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5 DIY Cat Plushie Plans You Can Make Today (With Pictures)

Hallie Roddy

By Hallie Roddy

Cat playing with stuffed toy

Sometimes, simple toys are the most entertaining for our cats. These can be customized to fit your personal preferences, plus they’re fun crafts that you can make by yourself or with friends and family. Some of these plushie plans require a little more sewing skills than others, but most are pretty basic and something that even young children can learn to do.

The Top 5 DIY Cat Plushie Plans

1. Felt Cat Plushie

Materials: Brown, white, pink, and black felt, fabric marker, cotton or scrap felt
Tools: Scissors, needle, and thread
Difficulty: Easy

This simple felt cat plushie is adorable, easy to make, and can be customized to look just like your cat at home. It comes with a free template to help you cut out the head, body, tail, nose, ears, eyes, and fur. After that, all it takes is a little hand stitching before you’re left with an adorable plush toy for your cat to play with. Change up the look of each one by using different colors or playing with the shape.

2. Softie Cat Sewing Pattern

Materials: Fleece, felt
Tools: Needle and thread
Difficulty: Easy

While you do have to buy this sewing pattern, it is still affordable. Once you buy it, you can make as many plushie toys as you want so it’s certainly worth the money. It does require a little bit of hand sewing, but it only requires a few basic sewing skills. The overall design may be set, but this is another toy that you can change the look of simply by buying different colors of fleece or felt.

3. DIY Cat Toy

Materials: Fabric of your choice, stuffing, catnip
Tools: Scissors, tape measure, sewing machine
Difficulty: Medium

We love this DIY plush toy because it has a simple shape and gets stuffed with catnip to make it even more enticing for your feline friends. You can make it as large or small as you want, and the fabric you choose is entirely up to you. These toys do require a sewing machine to make, although you could easily hand sew them if you wanted to. Because of the use of a machine, it might not be the easiest project on the list.

4. Junk Food Cat Toy

Materials: Felt in different colors, catnip, stuffing
Tools: Needle and thread
Difficulty: Easy

These adorable junk food toys are made to look like some of your favorite treats, like tacos, burgers, hot dogs, and donuts. You can choose to stuff the inside with catnip if you prefer, but you can also make them flat. We love that these toys look so much harder to make than they actually are. A few quick stitches are all it takes to make a couple of pieces of felt look like difficult DIY projects.

5. Sock Cat Plushie

Materials: One pair of socks, marker, stuffing
Tools: Needle and thread
Difficulty: Easy

If you don’t have lots of extra time to run to the fabric store, this DIY cat plushie can be made from a pair of old socks. This is an excellent way to reuse old clothing items. The pattern is simple to copy, and it doesn’t require any advanced sewing skills to complete. Your kitties are going to love playing with this soft yet bouncy toy. They’ll also like that it happens to smell like you!

Things to Avoid

We love the concept of making your own toys for your pet cat, but that also means you need to be careful about the materials you use. Try to avoid using small, hard objects that could be a choking hazard to your cat. You should also avoid string when possible because it could come detached and get swallowed. Whenever you finish your project, make sure that you remove all needles from the plushie before allowing your cats to play with it.


Cats don’t always need the biggest, most expensive toys to have a good time! They’re usually just fine with small, soft objects that they can sink their teeth and claws into. When they’re shaped like animals, their natural hunting instincts are activated, and they can’t help but stalk and pounce on their new toys. These plushie DIY projects are perfect if you’re stuck at home and looking for a craft to keep you busy. Your cat might not appreciate your hard work, but they’ll definitely enjoy their new toy!

Featured Image Credit: guvo59, Pixabay

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