How To Make A Halloween Ladybug Costume For A Kitten
Kitten In Ladybug Costume
We Can Make Costumes For Cats
We cat family folks are a fierce and tenacious bunch. To us, it seems that pet retailers grossly favor dogs, offering many more toys and clothing than they do for felines. These retailers are missing plenty of opportunities to sell us clothing for our little darlings!
In the meantime, though, the creative crafters and sewing people among us can make clothing and costumes for our cats. We will have them ready for Halloween, Purim, and Mardi Gras.
More Views Of Halloween Kitten Costume
Mistake To Avoid If Your Cat Is Under Age One Year
It's only one - but it is a biggie:
Measuring Too Early
Boy oh boy, did I mess up here. Because I enjoy holidays, I start preparing way in advance. For my new, precious kitten born in July, I mulled over many ideas for a costume for him. After considering ideas which fit for someone tiny (a peanut, a shrimp, and so on), I settled on the ladybug idea. The fire engine red would contrast nicely with his fur color, whereas the brown of a peanut costume would make the outfit almost invisible on his orange-brown coat.
Then, I went the easy route: I purchased a small red doggie shirt at a pet store to be the base of the costume. Amend that: I purchased size XS – extra small – as for a teacup Chihuahua. That was because my little boy weighed 1 and ¾ pounds when I bought the shirt in early September.
When we got to early October, he had doubled his weight! He had become 3 and ¾ pounds and would not fit in the shirt. The moral of my story: Kittens grow! (Duh.)
If you heed my advice but still do not trust your estimation of your kitten’s growth, have some elastic or extra fabric on hand.
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Supplies And Tools For Making Kitten Ladybug Costume
- Red pet shirt that you think will fit your kitten on Halloween (overestimate growth to be safe!)
- Red fabric about 4 inches by 10 inches
- Red thread
- Black fabric paint or permanent marker
- Measuring tape
- Needle or sewing machine
How To Make Costume - Step By Step
Try the shirt on your kitten. You may need to snip the neck opening to enlarge it as I did (see picture below) for it to fit over her dear head.
Then measure your kitten from neck to back legs. If this measurement is less than 10 inches, you will need to adjust the length of your fabric ladybug oval. Cut an oval from your red fabric. This will be the wings in the closed position.
Sew the oval it onto the shirt in this manner:
Attach one short end to the neck back of the shirt and sew across. Then sew down the center line of the oval (if you think of the oval as an American football, this is where the threads are) and it is the "spine" of the kitty.
If you desire, you can also sew from the neck halfway down the sides of the oval to keep it from being brushed up and out of position.
Some of the oval "wings" fabric should extend beyond the shirt bottom.
Use your black marker or paint to paint a light line down the center of the oval - this represents the split between the 2 wings of the ladybug.
Then paint spots on the back.
I put a black line at the neck of the costume for a hint of the ladybug's black head.
My Rescue Procedure To Supersize A Kitten Ladybug Costume
If the shirt no longer fits your kitten as Halloween draws nearer, first try enlarging the neck with a vertical slit.
If that is not enough room for your growing kitten, cut the front open, as if it was a cardigan sweater.
Then, measure the circumference around your kitten's neck and belly. Make red fabric strips about one-half inch wide to sew across the shirt opening to hold it on. Attach to one side only.
With the rescue procedure, at least it is easier to sew the oval onto the back along a midline. After doing all your sewing to put the oval on the shirt, then sew the other side of the "extender strips" onto the shirt.
From there, follow the procedures above.
One Way to Adjust the Costume
When More Adjustment Is Required
Straps Go Under The Belly
My Kitten Is Worth It!
There is a lot I will do for my cat family members, and this is just one of the ways I love them up!
The fellow in my photos is now a very healthy, happy six-year-old cat. He is a great boy!
© 2012 Maren Elizabeth Morgan