Free Pattern and Directions to Sew a Fish Shaped Cat Toy

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    Materials and Pattern

    Fish Shaped Cat Toy
    Fish Shaped Cat Toy. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to

    Use this free cat toy pattern to sew a fun fish for your cat or try mass production sewing to sew this toy for your local animal shelter. Save your sewing scraps to make them out of different fabrics.  we may not be able to adopt every homeless cat but we can supply toys to the shelters which take care of those homeless cats.


    • Print out of the pattern
    • Scraps of the fabric a cat won't even mind if one side is different than the other.
    • Thread: thread to construct the fish and embroidery thread to embellish the mouth and eye if desired. 
    • Stuffing
    • Catnip: a small amount added to the stuffing will keep a cat happy for hours.
    • Optional: small bell and narrow ribbon to tie securely on the tail or a small container with dried beans or peas in it, to insert inside the fish for a rattle noise. (A travel size pill container or a small Tic-Tack candy container work well.)

    Cutting and Marking

    • Cut two of the pattern keeping the grain line on the straight grain of the fabric. 
    • Transfer the mouth and eye markings to the fabric. 
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    Decorative Stitching

    Decorative Stitching
    Decorative Stitching. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to

    Using Your Sewing Machine for Decorative Stitches

    • Use your sewing machine to sew the decorative lines for the mouth. The straight stretch stitch (if available) provides a bold line of stitching. A zig zag stitch with a shortened stitch length also can be used.
    • Stitching or well glued on felt circles can be used for the eye.

    Using Hand Stitches for Decorative Stitches

    • Hand sewing top decorates the fish can be sewn before assembly or to embellish a finished fish.
    • A chain stitch or a back stitch will work well to sew the mouth and eye on this fish toy.
    • Experiment with embroidery stitches for different results.
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    Pin and Sew

    Pin and Sew
    Pin and Sew. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to
    • Place the right sides of the fabric together, aligning the edges.
    • Pin the fabric in place, keeping the pins out of the stitching line at the edges. (Never sew over pins. 
    • If you have already added the mouth to the fabric, be sure to match up the mouth lines as you pin the pieces together.
    • Use a double pin to mark where to leave open. The double pins will remind you that you need to leave the area open.
    • Sew the edges of the fish, using a scant 1/4" seam allowance, back stitching at the beginning and end.
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    Clip, Turn, Stuff and Close

    Clip, Turn, Stuff and Close
    Clip, Turn, Stuff and Close. Debbie Colgrove, Licensed to
    • Clip at curves and turns so the fabric will lay smoothly when turned right side out. Clip just to the stitching without clipping the stitches. If your fabric is loosely woven, secure your seams by sewing them twice.
    • Turn the fish right sides out.
    • Push all seams out to the edges of the fish. 
    • Turn under the edges of the "leave open" area, to match the seam allowance. Finger press the seam to the inside of the fish.
    • Stuff the fish, adding a small amount of catnip to the center of the fish and any noise making additions you choose to add.
    • Use a slip stitch to close the opening.
    • Tie a length of narrow ribbon around the indent for the tail of the fish. Thread a bell onto the ribbon and knot the ribbon to hold the bell in place. Tie the ribbon in a bow and secure the bow by ​knotting or sewing in place.