How to Make a Kitty Hat (for Humans)

comments (13) September 30th, 2016     

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leethal Lee Meredith, contributor
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Some simple sewing and embellishing can turn a recycled sweater into this supercute hat!
My kitty can look around with his shank-button eyes!
This one was made with a recycled T-shirt and machine topstitching for the whole face.
Some simple sewing and embellishing can turn a recycled sweater into this supercute hat!

Some simple sewing and embellishing can turn a recycled sweater into this supercute hat!

Photo: Pete Bejarano
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If you are a cat lover and a lover of wacky hats (like me!), you can use this design for yourself, but you can definitely downsize it to a kid's hat if that's more appealing to you. Make it with button eyes, appliqué nose, and embroidered mouth like I did, or mix up the techniques and make your hat your own.

You'll need:

  • A sweater to cut up (it can be felted, but it doesn't have to be)
  • Scissors
  • Sewing machine
  • Buttons, with needle and thread
  • Scrap fabric for appliqué
  • Embroidery floss or yarn and needle
  • Any other embellishment materials you want to use

I used a sweater with only a small percentage of wool and mostly synthetic fibers, which means it does not felt. If you are using an all-animal-fiber sweater (like wool), you can felt it first to thicken it up and keep it from unraveling. Because this hat is made with the sweater bottom edge as the hat bottom edge, and the cut sides are sewn closed, you don't need to worry about nonfelted sweaters unraveling.

upcycle sweater Find more upcycle projects:

• Make Hats from Recycled Sweaters
• Make a Vest from an Old Pullover Sweater
• Make a Recyled Dog Sweater
Make Snuggly Slippers from Old Sweaters

  I'd already used this sweater once before for a hat-I think this tweedy brown makes for great animal hats!

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Comments (13)

ballidhoot52 writes: nice kitty hat
Posted: 11:27 pm on July 26th
bradbates11 writes: kitty hat on cute girl. this is so nice.
Posted: 6:36 am on July 26th
Rohit Kumar writes: creative cute Design.
Posted: 6:45 am on September 5th
AnnaThomas76 writes: Insane hat, I will do it tomorrow!
Posted: 5:23 pm on October 11th
GM1973 writes: My kids love those hats I made them!
Posted: 4:54 pm on September 30th
elliotnash writes: Nice cat hat and a great way to use your old sweaters instead of throwing them in the rubbish bin.

I just had an idea. How about mouse gloves? They can definitely go with the cat hat. Too bad I'm only good with paper crafts, otherwise I would have made those mouse gloves by now.
Posted: 2:22 am on August 21st
sandienicole writes: It's so cute!!!
Posted: 6:24 am on August 1st
EchoLin writes: creative idea, i never thought the old clothes can be used in this way. Very useful , thanks for sharing.
Posted: 1:28 am on March 12th
cRaFTista writes: They are too cute to pass up! =0.0=

Will make some for my niece. Thanks for sharing :)
Posted: 6:54 pm on April 24th
sassysewer writes: Too cute! An organization here collects caps and mittens for neighborhood children in the winter. What a fun way to use all those sweaters I got sick of this winter and bagged up for donation. I'll make kitty hats instead for the kids! Ooohhh, a new fun project. Thanks so much!
Posted: 10:25 am on April 18th
miss_kodama_loli writes: ...there is a name for this kind of hat in Japan- it's called "Neko Mimi" (kitty ears)
Posted: 1:52 am on March 27th
Eternal_Clouds writes: OMG my friend would totally love this thanks so much for posting it now i know what to make her for her birthday!!!!!<3 :)
Posted: 9:48 pm on March 7th
ImaMes writes: Very cute! I'll have to make some for my grandkids next fall.
Posted: 1:04 pm on March 1st
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