I love my cats dearly, but the last thing I need is for them to be trying to eat my tomato seedlings as I’m trying to transplant them. Not a smart move there, babies.
Since I generally don’t feel like constantly removing cat faces from my planting trays, out the catnip comes!
My greedy little gremlins can and will eat every single leaf placed in front of them in record time, so in this house, extra measures have to be taken to prevent tooth marks in the cabbage leaves. In this case, it’s shoving a sprig of catnip inside a tied cloth doll. No sewing required!
you will need
- Catnip, fresh or dried
Step 1 – Start by spreading out your bandanna on a flat surface. The author recommends anywhere that allows you to fully spread out your cloth of choice, unlike the unfortunate image above where a few inches of fabric were dangling over the side of the desk and subjected to curious cat claws.
Step 2 – Roll both sides of the bandanna up, leaving several inches in the middle untouched.
(Optional) Step 2.5 – Remove the cat that decided to jump up and roll all over exactly where you were working, instantly ruining your attempt to move on from step 2. Redo everything.
Step 3 – After everything’s rolled, place your catnip in the middle of the unrolled section of fabric.
Step 4 – Fold the top of your bandanna down, covering the catnip, gently pulling on the rolled sections so you end up with a rough trapezoid shape.
Step 5 – Repeat step 4 with the bottom of the bandanna, making sure to leave rolled ends from previous step protruding from the bottom. Don’t bring it all the way up- leave a bit of fabric clear up top.
Step 6- Pick up the whole thing, and…
… grab the top rolled-up ends, bringing them together to…
… tie into a knot!
Step 7 – Flip back over and tug on ends to adjust. The doll has been created!
Final step- Throw it to a cat!