we are MAJOR busy here at work. I still try to pop in as often as possible. I'll be back on " downtime" after april
See ya

Oh, sorry I don't know how to make a catnip pillow
post #5 of 21
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He is sooo cute!! I am no longer with Doggy Doodles...
post #6 of 21
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Originally Posted by Phenomsmom
I think you should put some batting in them to make them bigger and more pillowy.
Pillows are easy to make. Sew up 3 sides and turn it right side out and stuff it, add some cat nip, and sew the last edges together. the last edges are hard and I don't know how to explain how to get the stiches inside. I hope someone else can help you with that part!

stitches? What are the stitches for?
post #7 of 21
To close the bag up!
post #8 of 21
I have made pillows for my cats. I use about a yard of fabric, poly-fill, and maybe a Tbs. catnip sprinkled inside (use as much as you want). My pillows are easy because I use hemming tape --you just tear off what you need and stick it between the fabric, iron and Bada-Bing!!
Now, its nothing like Martha Stewart would make, but Hey! Whatta the cats care!?!?
post #9 of 21
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Originally Posted by STLGRL5
He is sooo cute!! I am no longer with Doggy Doodles...

Oh.... wow! What happened? Are you still fostering(for another org)?
What will happen to all Murphy's info etc..... will they have it?
post #10 of 21
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Originally Posted by STLGRL5
stitches? What are the stitches for?

Mary, you can't make a pillow without stitches
post #11 of 21
OK, I'm not Martha Stewart either! But for Christmas I made catnip pillows for a few people here on TCS. I'm not into measuring or being exact so what I did was:

Printed name of kitty recipient on fabric of a natural or neutral tone.
Placed that piece of fabric on top of a pretty fabric (pretty side and printed side touching)
Cut both at the same time to desired size and shape.
Sew around three and a half sides. (so little hand sewing is left to do but enough room to put in stuffing and turn pillow right side out)
Turn pillow right side out, making sure to poke those corners out good so they are square)
Stuff pillow about half way.
Toss in some catnip (pinch it to make it more aromatic if using dried catnip)
Finish filling pillow with fluff. (more than you think as you want them to be fluffy)
Then I do not know how to slip-stitch so I just sew the last little section closed so you can see the thread. (not pretty but it works!)
After that I put some catnip in a zip-lock baggie and put the pillow in it to marinade a bit more. (then I shipped them to their new homes, so they had more time to "soak" up the scent!)

Here is a photo of Milky enjoying his pillow.

He liked it though he never really had it before!

And since we all miss Rigel right now...

Awe look at those two hansome dudes!!!

Abby got a pillow as well, that I have seen her enjoying in pics, but I can't find the SS thread right now where I saw it! Help me out here Karen!!!
post #12 of 21


Here you go!
post #13 of 21
You're such a peach!!!
post #14 of 21
Cut out 2 squares or rectangular piece of fabric about 1 inch larger than you want the pillow to be. This is easiest with a sewing machine. Put the 2 pieces together with the patterned side facing each other. Sew up 3 sides. Turn it out and push out the edges with a something pointy. Use batting to stuff it about halfway and add about a teaspoon of catnip. Stuff the remainder. Fold the raw edges of the opening down towards the inside about 1/2 inch and machine sew (or hand sew) it closed.

I can make these in about 2 minutes - you get good at it with practice.
post #15 of 21
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Originally Posted by Phenomsmom
I think you should put some batting in them to make them bigger and more pillowy.
Pillows are easy to make. Sew up 3 sides and turn it right side out and stuff it, add some cat nip, and sew the last edges together. the last edges are hard and I don't know how to explain how to get the stiches inside. I hope someone else can help you with that part!
That is what I do except I use velcro on the fourth side so I can refill the bag over and over again.
post #16 of 21
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Originally Posted by chichismom
Oh.... wow! What happened? Are you still fostering(for another org)?
What will happen to all Murphy's info etc..... will they have it?
I am fostering for www.mainecoonrescue.com

Yep they will still have his info.
post #17 of 21
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Originally Posted by chichismom
Mary, you can't make a pillow without stitches

LOL i know but i was thinking of the term sewing at the time lol
post #18 of 21
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Ok I think i get the idea of how to make them now lol.. I am terrible at sewing though but we shall see how that turns out lol
post #19 of 21
Yes, I have made them and you have some GREAT directions above! I keep some of them, and occasionally, I just get the ones that have been sitting out in my kitty's "ToyBox" and put them into a bag or little tub of catnip, close it up and leave it in there for a few days, to give it a Fresh Catnip fragrance. ( Much to my kitty's delight!!!!! )
My kitties Looooooooooove their Catnip Pillows!
post #20 of 21
i make catnip socks.. get an old pair of socks, sprinkle desired amount inside make a knot so it doesnt fall out..



Note: these socks dont last more than 1 day because MY kitties distroy them in hours!
post #21 of 21
Mine have a catnip bed even using an old pillow, some cute sleepy kitty fabric and a sprinkling of catnip - same thing just a huge catnip pillow... in fact I think they have homemade catnip 'everythings'

The 'easy' way to make them is with a straight stitch and use decorative scissors to cut the edges so you never have to turn it inside out - they sell them in my local pet store like that.

But I have the fabric inside out, sew 3 sides, turn out the right way, stuff and sprinkle catnip and turn the last edges in on themselves and sew that up.
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