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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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 (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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