Easy To Crochet Cat Toy

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Easy to crochet cat toy.

Easy to crochet cat toy.

Easy To Crochet Cat Toy 

Here’s a cute little cat toy pattern that has a bell attached for extra playtime fun. A quick and easy crochet project, this makes a great pet toy project for beginners

A couple of weeks ago we had the great fortune to be able to give our daughter 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 Noelle’s 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 are 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 furball 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 crochet 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.
Toilet paper roll crocheted cat toy

Toilet paper roll crocheted cat toy


42 Comments on Easy To Crochet Cat Toy

  1. Tanja
    August 28, 2013 at 3:06 AM (8 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 🙂

    • Beth
      May 8, 2020 at 12:34 PM (1 year ago)

      get cats that are hypoallergenic … the siamese breeds – Oriental, Siamese, Rag Doll (grumpy cat) they don’t have that second layer of fur that you’re allergic too. (free professional advice)

      • Emma
        July 4, 2021 at 9:21 AM (1 month ago)

        When people have a cat allergy it’s not the second layer of fur they are allergic too, it’s an enzyme in their spit, which you can’t escape as you can’t stop a cat licking themselves. Cats aren’t hypoallergenic same as dogs there are just breeds that shed less labelled hypoallergenic

        • Anonymous
          July 10, 2021 at 9:46 AM (1 month ago)

          Thank you for clarifying! I’ve been saying that for years after a vet explained it. The fur has nothing to do with it.

  2. Debi Stoll
    September 1, 2013 at 7:43 AM (8 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 (8 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 (8 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 (8 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!

    • Anonymous
      November 6, 2015 at 3:16 AM (6 years ago)

      Hi! I’m trying to cover the ends as well, using the magic circle. But I can’t figure out how to increase so I have 20 stitches of the chain of the pattern… would you please tell me how you did it?

    • Anonymous
      June 1, 2016 at 2:59 PM (5 years ago)

      How did you do this to cover both ends?

  6. Wanda Ball
    November 29, 2013 at 7:39 PM (8 years ago)

    Mamas Guide – what is a magic ring?

  7. Mary Ellen
    November 30, 2013 at 1:21 AM (8 years ago)

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

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

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

  9. Aline
    December 18, 2013 at 2:59 AM (8 years ago)


    This is so cute, I couldn’t wait to make it. Thank you for creating this pattern!

    Unfortunately, mine turned way too big. I’m a beginner in crochet and not English-speaker so it has nothing to do with your explanations. Maybe I didn’t understand very well the second step: what do you mean by “(Ch) 2 in first chain”?

    If it’s not that, I probably didn’t put enough tension in the thread. As soon as I have your answer, I’ll try again!

  10. Brittany
    August 13, 2014 at 2:02 PM (7 years ago)

    Love your pattern. Do you have a Facebook Page?

  11. Anne Hamilton
    September 1, 2014 at 9:12 AM (7 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.


    • Susan CarsonHill
      October 27, 2019 at 8:57 PM (2 years ago)

      I agree.

  12. Manda
    September 1, 2014 at 1:06 PM (7 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!

  13. Mary
    September 5, 2014 at 1:24 PM (7 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!

  14. Kimberly
    October 27, 2014 at 7:06 AM (7 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!

  15. Name
    November 23, 2014 at 9:05 AM (7 years ago)

    Will make several for my grandcat Lucy.

  16. Patty
    June 20, 2015 at 4:40 PM (6 years ago)

    Oh my! We live in the country and have rescued 6 cats/kittens that were dropped off. Well last Friday I found a 4 week old kitten at 6:30am when I took my yorkie out. He was inside our grill! He was cold and weak and I took him to the vet.We were all saying he looks simease but he lloks EXACTLY like the cat pictured with this crocheted toy. So if that picture is the Balinese cat, then thats what I have rescued. They look like identical twins except for the size of course. He is so little I had to get up and feed him twice last night(first night.)He is feeling much better today and he is just a doll. Hubby said no more cats but today he just kept saying, he is awful cute! I have a feeling Grill may be staying, lol.Thanks for sharing the pattern!
    Patty in Michigan

  17. Yarnycakes
    September 5, 2015 at 2:18 PM (6 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 😀

  18. Nina
    December 4, 2015 at 1:38 PM (6 years ago)

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

  19. Susan
    June 5, 2016 at 12:04 PM (5 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)

  20. Lynne
    July 15, 2016 at 9:11 AM (5 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.

  21. Cyndi
    September 7, 2016 at 3:39 PM (5 years ago)

    I love your cat toys. I am always looking for toys for my babies. I have a 9 year
    old female. She is my therapy cat. I just got aoung baby that I am taking care of for my daughter since her landlord told her after theshe got it, until she can move out. I babysit my grandbaby age 3. The baby kitten is a handful. OH BOY!!!

