Easy To Crochet Cat Toy

| Crafts & DIY

Easy to crochet cat toy.

Easy to crochet cat toy.

Easy To Crochet Cat Toy – Bare with me a moment while I channel my inner crazy cat lady.

A couple of weeks ago we had the great fortune to be able to give Noelle a kitten for an (early) birthday gift. She’s been asking for a cat for the past few years but since my husband has a mild allergy to cats he’s always told her no (notice I said that “he” said no). After being subjected to drawing after drawing of our family with our old dead cat still drawn in it, Michael had had enough and gave in to his daughter’s dream to have a cat.

We did a lot of research and found out that while there is no completely hypoallergenic cats there are some breeds that carry less of the protein that aggravates allergies. We hunted high and low and finally found a breeder of Balinese cats on Vancouver Island and she just happened to have one kitten left. We went on a road trip and totally surprised Noelle. When she finally saw the kitten and we told her that it’s her’s to take home she totally didn’t believe us. The poor girl had been told for so long that we would never be able to have a cat that she thought we were putting her on. I’m sure it wasn’t until we were home with the little fur ball that it started sinking in that this really was her cat.

Little Milo Fluffy Pasta has been home with us now for almost 2 weeks and he’s so great. I had forgotten how much I enjoyed having a pet. He’s absolutely adorable and highly entertaining. Kittens have so much energy and they play non-stop so I thought it would be fun to make Milo some cat toys. I created this pattern (quite accidentally I must admit because I was going for something completely different) but I love how it turned out and so does Milo.


  • Medium weight yarn (I used Red Heart)
  • Crochet hook (5.00mm H hook)
  • Toilet paper tube (I used 1/2 a roll for the small cat toy and a full roll for the large toy)
  • Bell
  • Needle and thread
  • Darning Needle to weave in ends
  • Scissors


Ch = chain, sl st = slip stitch, dc = double crochet (All U.S.)

  1. (Ch) 20, join with (sl st) to form ring (keeping tension firm but not tight – you want both ends to be a little tighter so they hug around the toilet paper tube).  Make sure to not to twist your stitches.
  2. (Ch) 2  in first chain and then (dc) in each remaining stitch in round. (Sl st) in last stitch in round to join.  Repeat for 7 rounds for 1/2 toilet paper roll size toy or 11 rounds for full toilet paper roll.
  3. Finish off  last round with 1 (sl st) in each stitch and join.
  4. Ch 30 then make 2 (dc) in the 3rd chain from the hook. (If you’d like a  longer curlicue than make the chain longer).
  5. Make 3 (dc) in each chain until you get back to the start of the chain. (Sl st) to join. Fasten off and weave in ends.
  6. Sew bell on end of curlicue.
  7. Fit over toilet paper roll.

Click here if you have any trouble knowing or remembering which stitches these are.

If you’re looking for more fun crochet projects check out this great book: Crochet One-Skein Wonders®: 101 Projects from Crocheters around the World

Toilet paper roll crocheted cat toy

Toilet paper roll crocheted cat toy

About the author

Jamey By Jamey Ekins
~ Being imaginative, crafty and artistic is just like breathing to me. I blog about crafting, design, kids fun and activities, DIY’s, crochet, sewing, art, recipes and more. You’ll find lots of free loot too including, patterns, printables, tutorials and downloads. New and creative ideas are posted frequently so stop by and check it out.


20 Comments on Easy To Crochet Cat Toy

  1. Tanja
    August 28, 2013 at 3:06 AM (5 years ago)

    I also am allergic and have cat. What I do to get less symptoms is regularly groom my kitten and wipe him with petalclense. I also bought an aircleaner which helped emensly! Also, allergycovers for bed and pillows. Good luck with your little sweetheart 🙂

  2. Debi Stoll
    September 1, 2013 at 7:43 AM (5 years ago)

    I sprinkled catnip inside the cover before stretching it over roll. Boy, did they love that!

