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Cat Mat | Last-Minute Christmas Gift Ideas

Cat Mat

Total Time Needed: Afternoon Or Evening

This comfy cushion and catnip-filled fabric fish will make every kitty's holiday dreams come true.


  • 1 yard of fabric
  • Polyester filling
  • Chalk
  • Scissors
  • Pins
  • Dried catnip
  • 1-foot piece of fabric
  • Needle and thread
  • Embroidery thread


  1. To make the cushion, fold the fabric in half so the patterned sides are touching. Draw an oval on the fabric with chalk, then cut along the outline with scissors to make two ovals of equal size. Pin them together and stitch three-quarters of the way around to create a pocket.
  2. Turn the fabric right side out and stuff it with polyester filling that has been sprinkled with catnip. Turn in the open edge and hand stitch it closed.
  3. The fish is made in the same fashion. Fold a 1-foot piece of fabric in half, draw a fish shape on it, and cut along the outline so to create two fish of equal size. Sew up the sides, leaving the tail open.
  4. Turn the pocket right side out, stuff with polyester filling and catnip, and sew closed.
  5. As a finishing touch, stitch big green eyes and colorful stripes on the fish with embroidery thread.