How to Make a Cat’s Costume for Halloween: Patterns and Instructions

Robin Hood Cat Costume

This cat costume is totally made from fabric and felt scraps I already had.
This cat costume is totally made from fabric and felt scraps I already had. | Source

Save Money and Have a Cute Cat at the Same Time

Why make a costume when Wal-Mart, discount stores and pet store chains are selling them for Halloween?

Because

· It’s free, using supplies you probably already own

· You can customize for your own kitty

· Save the Earth (and bucks) by not using gasoline to go to the costume store


When I made costumes for my own cats, I thought others would benefit from knowing how danged easy it is to do.

Here are 2 basic designs with steps that do not even require sewing!

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SUPPLIES for NON-SEWN COSTUMES


Tape measure (the carpentry or the sewing kind)

Scissors

Fabric, such as old scraps, rags, dishtowels, bandannas, felt - about 17 inches by 10 inches (this is a very rough guideline)

Masking tape

Safety Pins

Optional: Markers, fabric paint, decorative doodads, glue

Sewers, Crafters, and Lots of People have These

Fabric scraps.
Fabric scraps. | Source
Felt scraps.
Felt scraps. | Source
Safety pins.
Safety pins. | Source
Tape measure.
Tape measure. | Source
Decorating supplies and tape.
Decorating supplies and tape. | Source

FIRST EASY COSTUME

You have probably seen all the cute pooches running around with a bandanna tied around their collar. This is the basic design – the bandanna thing. However, cats are a little more delicate and intolerant of wads of fabric around their necks, so we will reduce the amount bothering them. Also, we don’t want the front to hang so low to the ground that our sweet kitty trips.

1. Measure loosely around your cat’s neck.

2. Cut a piece a fabric about 3 inches LONGER than that measurement and 3 or 4 inches wide. From there, cut it to be narrower at the ends – as shown in picture.

3. Decorate the front “bib” with your doodads and markers or fabric paint.

4. Drape it around your cat’s neck and attach the two narrow ends in the back with either safety pins or masking tape.

Good Old Masking Tape

It works, it is easy to adjust, easy to apply, easy to remove.
It works, it is easy to adjust, easy to apply, easy to remove. | Source

SECOND EASY COSTUME

This time we will be making a circle with a neck hole. This pattern permits a bit of a cape or a coat covering the back of your cat.

1. Measure loosely around your cat’s neck.

2. Take your starter fabric and measure in 3 inches from one of the short ends. Make a small mark there with a marker. (See picture.) Put the measuring tape there and lay it in a rough circle where your cat’s neck hole will be. Trace it and cut it out. Then, cut the costume to fit and be rounded if you wish.

3. Decorate the front “bib” and the back cape with your doodads and markers or fabric paint.

Imagine looking down at your cat stretched out on the floor.  Cut a neck hole and tailor the size to fit your feline and your costume idea.
Imagine looking down at your cat stretched out on the floor. Cut a neck hole and tailor the size to fit your feline and your costume idea. | Source

Drape it around your cat’s neck. To hold it in place, make a small circle with masking tape (sticky side out) to LIGHTLY fasten the cape to the cat’s back fur.

The Good Ole Masking Tape Hidden Circle

Don't press it hard into the fur.
Don't press it hard into the fur. | Source

OPTIONAL HAT

This may require a hot glue gun or a smidge of sewing.

1. Cut stiff fabric or felt in a narrow triangle 2.5 inches tall and 7 or 8 inches wide. (See picture.)

2. Bring the 2 side points together and glue or sew a seam.

3. Decorate as desired.

4. Fasten to your cat’s head LIGHTLY by the same masking tape circle method described above.

Cap or Hat

The diagram shows the hat being made and it is upside down during construction.  Obviously, flip it over and open it to put on your cat's head.
The diagram shows the hat being made and it is upside down during construction. Obviously, flip it over and open it to put on your cat's head. | Source
The Robin Hood hat.
The Robin Hood hat. | Source

Decorating or Theme Suggestions

Bride's train

Groom – tuxedo collar and bow tie

Snowman – 3 coal buttons down front

Monk or nun

Angel or fairy (wings drawn on back cape)

Clown collar

Royalty (Princess, King, Queen cape)

Pumpkin

Elf or Santa

Magician or witch cape

Ladybug

Hunter’s camoflauge

Sports jersey

Event staff

Security

The possibilities are endless.

If your cat will wear it --

Crown Hat for cats an dogs and Wild Side Collar
Crown Hat for cats an dogs and Wild Side Collar

Wow - a very royal crown if you can convince your feline to keep it on.

 

You are GOOD to GO!

Now your cat can go to any costumed event – Halloween, Purim Party, Christmas Elf, Wedding, Birthday Party – in style! You will be happy because you have not spent hard-earned pizza money on cat clothing that might be worn only once. Your cat is happy because the costume fits her size and personality. EVERYONE is happy because the little darling looks marvelous!

Photos and text copyright 2011 Maren E. Morgan.

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randomcreative 5 years ago from Milwaukee, Wisconsin

If you have a cat that is willing to let you dress it up, these ideas are cute and so easy!


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Maren Morgan M-T 5 years ago from Pennsylvania Author

Randomcreative, so true! Using the word "willing" with "cat" is something to be valued.


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DearBandit 4 years ago

Thank you for sharing.


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Maren Morgan M-T 4 years ago from Pennsylvania Author

DearBandit, enjoy dressing up your kitty!

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