  22. Charlie Arthur Bacae
    October 1, 2016 at 6:50 AM (5 years ago)

    Just finished making this for the cat who really seems to enjoy it!

  23. Sue
    January 5, 2017 at 1:52 PM (5 years ago)

    Thanks for sharing your very cute idea for making use of scrap yarn and toilets paper rolls! I also closed the ends and put bells inside. Hopefully my daughter’s cats will enjoy this.

  24. Kathleen Lambert
    January 29, 2017 at 11:42 AM (5 years ago)

    I have used your pattern and put a plastic pill bottle with a couple dried beans in it in place of the toilet tissue tube (which gets wet and soggy with kitty slobbers). I glued the lid on with a couple drops from the glue gun. I also put catnip between the bottle and the cover. I prefer not adding the bell due to the fact it’s a choking hazard. Thanks!

  25. Morgan
    April 5, 2017 at 12:11 PM (4 years ago)

    Another safety tip: Make sure the bell is big enough that the cat won’t swallow it if they manage to chew it off the yarn. Because, like human toddlers, they can always manage just a bit more than you think they can. 🙂

    Using other folks’ tips, I’m going to use cotton yarn and a pill bottle. Given that he likes the test-toy of just a bell on a piece of yarn, I think these will be popular ;-).

  26. Elise
    April 26, 2017 at 2:24 AM (4 years ago)

    These are adorable! Love the idea! Now if only I wasn’t so bad at crocheting !

  27. Tami
    May 16, 2017 at 7:25 AM (4 years ago)

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

  28. Margaret
    October 29, 2017 at 8:18 AM (4 years ago)

    I knit, not crochet. Is there a way to translate these instructions so it could be knitted?

  29. MissesStitches
    January 3, 2018 at 11:52 AM (4 years ago)

    I just found your pattern via Pinterest and am going to make it. May I tell you a little story? It is similar to your story of getting a kitten for your daughter. When I was a little girl I loved cats. (Still do) We lived on a farm (in Iowa) and had outside cats, but none inside. On a vacation one summer we stopped at a gas station in South Dakota. A hand-lettered sign said, “Siamese kittens $5.00” I went to go look at them while my dad gassed up the car. I knew I couldn’t have one, because we were on our vacation. And besides, we had never paid money for a cat before! But it was so fun to see the little kittens and play with them for a little bit. Then I forgot about them. Maybe a month or two later my dad had to go out west on a cattle-buying trip (by himself.) On the way home he happened to stop at this same gas station. They still had kittens left and he actually bought one for me!!! He put it in a cardboard box in the back seat of the car and the cat yowled the whole way home. He arrived home in the middle of the night, and my parents woke me up so that I could open the box. I remember opening it (the box was still yowling like Siamese do!) and seeing the cat. Then I was so sleepy I just rolled over and went back to sleep. The next morning I woke up and wondered if I had dreamed the whole thing. But I went downstairs and there was the Siamese kitten! It was like a dream come true for this little girl.

  30. Casse-bonbeca
    January 6, 2018 at 5:08 AM (4 years ago)

    thanks for this great (and easy) idea… I think my cats will love it!

  31. GJ
    March 10, 2018 at 7:36 PM (3 years ago)


  32. Kimberly Morgan
    May 11, 2020 at 8:47 AM (1 year ago)

    Thanks for the free pattern. It was so easy and quick to make. I found that putting catnip into the toilet paper roll my cat played with it much more. My cat Securia also thanks you for the toys that you’ve made possible for her to have by making the pattern easy to make and free

  33. Doris Winebrenner
    July 17, 2021 at 7:55 AM (4 weeks ago)

    I made two of these for my Son-in-Law’s Niece’s Family two new Kitties 3or4 yrs ago, but since two of my own I lost the pattern. Thank You so much for being SO Talented. Thanks again


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