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3 Super-Easy Non-Sewing Patterns for Cats' Halloween Costumes

Rogue cat lover. Shelter kitty mom who learns by her teeny mistakes. Fortunately, they guide me with compassion for my human limitations.

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.

3 Reasons For Making Your Kitty An Awesome Unique Costume

  1. You can use supplies you probably already own and the costume will be free.
  2. You can choose a costume idea that fits your own kitty's personality or to go with your own costume.
  3. You can be an eco-hero and help the environment by not using gasoline to go to the pet store for a costume and not doing an online costume purchase requiring a delivery truck which uses gasoline. You rock!

3 Basic Designs Are Totally Adaptable

When I made costumes for my own cats and realized how easy it is, I thought others would like to knowing how simple it is to make a pet's costume.

There are 2 basic designs for the body and 1 design for a hat that do not even require sewing!

See what you can design -

Cat Costume Themes And Ideas

Bride - with a 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/Wizzard cape

Ladybug

Hunter’s camoflauge

Sports jersey

Event staff

Security

The possibilities are endless!

Supplies For Cat Costume Making

  • Tape measure
  • Scissors
  • Fabric, such as old scraps, rags, dish towels, bandannas, felt - about 17 inches by 10 inches
  • Masking tape
  • Safety Pins
  • Markers
  • Fabric paint
  • Decorative doodads
  • Glue

Sewers, Crafters, And Many People Have These

Fabric scraps.

Fabric scraps.

Felt scraps.

Felt scraps.

Safety pins.

Safety pins.

Tape measure.

Tape measure.

Decorating supplies and tape.

Decorating supplies and tape.

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.

Pattern For Bandanna Style Costume

Make 3 inches longer than your kitty's actual neck circumference.

Make 3 inches longer than your kitty's actual neck circumference.

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.

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.

Pattern For Cape Style Costume

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.

Drape the cape around your cat’s neck. To hold it in place so that it doesn't slide to the side or front and trip your cat, make a small circle with masking tape (sticky side out) to LIGHTLY fasten the cape to the cat’s back fur.

The Good Old Masking Tape Hidden Circle

Don't press it hard into the fur.

Don't press it hard into the fur.

HAT

This can be made with clear tape, a hot glue gun, safety pins, 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.

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.

Hat Pattern

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.

The Robin Hood hat.

The Robin Hood hat.

You Are Good To Go!

Now your cat can go to any costumed event in style!

  • Halloween
  • Purim Party
  • Christmas Elf
  • Wedding
  • Birthday Party
  • Superbowl


You will be happy because you have not spent hard-earned pizza money on cat clothing that might be worn only once.

Your kitty is happy because the costume fits her size and personality.

EVERYONE is happy because the little darling looks marvelous!

© 2011 Maren Elizabeth Morgan

Comments

Maren Elizabeth Morgan (author) from Pennsylvania on March 03, 2012:

DearBandit, enjoy dressing up your kitty!

DearBandit on March 03, 2012:

Thank you for sharing.

Maren Elizabeth Morgan (author) from Pennsylvania on October 23, 2011:

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

Rose Clearfield from Milwaukee, Wisconsin on October 22, 2011:

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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