  3. Mamas Guide
    September 27, 2013 at 8:20 PM (5 years ago)

    Great pattern! I changed it by starting with a magic ring so when I put catnip in it stays inside the tube. Super easy to make and is a great gift for a cat lover!

  4. Alissa
    October 5, 2013 at 8:46 PM (5 years ago)

    Thank you so much for sharing your pattern! The instructions were very easy to follow; I was able to make this toy for my kitten without any issue. Thanks again for sharing!

  5. Anj
    October 7, 2013 at 7:45 PM (5 years ago)

    This is so cute! I made one and love it! I altered the pattern slightly so I could cover both ends of the toilet roll and put some bells inside as well.
    LOV IT!

  6. Mary Ellen
    November 30, 2013 at 1:21 AM (5 years ago)

    Great idea. I can see one of these in my Scooter’s future. Just need to get some bells.

  7. Sanderella's Crochet
    November 30, 2013 at 8:07 AM (5 years ago)

    I almost forgot!! I am happy you now have this beautiful kitten….stunning photo’s!!

  8. Brittany
    August 13, 2014 at 2:02 PM (4 years ago)

    Love your pattern. Do you have a Facebook Page?

  9. Anne Hamilton
    September 1, 2014 at 9:12 AM (4 years ago)

    Adorable adorable adorable! Cute Christmas and Hanukkah presents for sane and crazy cat ladies and their felines. I would (and will) use cotton, though, because I read somewhere that acrylic is bad for cats. I don’t know if it’s true, but playing it safe is always good. Thanks so much for the cute patterns. Maybe these toys will entice my 3 16-18 year old cats to play between naps.


  10. Manda
    September 1, 2014 at 1:06 PM (4 years ago)

    I made this for our 5 cats, substituting the jingle bell with a piece of a feather toy that had previously been destroyed by them and they absolutely LOVE it. Thanks for this fun and easy pattern!

  11. Mary
    September 5, 2014 at 1:24 PM (4 years ago)

    That toy is so cute I can’t wait to find my yarn–I would like to have a toy that can be washed so I would use a small plastic bottle, cut both ends, and use that rather than the paper toilet roll. Thanks for posting the directions and thanks to Debi for mentioning catnip for this toy!

  12. Kimberly
    October 27, 2014 at 7:06 AM (4 years ago)

    This is such a great toy for my cats, and they are now spoiled and INSIST I provide them new ones on a regular basis.They inspect my grocery sacks when I get in the door! But I thought(since my gang is sort of “rough & tumble”) I’ll use an empty plastics pill bottle as the insert instead of the paper roll.I may have to hacksaw the narrow end off, but it’ll keep me from picking up shreds of brown cardboard.Thanks for a wonderful idea!

  13. Name
    November 23, 2014 at 9:05 AM (4 years ago)

    Will make several for my grandcat Lucy.

  14. Yarnycakes
    September 5, 2015 at 2:18 PM (3 years ago)

    Between my gauge being different and toilet rolls being narrower, I only needed 5 rows to cover half a tp tube…but still a great pattern 😀

  15. Nina
    December 4, 2015 at 1:38 PM (3 years ago)

    So easy to do. Thanks for the lovely and fanny cat toy instructions. My Devon Rex cats say “thank you”

  16. Susan
    June 5, 2016 at 12:04 PM (2 years ago)

    Thank you for sharing your inspiration. Princess Fluffy Butt loves this toy. Which is wonderful because she’s a little tough to entertain, the snob! (Lol)

  17. Lynne
    July 15, 2016 at 9:11 AM (2 years ago)

    Thanks so much for the pattern. I have made a couple of dozen so far for our local Humane Society and the cats love them! It is such a joy to watch them play with them.

  18. Tami
    May 16, 2017 at 7:25 AM (1 year ago)

    I am going to make a bunch and donate to your local rescues! Thanks for a fun pattern and adorable picture of kitten


Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.