Catnip Honeybees

One of my holiday traditions is making handmade catnip toys for family and friends' cats.

Catnip grows easily in my garden, pollinated by wild bumblebees that apparently love this perennial herb. After picking and drying the catnip, it's time to decide what to make.

This year it was easy. Catnip honeybees!

I used left over black cotton fabric and added yellow fabric stripes. After sewing the fabric into tubes, one end was sewn to make a point, suggesting the stinger, and the other was sewn closed after adding catnip.

Wings were made out of white fleece. Embroidery floss suggested the antenna.


The corduroy grey catnip toys? A computer mouse, what else!