How to Make a Kitty Hat (for Humans)

comments (52) October 15th, 2014     

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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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When your seams are done, poke your finger, a pen, or scissors tip into the ear points to make them nice and pointy. Now your hat base is done, so you can get started on the fun embellishing part! First, pick out your materials-I like to place all different buttons on the hat to see what looks best before committing. I also love to layer buttons for eyes to give the eyes a dimensional look-in this case, I really lucked out by coming across these black and white buttons that look like eyes! I decided to layer them on top of some plain buttons for the eye outlines. If you have a more limited supply without eye-looking buttons, you can still get cool effects with more basic layered buttons, or you could always choose to use googly eyes!

  I cut a triangle of felted wool from another recycled sweater to use for the nose.

Add your kitty face embellishments in any order you want...I started by first stitching on the nose appliqué. I just used embroidery thread to stitch it on around the edges. Then I used the same orange floss to stitch the mouth. For embroidering short lines, I like to do it like this:

  I start with a running stitch from one end of the line to the other...


  ...then I come back the other way and fill in the holes.

I find that method the easiest for stand-alone lines like the mouth, instead of doing a backstitch, because this way my floss is back where I started, to stitch the other side and/or to tie it to the other end.

  I stitched the mouth on a bit crooked to give my kitty some personality!

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Comments (52)

Dallinlarsen222 writes: good job
Posted: 2:06 am on September 27th
Dallin_larsen1 writes: Superb
Posted: 2:15 am on September 23rd
DallinLArsen33 writes: nice woolen cap

Posted: 3:10 am on September 14th
Johnychamp writes: nice fabrics
Posted: 5:59 am on September 13th
charlosmarcos writes: this is adorable
Posted: 1:37 pm on August 23rd
JosefaBohn writes: great
Posted: 11:53 am on August 23rd
Parkevenew writes: Creative
Posted: 2:53 am on August 20th
Parkevenew writes: Creative
Posted: 2:53 am on August 20th
matthewtweedie writes: Ultimate
Posted: 11:52 pm on August 1st
davidrayan writes: nice work.
Posted: 1:18 pm on July 5th
FelisaRussell writes: Nice hat. love those eyes.
Posted: 11:41 am on July 5th
DorisNorris writes: nice try
Posted: 4:59 am on June 13th
jacobjohn11 writes: great one
Posted: 12:15 pm on May 23rd
Kavinjose writes: thats nice
Posted: 5:41 am on May 23rd
jacobgravers writes: good one
Posted: 11:59 pm on May 10th
Brunojohn writes: Too creative Good
Posted: 12:24 pm on May 10th
alexaida writes: good job
Posted: 12:02 pm on May 9th
charlosmarcos11 writes: creative
Posted: 3:00 am on May 7th
Davidecristiana writes: awesome
Posted: 11:53 pm on April 28th
GeorgeHarris writes: Cute one........
Posted: 11:40 am on April 25th
Albert_Robert writes: Love it
Posted: 11:33 am on April 20th
Carolyoung writes: so cute kitty cat
Posted: 10:47 am on January 21st
dennysmudge writes: cool ..
Posted: 11:58 am on January 19th
DarylLee1 writes: awesome cap
Posted: 3:34 am on January 11th
mickysingh writes: nice woolen cap

Posted: 1:52 am on October 16th
ajayind writes: I like Your Art Work
Posted: 2:04 am on October 15th
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
Austin_Ayword writes: nice hat
Posted: 1:27 am on July 6th
Anna_Bloom writes: cute cat hat
Posted: 6:05 am on July 2nd
esteph6 writes: i love cats
Posted: 4:28 am on July 2nd
Deepak786 writes: great work
Posted: 4:33 am on April 9th
Fabric1869 writes: hahaha thats great!
Posted: 9:01 am on March 26th
Ashtonjames writes: awesome cap
Posted: 12:21 am on March 16th
elizabeth563 writes: superb
Posted: 12:54 am on March 12th
Brettlii writes: very very nice
Posted: 2:05 am on February 28th
elizazet writes: awesome work buddy .........keep it up
Posted: 11:04 am on January 21st
AkhilGupta writes: great work
Posted: 2:29 am on December 16th
johan21 writes: nice
Posted: 4:23 am on December 9th
Lissa53 writes: great
Posted: 6:00 am on November 14th
Sofia56 writes: great
Posted: 12:08 am on November 11th
jinkarten writes: awesome cap
Posted: 5:34 am on October 24th
munezlaine writes: awesome work buddy .........keep it up bro
Posted: 11:20 am on September 11th
fosterlaine writes: impressive stuff
Posted: 2:36 am on September 11th
sandylaine writes: superb
Posted: 9:59 am on September 10th
sunnylaine writes: great work
Posted: 1:36 pm on September 7th
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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