How to Sew a Corner Cat Hammock - My Easy Pattern and Tutorial
Anyone can make one of these very inexpensive super simple-to-sew cat hammocks. I encourage you to spread a little joy and sunshine to a feline near you! My greatest wish is for everyone to PLEASE share this pattern with all animal lovers.
A little background info: I began sewing these corner cat hammocks at the request of the animal behaviorist at the Hawaiian Humane Society in 2012. I continue to sew and donate to this shelter and many more throughout the mainland U.S. as my time allows. For some time now, I've made my original PDF pattern available for purchase for $2 on Etsy under my user name there, HIPam, and used the monies from the sale of the pattern to help more animals in need.
I have kept the price of this pattern low in the hopes more people would be enticed to make hammocks for their own pets and of course, to donate to their local non-profit animal shelter or animal rescue. Now I've also decided to provide my tutorial to make these cat hammocks FREE here on this page.
The more people sewing for the animals, perhaps more and more animals will find their forever homes just a little bit quicker. Studies show a happier, more relaxed animal DOES have a better chance at a quicker adoption. So, folks, please start up those sewing machines!
As a THANK YOU and for even more ways of helping the animals.......
Photo credit: Andrew Mathias at the Hawaiian Humane Society
Time required: One Hour
Cost: Approx $8 or Less Each
- One 30 x 54 terry cotton bath towel (makes two corner cat hammocks)
- One half yard muslin to make pattern
- One half yard batting (recycled quilted mattress pad from thrift shop is what I use)
- Five feet length of 1-inch wide Polypro webbing (lightweight, but strong; easy to sew)
- Thread Dual Duty (Polyester covered Polyester)
- Four size 6mm carabiners (these will be labeled NOT FOR CLIMBING)
- Gridded transparent ruler (makes marking pattern lines that much easier)
- Pencil or pen
- Size 90/14 Med weight sewing machine needle
- Sewing Scissors and pins
- Cardboard Cutting Grid (I never sew without mine)
1. Make a Muslin Pattern
Fold the Â½ yard of muslin in half and press fold crisply with an iron.
As shown in picture, lay folded muslin piece on top of work surface (I’m using a cardboard cutting grid). Using transparent ruler and a pencil begin drawing the pattern.
Draw the cutting line borders in the following order.
Draw a line from point A to point B at 14 Â½” long
Draw a line from point A to point C at 3” long
Draw a line from point B to point F at 15" long
Draw a line from point B to point D at 2 Â¼” long
Draw a line from point D to point E at 16 Â¼” long
Draw a line from point F to point E at 2 Â¼” long
Draw a line from point C to point E at 18” long
Cut out pattern piece along drawn lines EXCEPT point B to F (this is the halfway fold of your pattern piece.)
*Please note the photo actually shows the measurements written directly onto the muslin pattern piece. I have done this for demonstrative purposes only.
2. Now, you will unfold muslin pattern piece so it lays flat facing you on work surface. On the right hand side of muslin pattern piece, mark an opening approximately 6” in length. This opening will be used for turning the piece after sewing.
Stitching lines shown in orange. Please refer back to this photo when beginning to sew.
3. As a gentle reminder, use a pen to write these words along bottom section of the muslin pattern piece. Something to the effect of:
DO NOT CUT along bottom fold line! Place whole pattern piece as flush with bottom fold line as possible.
4. Prepare and Cut Pattern in TowelTo prepare towel, first fold bath towel in half with the “dress side of towel” on the outside. Cut towel exactly in half along this line.
5. Before Pinning the Pattern...
Note: There is no photo of this step, but it is very, very simple to do.
With toweling cut in half, lay one piece with dress side up facing you. Set other half aside for the next hammock.
Grab the upper left hand corner of the towel and fold this corner down so it touches the right hand side of the towel along the line which was previously cut. Smooth with hand.
6. Pin muslin pattern piece to toweling as shown.
7. Cut out pattern piece along all sides EXCEPT for the bottom fold line; leave this folded section intact.
8. Prepare Four Straps for Hammock
Cut four pieces of polypro webbing at 15” length each for the four straps. With a disposable lighter, lightly singe both cut ends of the straps to prevent fraying.
9. Fold each of the straps in half and pin to the dress side of toweling in the
positions shown. Note the towel is not folded in half during this step.
10. CLOSE UP VIEW The joined edges of each folded strap are pinned exactly 1 inch from the edge of toweling.
At sewing machine, sew the straps in place Â½” from the edge of toweling.
11. Cut ONE muslin pattern piece out of single layer of batting. It will NOT be folded.
BEFORE sewing the layers together as shown in the bottom half of the
picture, ensure all four straps are tucked INSIDE.
Just to reiterate, in the bottom half of the picture I wanted to show again how the straps MUST be tucked INSIDE the towel before sewing. DRESS sides together and straps INSIDE.
You'll Need Webbing for the Straps
12. Sew through all layers in a Â½” seam from raw edge along stitching lines as shown in orange in the picture below.
13. Turn Hammock Right Side Out
Insert hand into the six inch opening and grasp one corner of the hammock inside. Turn right side out.
Slip stitch or top stitch opening closed.
Next, start at short end of hammock and top stitch at least two areas at random with machine from top to bottom edge to ensure batting remains in place at bottom edge inside the hammock during use. Note the curved top stitching on the toweling for this purpose.
14. You can:
1. Make corner cat hammocks in all colors!
2. Position the straps at different points on the wire grid will create a nice cozy swag if you have a cat or kitten that prefers that.
3. These hammocks are easy to wash and dry.
4. You can even use prewashed upholstery fabric (shown in lower right hand corner) if you have a fancy cat. :)